Under the guidance of the Italian Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Alberto Bradanini, and taking into account the growing demand for Italian visas from Chinese people, the Consulate General of Italy in Guangzhou will open a priority track for individual tourism visa applications (green channel). The move is in line with similar initiatives launched by the Italian Embassy in Beijing and by the Italian Consulate General in Shanghai, and will go into effect March 21, 2014.
In order to streamline the process, the Consulate General has selected eight tour operators to which Chinese citizens living in the consulate's jurisdiction can refer for travel arrangements and visa applications. The consulates reach residents in Guangdong Province, Hunan Province, Fujian Province, Hainan Province, Jiangxi Province, and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
The selected tour operators are: CAISSA; CYTS; CITS; CTRIP; GZL International Travel Service; NANHU International Travel Service; SZL (Shunde International Travel Service) and CTS Guangdong.
For Chinese citizens that choose to use the green channel, a referral to one of these tour operators will give them two important advantages: exemption from individual interviews and priority status for their applications. Under normal circumstances, visas will be issued in 48 to 72 hours.
The Italian Consulate General of Italy in Guangzhou deems that such a measure will contribute to changing the perception of the visa – usually identified as an obstacle to traveling to Italy. At the same time, the green channel represents a useful tool aimed at satisfying the ever increasing and diversifying needs of Chinese tourists.