China will cease issuing particular person journey permits for Taiwan to individuals in 47 mainland cities from Aug. 1, its tradition and tourism ministry mentioned on Wednesday, citing the state of ties with the self-dominated island, however, gave no details.
Folks from the mainland need permission to journey to what Beijing regards as a renegade province. Only travelers from 47 cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Xiamen have been allowed to go to Taiwan independently.
Mainland travelers with permits issued before Thursday can follow the original itinerary, however, after that date, vacationers can only go in teams, stated China International Travel Service (CITS), a major a mainland tour operator.
“We’re aware of the suspension,” mentioned another operator, Shanghai Spring International Travel Service. “Today is the final day to register for the permit as individuals.”
Travelers who had booked individual trips, however, had but to obtain permits may consider group travel, Chinese online travel agency Ctrip said.
Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council expressed its stern protest and condemnation of the transfer to China.
“The mainland authorities unilaterally destroyed the settlement without communication with our side,” the panel mentioned in a press release.
“We aren’t delighted to see normal tourism and trade throughout the Strait has been disrupted by political elements.”
In recent times, China has stepped up military drills around Taiwan, together with regularly flying what Beijing calls “island encirclement” exercises and sending warships into surrounding waters.