Five cities added to visa-free program will encourage air service development at YVR

RICHMOND, BC, July 31, 2015 /CNW/ – Vancouver International Airport (YVR) welcomes the latest expansion to Canada China Transit Program, announced today by the Honourable Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Effective immediately, five Chinese cities have been added to the list of approved Asian cities from which Chinese nationals can travel to YVR en route to the U.S. without requiring a Canadian visa.

Canada China Transit Program

The addition of Xiamen, Fuzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang and Harbin more than doubles the number of mainland Chinese cities in the program, and comes just months after Minister Alexander expanded the program to include Tokyo and Seoul in May 2015. Spearheaded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Minister Alexander worked closely with Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney to develop a system that would be economically beneficial for Canada while continuing to protect our borders. Under Minister Blaney’s leadership, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) expedited the risk assessment of each of the five cities, helping accelerate today’s program expansion. Eligibility criteria and the list of participating cities are available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada

The expanding Canada China Transit Program enables YVR to capitalize on its geographic advantage and continue to grow as North America‘s preferred connecting hub.

Airlines currently participating in the program are: Air Canada, Air Canada rouge, Air China, WestJet, Cathay Pacific, Philippine  Airlines, China Southern, Jazz Air, Sky Regional Airlines and Air Georgian.

“The addition of Chengdu, Fuzhou, Harbin, Shenyang and Xiamen to the Canada China Transit Program means even greater choice and flexibility for eligible Chinese travelers transiting through Canada, as well as new business opportunities for participating airlines and airports,” said Chris Alexander, Canada‘s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

“With the addition of five new cities to the Canada China Transit Program, our government continues to demonstrate its commitment to facilitating legitimate trade and travel, “said Steven Blaney, Canada‘s Minister of Public Safety.

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