The Chinese passport is currently ranked 73rd place on the Guide Passport Index. It provides visa-free access to 71 destinations. Giving it an overall medium-low mobility score. Chinese passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Chinese nationals require a visa to enter about 158 destinations in the world. Some of the destinations where a prior visa is required are the United States, the European Union, Russia and Japan.
The China passport ranking relative to other global passports is calculated by adding up the number of countries that allow China passport holders to enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those that allow China passport holders to enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (eTA). There are currently a total of 31 China passport visa-free countries, 38 China visa-on-arrival countries, and 2 eTA destinations.
Altogether, China passport holders can enter a total of 71 destinations—either without a visa, through a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the China passport ranks 73 in the world.
Separate from these China visa-free countries and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 158 additional destinations which China passport holders either need a physical visa to enter or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).
The People’s Republic of China consists of 22 provinces, 4 municipalities, 5 autonomous regions and 2 special administrative regions. The nation is situated in Eastern Asia. Some of the biggest neighboring countries are Mongolia, India, Russia and Kazakhstan. China has a surface area of 9.5 million square kilometers. This makes it the 4th largest country in the world. Its climate is extremely diverse from the subarctic north to the tropical south. Its terrain is equally mixed comprised of mostly mountains, plains, high plateaus and desserts in the west.
The overall population of 1.4 billion people makes it the most populated country in the world. The capital of the nation is Beijing. The most populous city however is Shanghai with over 24 million inhabitants. Other major cities are Tianjin, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Chongqing. The largest airport is Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) with 100 million yearly passengers. Beijing is the second busiest airport in the world and has connections to every continent.
China’s culture is strongly influenced by its communist and imperial history. The main religions are Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. The official language is Mandarin Chinese. The legal system is the civil law influenced by Soviet and European models. The government type is a communist party led state. The chief of state is President Xi Jinping. Premier Li Keqian is the head of government. The elections take place every 5 years and the president is elected indirectly through National People’s Congress.
The official currency of the country is the Chinese yuan (CNY) with the current exchange rate being CNY 6.7 to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $24.2 trillion. Its citizens have a per capita income of $17,206. The GDP is mostly made up of 3 key sectors, which are industry, agriculture and services. The main GDP contributing products are mining products, manufactured products and agricultural raw materials. China’s GDP is the second largest in the world.
China is filled with a variety of urban and natural tourism destinations and attractions. It is known for its vast nature and different cultural sites available throughout its diverse geography. It has a staggering 55 UNESCO world heritage sites. Some of the major destinations include the capital Beijing, the Great Wall of China, Xi’an, Chengdu, Guilin and Shanghai among many others. The nation has a total of over 141 million tourists visiting every year from all over the world.