By Laura C. LiuPosted May 29, 2018 05:22:02Citizens of China, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Australia can now travel to all four countries without a visa from China and Australia.
In a statement, Visa Canada said that the visa waiver program for those countries, which allows Chinese citizens and permanent residents to travel to Canada, will remain in place, as well as that of Brazil and Australia for those in the Americas, Pacific Islands, or South and Central America.
The announcement came just hours after the State Department and the US State Department announced that they were suspending visa waiver programs for people in those four countries.
It’s unclear why the visa waivers were suspended.
But the announcement from the US Department of State and the State Dept. was largely expected.
The US Department said that visa waivers are not currently available to people from these four countries, and the visa-waiver program in the US will continue to operate as before.
The US State Dept., which oversees visa waivers, did not respond to questions from CNNMoney about why the waiver programs were suspended and why those countries were not eligible for the waiver program.
The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to CNNMoney’s request for comment.CNNMoney’s own research shows that visa-based waivers are widely available in the United States.
A visa waiver application for a Canadian citizen from Vancouver, Canada can be downloaded here and an application for an Australian citizen from Melbourne, Australia can be found here.
A Chinese visa application can be obtained here and a US visa application is available here.
In addition, there are online programs for those from the United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland, and for people from Australia, Canada (Canada), Japan, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan.