Independent travel to Taiwan will be suspended from August 1, 2019, given current cross-Straits relations, according to a statement posted Wednesday on the official website of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Under a program launched in 2011, residents in 47 cities on the Chinese mainland are allowed to apply for individual entry permits to Taiwan.
Those cities are listed as follows:
The first batch: Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen
The second batch: Tianjin, Nanjing, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Fuzhou, Jinan and Xi’an;
The third batch: Suzhou, Wuhan, Ningbo, Qingdao, Zhengzhou, Shenyang, Changchun, Shijiazhuang, Changsha, Kunming, Nanning, Hefei and Quanzhou;
The fourth batch: Harbin, Taiyuan, Nanchang, Guiyang, Dalian, Wuxi, Wenzhou, Zhongshan, Yantai and Zhangzhou;
The fifth batch: Haikou, Hohhot, Lanzhou, Yinchuan, Changzhou, Zhoushan, Huizhou, Weihai, Longyan, Guilin and Xuzhou.