Singapore, China reach 30-day visa exemption agreement

By VNA   January 25, 2024 | 05:29 pm PT
Singapore, China reach 30-day visa exemption agreement
Chinese tourists pose for photos with the Merlion statue at Marina Bay in Singapore, May 3, 2023. Photo by Reuters
Singapore and China have agreed to a 30-day mutual visa-free entry for their citizens, which will formally come into force on Feb. 9 - the eve of the Lunar New Year.

As reported by the Channel News Asia, plans for the 30-day mutual visa exemption agreement were announced last December during the two countries’ highest-level annual bilateral forum, which was co-chaired by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong and Chinese Vice Premier Ding Xuexiang.

Singaporeans holding ordinary passports can currently enter China without a visa for 15 days for purposes like sightseeing, visiting family and business.

China resumed this arrangement in July last year, more than three years after it was suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Chinese citizens currently require a visa to enter Singapore.

Between January and November 2023, Singapore welcomed a total of 12.4 million tourists, of which the number of Chinese visitors was just over 1.2 million.

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