China, Singapore to start mutual visa-free entry on Feb 9

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A view of the Singapore skyline on January 27, 2023. (Photo: Reuters)

A view of the Singapore skyline on January 27, 2023. (Photo: Reuters)

SINGAPORE – Citizens from China and Singapore can go to one another with no need a visa from February 9, because the world’s second-largest economic system ramps up efforts to encourage extra cross-border exchanges.

The visa-free plan – reached on (*9*) in a bilateral settlement – will permit Chinese and Singaporeans to keep within the different nation for up to 30 days with out a journey allow, in accordance to Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).

The proposal has been within the works for weeks, and the Singapore authorities introduced final month that the 2 sides have been wanting to set up a reciprocal association throughout Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong’s go to to China.

China started opening up to Singapore by restoring visa-free entry for passport holders from the nation in July 2023, greater than three years after the pandemic suspended invites. Currently, Singaporeans can journey to China for up to 15 days with out a visa. Chinese passport holders want one to enter the Southeast Asian city-state.

Beijing has proven a rising effort to promote tourism and enterprise hyperlinks amid home pressures from deflation and decreased demand. China has scrapped visa necessities for 11 nations since final yr.

The nation has carried out different measures to open up the economic system, together with making it simpler to apply for visas on arrival. Visa software charges are additionally charged for overseas nationals.

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