Singapore and China Initiate 30-Day Visa-Free Travel Starting February 9

26-01-2024

(Worldkings.org) In a significant development, Singapore and China have reached an agreement to allow their citizens to travel between the two countries without a visa for up to 30 days. This arrangement, which is expected to commence on February 9, 2024, marks a milestone in the bilateral relations between the two nations.

The mutual 30-day visa-free entry agreement was signed by government representatives from both Singapore and China on January 25, 2024. This agreement allows Singaporean and Chinese citizens holding ordinary passports to enter each other's countries without a visa for a duration of no more than 30 days. The agreement covers travel for business, sightseeing, visiting friends and family, and other private affairs.

However, individuals who plan to engage in activities that require prior approval, such as work or news reporting, or those who plan to stay for more than 30 days, must still secure the relevant visa before entry.

 

Mr Peter Tan (left), Singapore’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, in Beijing on Jan 25, 2024. The mutual 30-day visa exemption agreement between Singapore and China will come into effect from Feb 9, 2024. (Photo: Facebook/Singapore Embassy in China)

 

The proposal for this agreement was first announced nearly two months ago, during the 19th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation meeting. This meeting, which is the highest-level annual bilateral forum between Singapore and China, was co-chaired by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong and Chinese Vice Premier Ding Xuexiang.

At the time, Mr. Ding expressed that the visa-free arrangement would “provide greater convenience for people-to-people exchanges”. This sentiment was echoed by Mr. Wong, who stated that the agreement would enable more people-to-people exchanges, thereby fortifying the bedrock of bilateral relations.

 

Prior to this agreement, Singaporeans could enter China without a visa for 15 days for purposes like sightseeing, visiting family, and business. On the other hand, Chinese citizens were required to have a visa to enter Singapore.

 

The new 30-day mutual visa-free entry agreement is expected to enhance the ease of travel between the two countries, thereby promoting cultural exchange and strengthening diplomatic ties. It also signifies a step towards post-pandemic recovery, with an improvement in flight connectivity.

Singapore and China reach agreement on mutual 30-day visa-free entry; arrangement begins on Feb 9
Chinese tourists pose for photos with the Merlion statue at Marina Bay in Singapore, May 3, 2023. (File photo: Reuters/Edgar Su)

 

As we look forward to the implementation of this agreement, it is clear that this development marks a new chapter in the diplomatic relations between Singapore and China.

According to channelnewsasia


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