China To Resume Visa-Free Policy For Singaporeans

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The Chinese government will resume a 15-day, visa-free facility for Singaporeans travelling to China from midnight on Wednesday (Jul 26), more than three years after it was
The Chinese government will resume a 15-day, visa-free facility for Singaporeans travelling to China from midnight on Wednesday (Jul 26), more than three years after it was - Reuters pic.

The policy will allow Singaporeans holding ordinary passports to enter China for business, tourism, family visits and transit purposes

SINGAPORE — The Chinese government will resume the 15-day visa-free policy for Singaporeans from Wednesday (26 July), more than three years after it was suspended, Xinhua reported.

According to a statement from the Chinese Embassy in Singapore on Sunday (23 July), the policy will allow Singaporeans holding ordinary passports to enter China for business, tourism, family visits and transit purposes.

Visas which have been issued to Singapore citizens are still valid, and visa applications that have been lodged will be processed normally, according to the statement.

On social media, Singapore’s foreign ministry said that reinstating the visa-free policy will facilitate people and business flows between the countries and pave the way for deeper bilateral cooperation.

China stopped issuing visas to foreigners in March 2020, just after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and also suspended the 15-day visa-free facility for Singaporeans.

The Chinese government resumed issuing all types of visas to foreigners in March this year but kept the visa-free facility suspended.

Those seeking to travel to China faced long lines and long waiting times for appointments at a designated visa centre in Robinson Road.

According to The Business Times, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong in May. had expressed hope that China would restore the visa-free arrangement, during his first official visit to the country as DPM. — Agencies