BEIJING – In a significant development, China and Singapore have formalized an agreement to offer visa-free entry for their citizens.
The agreement was inked by the government representatives from both countries in Beijing on Thursday under which from February this year, citizens holding ordinary passports would enjoy stays of up to 30 days.
This progressive policy specifically caters to those traveling for tourism, visiting family, or engaging in business activities.
The agreement stemmed from discussions at the 19th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) in Tianjin, China, last December, where top officials from both countries reached a consensus.
Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Lawrence Wong, emphasized the commitment to enhancing people-to-people interactions, particularly with the increasing flights between Singapore and China. This commitment is manifested through a 30-day mutual visa exemption arrangement.
Singapore witnessed over 1 million Chinese visitors in the initial nine months of the preceding year, solidifying mainland China’s role as a major contributor to Singapore’s tourism, both during pre and post-COVID-19 eras.
Furthermore, Malaysia and Thailand have also joined this regional effort by introducing visa-free policies for Chinese visitors, signaling a broader initiative to boost tourism industries across the region.
China, the world’s most populous country, boasts over 1.4 billion residents. It holds a leading position in the global economy, with a diverse industrial base, technological advancements, and significant contributions to international trade, making it a key player on the world stage.
On the other hand, Singapore, a city-state, has a population of around 5.7 million. Renowned for its economic prowess, the nation excels in finance, technology, and trade. With a highly developed infrastructure and strategic location, Singapore stands as a global economic hub.