DUBLIN – In a significant development, Chinese Premier Li Qiang announced on Wednesday that China will apply a unilateral visa-free policy for Ireland.
The premier conveyed this decision during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House, the official Irish state guest house.
The move is aimed at fostering increased personnel exchanges between the two nations though no specific details regarding the commencement date or the duration of the visa-free arrangement were provided during the meeting
A day earlier, Chinese Premier Li expressed the importance of promoting bilateral cooperation and strengthening ties between China and Ireland through facilitated travel.
China has been opening up to the world in recent months. Recently, the country also committed to granting visa-free entry to the citizens of Switzerland.
The introduction of visa-free access marks significant progress since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
China is the world’s most populous country, and boasts iconic places such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and vibrant cities like Beijing and Shanghai. With a population of over 1.4 billion, China’s rich history, diverse landscapes, and economic prowess define its global significance.
On the other hand, Ireland, located in northwest Europe, is known for its lush landscapes, historic castles, and vibrant cities like Dublin. Notable places include the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry. The population is around 4.9 million, with a rich cultural heritage and a strong influence in literature and music.