S’pore & China Citizens Can Travel Visa-Free Between Both Countries From 9 Feb

Singapore & China Agree On 30-Day Visa-Free Travel For Citizens

Singapore and China will allow their passport holders to travel visa-free between each other’s territories starting from Chinese New Year’s Eve, which falls on 9 Feb.

Citizens with ordinary passports from either country will be able to stay in the other country for up to 30 days.

They include those travelling for purposes of tourism, social visits, and business.

Currently, citizens of China need to apply for a visa before they can come to Singapore. Meanwhile, Singapore citizens have a 15-day limit if they visit China without a visa.

Visa-free travel between Singapore & China passport holders

According to China Daily, representatives from both governments signed the agreement in Beijing on Thursday (25 Jan).

This agreement grants citizens of both countries visa-free entry for stays of up to 30 days.

The new regulation will kick in on 9 Feb, which is the eve of Chinese New Year.

It will apply to ordinary passport holders travelling for purposes of tourism, visiting relatives, or business.

New arrangement first announced in Dec 2023

Currently, Singapore passport holders can travel to China for 15 days without a visa, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (MFA) China Travel Page.

China passport holders, on the other hand, need to apply for a visa before they can enter Singapore.

The two governments had to previously suspend talks for the policy due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Lianhe Zaobao reported.

Discussions resumed on 26 July 2023.

Subsequently, representatives from Singapore and China jointly announced the proposed arrangement on 7 Dec 2023 during the 19th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC).

S’poreans Will Be Able To Visit China Visa-Free For Up To 30 Days In New Agreement

The meeting was co-chaired by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong and Chinese Vice Premier Ding Xuexiang.

At the council, DPM Wong noted that this will allow for more “people-to-people exchanges”.

In addition, this will strengthen the “bedrock” of the relationship between the two nations.

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