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China, Australia agreed to grant 5 year visas to each other’s citizens for tourism and business

China and Australia have announced a reciprocal agreement to issue multiple-entry visas valid for up to five years for tourism and business purposes, effective from Friday, according to a statement from the Chinese foreign ministry.

This move signifies a positive development in bilateral relations following a recent visit by China’s Premier Li Qiang to Australia, aimed at stabilizing ties after a period of strained relations.

Previously, Chinese citizens seeking to visit Australia could obtain visas valid for up to one year, with options for longer durations up to 10 years for frequent travelers.

This new arrangement enhances travel flexibility and promotes closer economic and cultural exchanges between the two nations.

China’s decision to ease visa restrictions aligns with broader efforts to relax entry requirements for visitors from various countries, following stringent COVID-19 measures that restricted international travel for several years. This policy adjustment aims to facilitate smoother travel experiences for both business and leisure purposes.

During Premier Li’s visit to Australia, he also announced China’s intention to include Australia in its visa waiver program, allowing Australian passport holders to visit China visa-free for up to 15 days. This reciprocal gesture underscores mutual efforts to enhance people-to-people exchanges and strengthen diplomatic ties between the two countries.

The visa policy changes reflect a commitment to fostering deeper cooperation in trade, investment, and cultural exchanges, positioning China and Australia for expanded collaboration in a post-pandemic world.

This diplomatic initiative marks a significant step towards enhancing mutual understanding and promoting sustainable development across various sectors.

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