Visa-free regime between China and Australia: traveling between countries will become much easier

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Безвизовый режим между Китаем и Австралией: путешествовать между странами станет намного проще

China is opening its doors even wider to the world. The other day, Australia and China agreed to simplify the visa regime between the states. Find out what will change for tourists from both countries in 2024

Every year, millions of Chinese citizens travel the world and explore new countries. At the same time, travelers from different countries dream of traveling toChina. China is an important player in global tourism. The only thing that complicates travel is visa requirements, which the government has been trying to simplify in recent years. In particular, Australia and China recently signed a document on visa facilitation. Australia has become the latest country to join the “China Visa Waiver Program”.

What will change forTourists? We tell you further.

China will add Australia to its own “Visa-free program”

Chinese Premier Li Qiang said during an official visit to Australia that the two governments had agreed to provide each other with mutual access to five-year multiple-entry visas for tourism, business and family visits in order to better facilitate interstate exchanges. China will also include Australia in its “Visa Waiver Program.”

The details of the new agreement are still unknown, but it is already clear that Australia, like New Zealand, will join the list of countries with which China has established a visa-free regime.

Which countries are participating in the Chinese visa waiver program?

In November 2023, China introduced a trial visa-free regime for citizens of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Malaysia.

In March, China expanded the program to include Ireland, Switzerland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg.

With the recent addition of Australia and New Zealand, the number of countries using visa-free entry to China now stands at 14.

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Conditions of the “Visa-free Program in China”

At first, China announced a visa-free regime for a trial period until November 30, 2024, but has now extended it until December 31, 2025.

Passport holders of these countries can stay in China for up to 15 days for tourism, business, family travel or transit.

How else has China simplified visa requirements?

In addition to the above changes China has also signed a visa waiver agreement with Singapore and Thailand. It came into force on March 1 and gave tourists the right to stay in the state for 30 days.

Visa requirements have also been eased for U.S. citizens visiting the country on tourist visas. Now travelers do not need to provide proof of availability of round-trip air tickets, hotel reservations, travel itinerary or invitation letters.

Additionally, the Chinese government has relaxed entry rules for tourists arriving on cruise ships. From May 15, such visitors can stay in China without visas for up to 15 days.

All these initiatives are aimed at restoring the country’s tourism sector, which was significantly affected after the pandemic. In addition to the introduction of new visa-free programsChina is investing in improving tourism infrastructure, technology and electronic payment systems to provide a convenient environment for European tourists. Such initiatives are aimed at promoting China’s multifaceted cultural and historical heritage.

Recall that we talked about the available types of visas and the necessary package of documents for moving to China in 2024in this article.

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