China-Singapore Visa-Free Policy Sparks Huge Increase in Travel – Latest News, Stats, and Updates

2024-02-12 08:27:00

Chinese media reported that statistics from the Shanghai Airport Border Inspection Station showed that more than 10,000 people entered and exited the Shanghai Pudong Airport within three days of the implementation of the new China-Singapore visa-free policy.

China Central Television News made the above report on Monday (February 12), citing information from Shanghai Border Inspection.

According to reports, the mutual visa exemption agreement between China and Singapore officially came into effect on New Year’s Eve (February 9). People from China and Singapore holding ordinary passports can enter the other country without a visa to engage in private matters such as tourism, family visits, and business, and their stay shall not exceed 30 days. . This agreement provides more convenience for travel between the two countries.

According to statistics from the Shanghai Airport Border Inspection Station, after three days of mutual visa exemption between China and New Zealand, as many as 10,837 visa-free persons from the two countries entered and exited through the Shanghai Pudong Airport port, accounting for 90% of the total number of passengers traveling between the two countries. Among them, nearly 10,000 were residents from mainland China, 15 times the number in the same period last year. The above-mentioned ports also welcomed more than 870 Singaporean tourists who entered the country without visas, nine times the number in the same period last year, mostly for tourism and visiting relatives and friends during the Spring Festival.

The Shanghai Immigration Police reminded that in the China-Singapore Mutual Visa Exemption Agreement, those who enter the other country to engage in work, news reporting and other activities that require prior approval, and who plan to stay in the other country for more than 30 days, must still obtain the corresponding visa before entering the other country. .

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore issued a notice on January 25He said that starting from February 9 this year, holders of ordinary passports issued by China can stay in Singapore for up to 30 days without a visa. Singapore ordinary passport holders who stay in China for no more than 30 days are also exempted from visa application.

The latest data from travel services and hotel booking website Ctrip shows that,Number of inbound tourists to Singapore during this year’s Lunar New Year periodIt will increase by 46.8% compared with last year, and the total inbound tourism expenditure will also increase significantly by 108.6% compared with last year. This is mainly because international tourism continues to recover steadily, especially as China, the world’s largest outbound tourism market, and Singapore implemented a visa-free policy on the eve of the Lunar New Year.

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