China-Australia Forge Closer Ties with Extended Visa Agreement
China-Australia Forge Closer Ties with Extended Visa Agreement

China and Australia have announced a new visa agreement that will allow citizens of both countries to obtain multiple-entry visas valid for up to five years, enhancing opportunities for tourism and business. This development follows a recent visit to Australia by China's Premier Li Qiang, signaling a positive turn in bilateral relations.

According to the Chinese foreign ministry, starting this Friday, citizens from China and Australia can benefit from these extended visa terms. This marks a significant departure from previous policies, which typically offered shorter visa durations.

Premier Li Qiang's visit to Australia has been pivotal in stabilizing relations that had been strained in recent years. Previously, Chinese nationals could apply for visas allowing stays of up to one year in Australia, with longer-term visas up to 10 years available for frequent travelers.

China's initiative to extend visa durations comes as part of broader efforts to ease travel restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures aim to facilitate smoother travel experiences for both business and leisure travelers. During his visit, Premier Li also announced that Australia would be included in China's visa waiver program, enabling Australian citizens to visit China for up to 15 days without requiring a visa.

This visa agreement underscores a positive step forward in the diplomatic relations between China and Australia, promising increased cultural exchange, economic cooperation, and strengthened ties between the two nations.

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