Australians to be granted visa-free entry to China, as new era of travel begins

Australians to be granted visa-free entry to China, as new era of travel begins
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    Wendy Wu Tours has enthusiastically welcomed the chance to reignite China as a travel destination following a landmark decision today by the Chinese government to allow Australian passport holders visa-free entry into the country.

    Company founder Wendy Wu called the announcement a game-changer for Australian travellers and the tourism industry.

    “As the number one China touring specialist in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, we are thrilled about the opportunities this presents for travellers,” she said. “Today’s announcement is very welcome news. This visa-free policy will make short trips more accessible and straightforward, and we’re positive it will encourage a robust return to destination China for Aussie holidaymakers.

    “At Wendy Wu Tours, we have always aimed to make travel as seamless and enjoyable as possible, and this new policy aligns perfectly with our mission. It’s a fantastic, positive update for all Australians dreaming of exploring China’s rich culture, history, and breathtaking landscapes as a holiday experience.”

    Following a meeting with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Canberra on Monday, Chinese Premier Li Qiang said China will include Australia in its visa waiver program, in a move signalling a continued warming relation between the two countries.

    “I was pleased to host Premier Li today for the Annual Leaders’ Meeting, which built on the progress made since my visit to China last November,” the Prime Minister said.

    “The agreements reached today are a result of the Government’s steady and deliberate approach to our relationship with China. They also reflect the broad range of areas where we can cooperate and work to mutual benefit.

    “Bilateral trade has brought significant benefits to both our countries. China remains our largest trading partner and trade supports one in four Australian jobs.”

    The new visa-free travel policy is aimed at boosting tourism and re-establishing closer ties between the two countries. While no initial details were provided on how the program would work, a similar announcement in May allowed 12 countries – mainly from Europe but also including Malaysia – to enter China visa-free for up to 15 days for business, tourism or visiting relatives and friends.

    Premier Li Qiang expressed China’s commitment to enhancing bilateral relations and easing travel restrictions. 

    Wu said it’s a welcome update that will open the destination up following China’s response to the pandemic, which effectively blocked entry to visitors until a gradual reopening to international tourists commenced from 15 March 2023.

    Since launching its visa-free policies last year, China’s foreign ministry has shared that the approach has produced a clear effect, making things easier for cross border travellers. 

    Feature image: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Canberra on Monday with Chinese Premier Li Qiang. Image: (@albomp), Instagram 

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