China to include Australia in visa waiver program

Aussies expected to gain entry to China for up to 15-days without a visa

Australians will be able to enter China for up to two weeks without requiring a visa to enter the country, as part of an easing of travel requirements revealed today in Canberra.

In a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Premier of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Li Qiang said the two nations have agreed to provide each other with reciprocal access to five-year multiple entry visas for tourism, business and VFR traffic “so as to better facilitate personal exchanges”.

“China will also include Australia in its visa waiver program,” Li said.

Shanghai, China

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Full details of the arrangement have yet to be formalised, but it is expected the visa-free period will be similar to a program that’s recently been introduced for a dozen countries, primarily in Europe. That scheme provides nationals with up to 15 days entry to China, ideal for short term holidays or extended transits.

Premier Li Qiang was in New Zealand late last week where he announced a similar arrangement for Kiwi travellers.

Wendy Wu Tours has enthusiastically welcomed the chance to reignite travel to destination China. Company founder and China travel pioneer, 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.

Forbidden City, Beijing

“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,” Wu said.

“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.”

Wendy Wu Tours said the new visa-free travel policy is aimed squarely at boosting tourism and re-establishing closer ties between the two countries.

In May, China welcomed citizens of 12 countries — Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland — to enter the Republic of China visa-free for up to 15 days for business, tourism or visiting relatives and friends.

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