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China and Singapore discuss visa-free travel arrangements


China and Singapore are reportedly in discussions over a bilateral visa-free travel arrangement, according to the Beijing embassy. The move could help to boost tourism in Singapore, which received 3.6 million visitors from China in 2019, more than any other country, who spent a combined SGD4.1bn (USD3.1bn). Many Chinese have also been keen to invest or relocate to Singapore in recent years. The majority of Singapore's population are of Chinese ethnicity, making it easy for mainland Chinese to navigate the country. However, Chinese travellers are currently required to apply for visas to visit Singapore. Singaporeans were allowed 15-day visa-free visits prior to the pandemic but this arrangement has not been reinstated, leading to lengthy queues at the Chinese visa application centre in Singapore.

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