Visas which had been previously issued to Singapore citizens are still valid, and visa applications that have been lodged before will be processed normally, the Chinese Embassy in Singapore said.
On 23 July 2023 (Sunday), the Chinese government announced that it will resume its 15-day visa-free policy for Singapore citizens holding ordinary passports who visit China for business, tourism, family visits, and transit purposes.
This will be effective 26 July 2023 (Wednesday). The Chinese Embassy in Singapore noted that visas which had been previously issued to Singapore citizens are still valid, and visa applications that have been lodged before will be processed normally.
In related news, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently welcomed Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee Yuan Jiajun to Singapore on Wednesday (19 July 2023), and reaffirmed the "substantive and multi-faceted relations" between Singapore and China.
Both leaders discussed the close cooperation between Singapore and Chongqing, led by the third government-to-government project in China, the China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity. Looking forward, the leaders shared hopes to strengthen the collaboration between Singapore and Chongqing, as well as between the two countries.
During the same visit, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and Secretary Yuan jointly welcomed the progression of the relationship between Singapore and Chongqing. Together, they reviewed the accomplishments made in the CCI-other International Land-Sea Trade Corridor (ILSTC) along with talks on how to expand collaboration in other aspects such as digital connectivity and green development. Secretary Yuan also updated DPM Heng on the latest developments in Chongqing, as well as his ambitions for it.
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