Beginning November 11, a 10-year multiple entry visa agreement between China and Israel will go into effect, according to Israeli officials.
The agreement was signed in March, 2016, during the second session of the China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation. Participating in the signing were Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Liu Yandong.
The visa agreement for national passports is another significant action following a visa agreement between the countries for diplomatic passports that became valid in January, 2016. Under the new agreement, visitors will be able to stay in Israel for 90 consecutive days, with multiple entries.
In recent years, relations between Israel and China have grown in many areas, such as mutual government platforms, trade and mutual investments, culture, academics and tourism. This visa agreement is expected to further strengthen the ties between the two countries.
With Chinese citizens’ international tourism growing faster than any country’s in the world, there has been a constant increase in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Israel.
“In the last few years we have witnessed a constant growth in the exchange between China and Israel in various fields,” said the Israeli ambassador to China, Matan Vilnai. “I believe that the new visa policy will elevate the relations between our two people towards the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and China.”
(By Chris Wang, Louis Berney)