New Multi-en­try Visa for Ar­gentina

Beijing (English) - - INFO -

The govern­ment of Ar­gentina is now is­su­ing a 10-year multi- en­try tourist and busi­ness visa to Chi­nese cit­i­zens, as of June 15, 2017. Pre­vi­ously, any Chi­nese hold­ing such visas were al­lowed to stay 90 days at most in the coun­try each visit. The visa agree­ment was signed in pres­ence of Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Ar­gentina's Pres­i­dent Mauri­cio Macri, dur­ing Macri's state visit to China in 2017.

This more favourable visa pol­icy fol­lows the im­ple­men­ta­tion of an AVE elec­tronic travel au­tho­ri­sa­tion sys­tem that al­lows Chi­nese cit­i­zens hold­ing a United States or Schen­gen visa to en­ter Ar­gentina as a tourist. Tourists can ap­ply for the AVE on Ar­gentina's im­mi­gra­tion de­part­ment web­site at www. mi­gra­, Chi­nese can get fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, or they can ap­ply for a visa at the Em­bassy of Ar­gentina in Bei­jing, or at the Con­sulates Gen­eral of Ar­gentina in Shang­hai, Guangzhou or Hong Kong.

The new visa pol­icy also re­flects the ef­fort both China and Ar­gentina have for more than one year. In the 2015–2016 pe­riod alone, more than 100 mil­lion Chi­nese tourists trav­elled to other coun­tries or re­gions, but Ar­gentina was not a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion spot. But this is ex­pected to help Ar­gentina's tourism de­vel­op­ment, which is a pri­or­ity of the Ar­gen­tinian Em­bassy in Bei­jing and sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of the visa process was the most im­por­tant move to woo Chi­nese vis­i­tors.

Diego Ramiro Gue­lar, Ar­gentina's am­bas­sador in China, says he hopes the move can play an im­por­tant role in at­tract­ing more Chi­nese tourists to Ar­gentina and help im­prove trade re­la­tions be­tween the two and draw more in­vest­ment to Ar­gentina.

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