New Multi-entry Visa for Argentina
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. migraciones.gov.ar, 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.