New visa to strengthen New Zealand-China ties

New visa to strengthen New Zealand-China ties

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) holds a welcoming ceremony for Prime Minister of New Zealand JohnKey before their talks in Beijing, capital of China.

 WELLINGTON – A new visa agreement between New Zealand and China will allow businesstravelers multiple entries between the two countries for up to three years, the New Zealandgovernment announced Thursday.

Prime Minister John Key, currently on an official visit to China, said the new multiple-entrybusiness visa would strengthen business connections between the two countries.

“The new visa will lower the cost of travel for frequent business travellers and make it easier forbusiness people to move between the two countries,” Key said in a statement from his office.

“Business people from both countries will not need to apply for visas as frequently. This willreduce the transaction costs, and increase the certainty of business travel.”

The new visas, which will apply from July 1, mean China can issue New Zealand businessvisitors with a three-year multiple-entry visa enabling them to stay for up to 30 days on any onevisit.

New Zealand can issue Chinese business visitors with three-year multiple entry visas enablingthem to stay for a maximum of 90 days in any 12-month period over the course of the threeyears.

The two countries also agreed reciprocal three-year multiple- entry visas to diplomatic passportholders travelling for official meetings.

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