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Singapore and China to implement mutual visa-free policy

China and Singapore signed an agreement on Thursday for mutual visa exemption, set to take effect from February 9th.

The news was first reported by Chinese state television CCTV.

The agreement was reached in early December when top officials of the two countries attended the 19th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) in Tianjin, China.

Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Lawrence Wong stated that, with the continuous increase in flights between Singapore and China, both sides would strengthen the movement of people between the two countries through a 30-day mutual visa exemption arrangement.

For the first nine months of last year, Singapore received over 1 million Chinese visitors, and mainland China has been one of the largest single sources of visitor arrivals to Singapore before and after COVID-19.

Singapore hosts a casino resort duopoly comprising Resorts World Sentosa, managed by Genting Singapore Ltd, and Marina Bay Sands, operated by a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Recently, Malaysia and Thailand also announced a visa-free policy for Chinese visitors with the aim of boosting their tourism industries.

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