Longer visa validity for Chinese travellers from June 1

A lady taking a group photograph for tourists from China at the Merlion. It will be less of a hassle for some travellers from China to visit Singapore from June 1. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI 
A lady taking a group photograph for tourists from China at the Merlion. It will be less of a hassle for some travellers from China to visit Singapore from June 1. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI 

SINGAPORE - It will be less of a hassle for some travellers from China to visit Singapore from June 1.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority announced on Friday that from June, the validity of Multiple Journey Visas issued to eligible Chinese nationals can be extended to a maximum of 10 years. This will also apply to the traveller's spouse and children below 21 years old.

This will make it more convenient for Chinese tourists to visit Singapore.

Said Mr Leong Yue Kheong, assistant chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board's (STB) international group: "This move will support STB's strategy of promoting quality tourism and attracting visitors from our key source markets... Besides China, STB is also reaching out to visitors from other key markets including Indonesia, India and Australia."

STB is also working with the Singapore embassy in China to expand the network of Authorised Visa Agents so that tourists from there will have more channels to apply for Singapore visas.