China Grants Visa-Free Access To Swiss Citizens
In a notable display of reciprocal measures, China and Switzerland have jointly announced the easing of visa requirements between the two nations. China declared its decision to grant visa-free entry to citizens of Switzerland, while Switzerland committed to enhancing visa facilitation for Chinese citizens and enterprises investing in the country.
During discussions between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and the President of the Swiss Confederation, Viola Amherd, both leaders expressed their dedication to intensifying people-to-people exchanges, particularly in anticipation of the upcoming 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations next year.
The announcement was made just hours before the commencement of a gathering of business leaders and policymakers in the ski resort town of Davos, where Chinese Premier Li Qiang is expected to be a prominent guest. This move reflects China’s recent trend of easing visa restrictions for citizens of various countries. Notably, the relaxation for Switzerland is distinctive as it constitutes a unilateral grant of visa-free access for Swiss citizens. Earlier, China had announced the permanent waiver of visa requirements for citizens from Thailand, effective from March of the current year.
Beyond the visa-related measures, China and Switzerland have also affirmed their commitment to strengthening ties on multiple fronts. The Chinese foreign ministry, in a statement, conveyed China’s willingness to accelerate the resumption of exchanges at all levels and in all fields. The reciprocal visa adjustments and the broader commitment to deepen relations underscore the positive diplomatic engagement between China and Switzerland, reflecting an effort to foster closer connections and collaboration between the two nations.