Good news for travelers. An agreement was signed between China and Mauritius for the exemption of short-term visas, this Thursday, August 29, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Port Louis. A Chinese delegation led by Zhang Ming, Minister for Foreign Affairs of China, was present.
Thus, Mauritians who want to go on vacation in China for a period of 30 days will no longer need to obtain a visa beforehand. Ditto for Chinese nationals. However, students, workers, immigrants and journalists on assignment must have a visa.
"This is a historic day for relations between Mauritius and China," the Foreign Minister, Arvin Boolell. "For two years we try to achieve this result," said for his part, a senior ministry. According Arvin Boolell, "Maurice is the second African country after the Seychelles" to benefit from such an advantage to China. He hoped that this will facilitate "explore new avenues of cooperation," particularly in the fields of tourism and business.
The meeting of the delegation the opportunity to finalize the establishment of a mechanism for political consultation between the two countries. An exchange platform which should further facilitate bilateral cooperation.
Mauritius is expected to accommodate double the number of Chinese tourists who visited the island in 2012, about 40 000 in 2013. For the first nine months of 2013, the country is already in an advantageous position with a 97.1% increase in arrivals of Chinese tourists.
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