The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today welcomed China’s new long-term, multiple-entry visas for Canadians.
The new multiple-entry visa, valid for up to 10 years, will ease travel, reduce costs and cut down on delays and time spent preparing for trips to China. This will directly benefit Canadian business people, who regularly travel between the two countries to boost exports, as well as tourists and Canadians visiting family, enhancing people-to-people ties.
“Today’s announcement of multiple-entry visas will greatly benefit Canadians, from businesses to tourists to those visiting their family members back in China,” said Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade.
Effective today, Canadians may submit their requests for the new multiple-entry visa to Chinese consulates and authorities.
China is a priority market under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, the government’s blueprint for creating jobs and prosperity through exports, as well as Canada’s second-largest trading partner, with two-way merchandise trade reaching almost $78 billion in 2014.
“Our government’s priority is to reduce costs, cut red tape and make it easier for Canadian companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, to export and grow their business, creating jobs and prosperity for Canadians,” said Fast.