IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Israel announced that it will implement an agreement allowing Chinese business and tourist visitors to apply for 10-year multiple-entry visas.
What does the change mean? The longer-duration visas will allow Chinese visitors to avoid having to apply for Israeli visas upon each entry.
Background: The bilateral agreement was signed in March during a joint meeting to promote innovation and cooperation between the two countries. While the agreement is reciprocal, China has not announced an implementation date for the longer-validity visas for Israeli nationals. Israeli consulates in China will issue visa durations according to the foreign national’s invitation letter or other documents, whether three months, one year or 10 years.
BAL Analysis: When fully implemented, the agreement will make it easier for frequent travelers to make business trips between China and Israel.
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