China announces restart of visa-free travel policy to Singapore from July 26

China is set to resume 15-day visa-free entry for citizens of Singapore and Brunei from July 26, its embassies in the two countries said, more than three years after the policy was suspended due to COVID-19.

Visa-free entry to China will be available for citizens of Singapore and Brunei with ordinary passports travelling for business, sightseeing, visiting relatives and friends, and in transit, the embassies said in notices on their websites.

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) welcomed China’s announcement.

The Chinese Embassy in Singapore has earlier announced that the policy will apply to Singaporeans who enter China for business, tourism, family visit and transit purposes,

China has also been seeking visa-free travel for its citizens to Singapore.

The policy's reinstatement will "facilitate people and business flows between (both) countries and pave the way for deeper bilateral cooperation," said MFA.

This will follow closely after the upgrade in Singapore-China relations to an All-Round High-Quality Future-Oriented Partnership during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s visit to Beijing.

The announcement comes four months after China officially reopened its borders to visitors, as well as various instances of long queues at the visa application centre.