Relaxed visa policies ease travel for Chinese to New Zealand
A series of easing policies on visa application will lure more Chinese visitors to New Zealand
Chinese visitors to New Zealand will soon find travel easier with a raft of new visa initiatives, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said Tuesday.
The introduction of "e-visas" enabled Chinese nationals to now apply online, and a Chinese logon service, allowing a complete online Chinese language application process, from registration to approval, said Woodhouse.
Later this year applicants would also be able to pay for online visa applications using China UnionPay debit and credit cards.
"Last year, over 355,000 Chinese citizens visited New Zealand and contributed over 1.6 billion NZ dollars (1.12 billion U.S. dollars) to our economy," said Woodhouse.
Other changes already in place to make travel to New Zealand easier for Chinese visitors included doubling the length of the multiple-entry visa to two years and introducing a three-year multiple entry business visa.
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