As of 1st July 2019, there is a new 5-year multi-entry visa option for Chinese tourists coming to Ireland. The 5-year multi-entry visa option is available to applicants who have been previously granted visas by Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Schengen States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the USA. Additionally, the applicants must be in full compliance with the terms of those visas.
Over the past 40 years, Ireland and China have maintained diplomatic relations. As a result, China plays a major role in the tourist market in Ireland. Previously, applicants could only apply for 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year multi-entry visas. By providing a 5-year multi-entry visa option, Ireland hopes to increase Chinese tourism to 200,000 by 2025.
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan states, ”With a population of over 1.3 billion people and a strong economy, China offers fantastic potential tourism links for Ireland. Our tourist industry is so important to communities in every county on the island of Ireland and I am hopeful that the changes I am announcing today will increase the number of Chinese visitors coming to Ireland in the months and years ahead.”
With the implementation of the 5-year multi-entry visa option, Ireland celebrates 40 years of diplomatic relations with China and aims to enhance not only its relationship with China but also increase Chinese tourism.
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