The Zimbabwean government is willing to grant visa exemption to Chinese nationals to boost the country’s tourism sector.
Zimbabwe was keen to have the Chinese upgraded to Category B of the country’s visa classification which will allow the Chinese to obtain visas on entry into Zimbabwe.
The Chinese are currently required to obtain visas in China to visit Zimbabwe.
According to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Zimbabwe has been receiving between 3,800 and 5,500 Chinese tourist per annum, against arrivals of between 80,000 and 100,000 in neighbouring countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Chinese Ambassador will follow up the visa exemption issue with the Zimbabwean side to reach an agreement at the earliest possible time.
The Chinese government has in recent years been making efforts to reach agreements with as many countries as possible to enable Chinese citizens to travel abroad.
The pledge by Zimbabwe to grant the visa exemption to Chinese nationals comes at a time when both countries last November scrapped visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and service passports.
Source : Atta.
9 March 2015