Subscribe To China Now

strategy

Beijing Announces Visa and FDI Incentives to Attract Foreign Talent

Beijing has announced new visa, residency, and foreign investment incentives in ...

read more
View all in strategy

finance

China Slashes VAT Rates in US$64 Billion Tax Cut

China will cut value-added tax (VAT) rates for businesses in ...

read more
View all in finance

profile

New partnership to grow Chinese tourism in NZ

Christchurch Airport and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) ...

read more
View all in profile

commentary

Chinese authorities intercept 120 trays of fake Zespri product at...

Chinese government officials have intercepted 120 trays of fake Zespri kiwifruit being ...

read more
View all in commentary

general

Mandarin language assistants welcomed

Forty eight Mandarin Language Assistants were officially welcomed to New Zealand ...

read more
View all in general

New measures to facilitate Chinese travel

Profile

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse and Customs Minister Nicky Wagner have announced three new initiatives to make it easier for Chinese visitors to come to New Zealand.

“China is New Zealand’s second largest market and has made a valued contribution to the strong growth in New Zealand international visitor arrivals and expenditure over the last few years,” Mr Woodhouse says.

“In 2016, Chinese visitors to New Zealand spent $1.67 billion and by 2022 this number is projected to increase to $5.3 billion.

“It’s important we ensure New Zealand continues to be an attractive place to visit, which is why we’re making a number of changes to streamline the process and make things easier for Chinese visitors.”

The changes for Chinese nationals include:
•    Extending the multiple-entry visa for Chinese visitors from three years to five years from 8 May.
•    Extending the use of SmartGate facilities to Chinese passport holders.
•    Enabling visa applicants to pay for online visa applications using the popular UnionPay debit and credit cards.

“The Government has introduced a number of measures in recent years to facilitate the growing number of Chinese nationals visiting New Zealand, and these new initiatives build on that,” Ms Wagner says.

“SmartGates make the Customs process faster and more intuitive, delivering a better visitor experience.”

Alongside the introduction of UnionPay in February this year, eVisas have already been implemented for Chinese nationals applying for visitor, student and work visas. In addition, Chinese visa applicants can also apply online using a Chinese version of the RealMe logon service.