The previous arrangement saw both nation’s citizens limited to 6 months’ worth of visits for £85, to the respective countries.
Now, in an effort to encourage “…a far higher level of interchange and exchange between our two peoples”, Hammond believes an extended, two-year visa is the correct course of action.
The price of the visa is said to remain the same. Hopes of expanding the to a ten-year, multiple entry visa are currently being considered.
“That remains our aspiration and we will work with our Chinese partners towards it,” Hammond said.
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