This agreement takes precedence over any bilateral agreement or arrangement between individual Member States and China as its provisions relate to matters within the scope of this agreement. It added that there was also an agreement “for the establishment of visa-free access for passport holders issued by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Office, the People`s Republic of China.” The parties recall that this agreement is one of the results of the roadmap agreed in the protocol of the second round of EU-China dialogue on mobility and migration and endorsed by political leaders in the joint declaration of the 17th EU-China Summit. This roadmap includes, first, the negotiation and signing of a reciprocal visa waiver agreement for diplomatic passport holders, the opening of visa application centres in jointly agreed non-consular Chinese cities and the launch of practical cooperation in the fight against illegal immigration and, in the second phase, the negotiation of visa-appy easing agreements and cooperation in the fight against illegal immigration. She said the government expected the agreement to make Barbados a “more attractive tourist destination” for the more than 70 million Chinese tourists who travel each year beyond their country and region. In her view, this would also support the government`s efforts to diversify the tourism market and would contribute to the strengthening of the vital tourism sector and hence the economy. “The waiver that was signed today complements the visa regime introduced by this government and introduced in China last autumn, which allows Chinese passport holders to travel to Ireland and the United Kingdom on a valid single visa issued either by Ireland or the United Kingdom. As a result, Chinese tourism to Ireland is expected to be gradually increased. 2. The visa exemption provided by this agreement applies without prejudice to the legislation of the contracting parties with respect to the conditions of entry and short stay.
Member States and China reserve the right to refuse entry and short stay on their territory if one or more of these conditions are not met. 4. Visa exemption applies regardless of the mode of transportation used to cross the borders of the contracting parties. Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Charlie Flanagan and The Foreign Minister of the People`s Republic of China, Wang Yi, today (Sunday) signed a visa-free agreement between Ireland and China. “I am very pleased that today we have been able to conclude a diplomatic visa waiver agreement with our Chinese visitors. It is a sign of the growing friendship between our two countries and the intensification of trade and investment relations. · Visa-free agreement between Ireland and China: the agreement allows holders of diplomatic passports, Ireland and the People`s Republic of China, to stay up to 90 days from the date of entry (i.e.