Good news for Chinese nationals hoping to breathe in some of that authentic Australian air, 10-year, multiple-entry visas to Australia are now available to the masses.
Costing around 5,100 yuan (1,000 Australian dollars), these new visas will allow Chinese nationals stays of up to three months in the “land down under,” though they can’t reside in Australia for more than 12 months in a 24-month period.
A trial version of the program has been ongoing since earlier this year, but on Saturday it was opened to all Chinese nationals. Australian executives have called the new program a “game changer.” In 2015, Australia welcomed over 1 million Chinese visitors who spent some 38.3 billion yuan in the country. Only New Zealand provides Australia with more tourists than China, and even that may soon change. In 2014, Australia was named “the most desirable destination” by Chinese tourists.
While this is all certainly good news for Goat Soap and the Sydney real estate market, will Australia now just become another Jeju Island?
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