Grenadians will no longer need a visa to travel to China and vice versa, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nickolas Steele.
Addressing members of the media at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing held at the Ministerial complex, Minister Steele said, “we have an agreement in principle between the People’s Republic of China and Grenada, which means that Grenadians who wish to travel to China will no longer need a visa to go there”.
“It also means that as we expand our tourism industry and look at the Chinese market as does the rest of the world, the Chinese would not need a visa to come to Grenada as well,” he added.
Diplomatic relations between Grenada and China were re-established when a previous New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell severed ties with the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan.
The Chinese on the mainland were able to entice the 2003-08 Mitchell-led government with an attractive aid package after Hurricane Ivan destroyed vast segments of the island’s economy in September 2004.
Minister Steele also told reporters that there is also an agreement in principle between Grenada and the government of Mongolia for a Visa waver with respect to travel.