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  • Ecuador will suspend its visa waiver agreement with China due to current abuses of the agreement


On June 18, 2024, the government of Ecuador announced the suspension of its visa waiver agreement with China. The suspension will go into effect on July 1, 2024. According to the government, this decision was made because many Chinese nationals did not depart after the maximum period of stay had passed.

The announcement has sparked various reactions from different sectors. Business communities that rely on Chinese investments and tourism expressed concerns about the potential negative impact on trade and travel. The Ecuadorian government has stated that it will work on implementing a more stringent visa process to better manage the entry and stay of foreign nationals while maintaining diplomatic relations with China.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Ecuador’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility

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