Thai authorities are optimistic that the agreement will inspire increased Chinese tourism, thereby enhancing the crucial tourism sector in the kingdom.

On Sunday, Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-nukara announced that Thailand and China have reached an agreement to mutually waive visa requirements for their respective nationals, aiming to facilitate travel and tourism between the two countries.

According to Chinese state television CCTV, the reciprocal visa exemption will be enforced starting from March 1.

The accord was formalized while Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was visiting Thailand.

Expressing his approval, Mr. Wang welcomed the agreement, emphasizing that Thai and Chinese people are considered “one family.”

On Sunday, specific details of the visa arrangements were not disclosed. However, earlier this month, Thai officials indicated that the agreement would permit stays of up to 30 days per visit.

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