Salone, China Sign Visa Agreement


By Thomas S. Kembay

The government through parliament on Friday, 9th November ratified the mutual visa exemption for Diplomatic and Service passport holders’ agreement between the People’s Republic of China and Sierra Leone.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba who tabled the agreement for ratification explained the need to have such agreement for holders of diplomatic and service passports.

“About 30 countries have mutual visa free agreement with China even though Sierra Leone was the first African country to establish bilateral ties with China in 1971,” said the Minister, adding that with such agreement Sierra Leone will now add to countries that have visa-free travel facility for citizens holding diplomatic and service passport.

The benefit of the said agreement is that government officials will no longer apply and wait to be issued visas to travel to China.

Hon. Dr. Kandeh Yumkella of National Grand Coalition (NGC) stated that the agreement was timely, as according to him, the people of Sierra Leone would benefit from such facilities particularly for trade purposes.