From 18 April 2013, Chinese citizens can apply for visa to Denmark in Chongqing at the new Danish Visa Centre.
On the opening day, the Danish Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen inaugurated the new Danish Visa Centre in Chongqing.
After the opening, the Danish tourism promotion institutions VisitDenmark and Scandinavian Tourism Board held a tourism seminar with Chinese stakeholders to promote travel to Denmark.
The Danish VIA University College presented their solutions within childcare and eldercare education.
The new visa centre is part of the Danish Government initiative to improve visa conditions to Denmark. It means that applicants from the southwest of China no longer have to travel to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to apply for a Danish visa, which will save them of a trip of approximately 1,400 kilometres.
“I am very pleased to open the new visa centre in Chongqing and thereby improving the Danish visa procedure in an area with a population around 200 million people. I hope that we will see an increase in both business and tourists in the future”, says Ambassador, Friis Arne Petersen.
The opening of the visa centre comes at a time, where the Danish visa sections in China have received extra staff to handle 6,000 more applications to Denmark during the summer season. The aim is primarily to attract Chinese tourists, but also increase the business cooperation between Denmark and China.
The Visa Centre is open from 18 April 2013 and is run by the company VFS Global. It is located in JW Marriott Hotel International Trade Centre Office, 3rd floor, 77 Qing Nian Road Yu Zhong District, and will be open for applicants from 8 am to 2 pm every weekday.
Danish ambassador speaks at SISU
On the same day, Ambassador Friis Arne Pedersen visited Sichuan International Studies University (SISU), in Chongqing and met with Li Keyong, President of SISU and Le Yong, Vice President of SISU. The ambassador then held a speech in front of a filled out auditorium, where he talked about the cooperation between China and Denmark, the historic ties and the development in the bilateral relations, EU and the EU-China relationship.