Yerevan thereby hopes to ensure sustainable tourism development
Visitors from Singapore, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand will be able to travel to Armenia visa-free and stay in the country for a period of 180 days per year.
The Armenian government has made the decision with the aim of attracting more tourists from the aforesaid countries, since, according to the latest international statistical data, nationals of those countries are travelling more actively than others.
However, the visa-free travel rules will be introduced on a unilateral basis only. Armenian nationals will not be allowed to enter Singapore, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand visa-free.
As the Armenian Foreign Minister Shavash Kocharyan pointed out at a government session, the aforesaid countries have great prospects in terms of business and tourism because of high GDP rates.
The Armenian Premier, Karen Karapetyan approved of the idea: “One should work primarily with countries which have the highest GDP rates. It will bring tangible benefits.”