The Israel Visa Application Center was opened in Shanghai on Jul 24. Mr. Zvi Heifetz, the Ambassador of Israel to China, Dr. Eyal Propper, the Consul General of Israel in Shanghai，Ms. Limor Yogev,the Consul of the Embassy of Israel in Beijing, Ms Limor Gadi, the Consul of the Israeli Consulate in Shanghai, attended the opening ceremony and cut the ribbon for the visa application center.
The Israel Visa Application Center offered a faster and more efficient application process accommodating the rapidly increasing number of visitors from China.
The center will shorten and simplify the process and allow online payment. Applicants can receive their visas as quickly as the following day when using the express service, making it much easier for those needing to travel urgently.
Mr. Zvi Heifetz, Israeli ambassador to China, said his government and the embassy are keen on enhancing bilateral relations. He believed that the new visa center will further boost the rapidly growing number of visitors from China.
Dr. Eyal Propper, the Consul General of Israel in Shanghai said that the opening of the Visa Center was a great innovation, which facilitated the visa application for Chinese tourists. Two years ago, Israel opened a 10-year visa for Chinese tourists and direct flights from Shanghai to Israel were opened last year. Moreover, direct flights from Sichuan and Guangzhou to Israel would also be opened by this year, which would greatly promote cultural exchanges between the two countries.
Shanghai is Israel’s second visa center after Beijing and will soon be followed by another one in Guangzhou, capital of southern China’s Guangdong Province.
The number of visas issued by the Israeli Consulate General in Shanghai increased by 30 percent in the first six months of this year, compared with the same period in 2017.