Ethiopian national carrier Ethiopian Airlines announced on Wednesday that it will set up a visa service for Chinese that will visit 35 African countries next January.
Its chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam told Xinhua that due to China's geographical size, it was not always practical for Chinese tourists who want to visit some African countries for obtaining visas.
"Most embassies of African countries are in Beijing, but China is a big country, and some Chinese do not have the opportunity to go to Beijing to apply for a visa from countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia or Nigeria," he said.
Mr Gebremariam recalled that his company has the largest airline network in China, among other African airlines, which currently serve five destinations, helping Chinese and foreigners living in different parts of the country to travel directly to Ethiopia and elsewhere. in Africa without the need to go through Beijing.
The Ethiopian now operates daily from Addis Ababa to Guangzhou and Beijing, and three times a week to Chengdu. The Ethiopian carrier also operates daily passenger and freight flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai. Shenzhen and Zhengzhou should be following soon.
He intends to create a visa platform for Adis Ababa. Of the five Chinese destinations in Addis Ababa, Chinese and foreign visitors "will be able to apply for a visa in 35 African countries through their Embassy in Ethiopia," Gebremariam said.
Thirty-five African countries signed an agreement with the Ethiopian government on a visa project to increase the perspective of Chinese investment in Africa.