Citizens from the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia as well as New Zealand as well as diplomatic allies are now eligible to enter Taiwan after the latter’s government has confirmed that it is now open to visa-free travel.
The recent changes mean that the travel ban imposed to contain the further spread of the Coronavirus and its new variants, which became effective in March 2020, has been partially ended, VisaGuide.World reports.
The new changes have been confirmed through an announcement published by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
However, despite easing the travel process, authorities in Taiwan have confirmed that the mandatory quarantine requirement and the compulsory testing requirements for arrivals from other countries will continue to remain effective. In addition, it has also been confirmed that the quota on arrivals will continue to be limited to 50,000 inbound travelers per week.
Regarding the issue, Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) Director-General, Phoebe Yeh, has stressed that visa-free visitors from the countries and territories mentioned above are eligible to get involved in business, fact-finding missions, international exchanges, sightseeing, family visits as well as social visits without being required to apply for a permit at first.
Yeh has clarified that if they wish to engage in other activities, they must have prior permission from a central governmental agency that oversees such activities.
It has also been clarified that if passengers from the countries mentioned above plan to stay in Taiwan for a period longer than the standard visa-free period or get involved in specific activities, they are required to apply for a special entry permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at first.
The Bureau of Consular Affairs previously published the complete list of countries subject to visa-exempt entry from September 12, 2022.
The list consists of the following territories: Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Eswatini, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Luxembourg, Marshall Island.
In addition, citizens from the following territories are also eligible to benefit from the recent changes announced by authorities in Taiwan: Monaco, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, New Zealand, Palau, Poland, Paraguay, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Tuvalu, the United Kingdom, the United States as well as Vatican City State.
Nationals from the following diplomatic allies of Taiwan can also benefit from the visa exemption program for a period of stay of up to 90 days: Belize, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Nauru, St Kitts and Nevis.