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British Virgin Islands to grant Taiwan visa-free entry

2012/01/04 23:46:40

Taipei, Jan. 4 (CNA) The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will be the 125th country or region to grant visa-free entry or landing visas to Republic of China (Taiwan) passport holders, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday.

The details and when the privilege will take effect, however, will be announced after negotiations with the BVI's government, the MOFA said in a press statement.

The statement noted that the visa-waiver program will follow the one adopted by the British government in March 2009.

The BVI is the sixth British overseas territory -- after Bermuda, Gibraltar, Turks and Caicos, St. Helena, and Falkland Islands -- to establish such an agreement with Taiwan, it said.

The visa-free entry scheme should boost bilateral ties, increase cultural exchanges and encourage tourism, it added.

Although the BVI consists of a small population of 25,000, its tourism and financial service industries have made it one of the most thriving economic areas in the Caribbean, according to the MOFA.

(By Nancy Liu)