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Taiwan mulling expanded visa privileges for Southeast Asia

2017/07/14 18:18:28

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Taipei, July 14 (CNA) Taiwan is currently mulling the feasibility of allowing visa-free entry for visitors from the Philippines, and the possibility of extending visa privileges for nationals of India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and others covered in the government's New Southbound Policy, a Foreign Ministry official said Friday on condition of anonymity.

Since implementing Taiwan's visa waiver program for Brunei and Thailand in August last year, the results have proved very positive, and the government wishes to expand the program to include India, Indonesia and Vietnam, as well as other countries in Southeast Asia, according to the official.

However, there is no timeline as to when these measures might be implemented, the official said, but noted that a study would be carried out after August, when related government officials have returned from their roles at the Summer Universiade, which is set to run from Aug. 19-30.

A lot of factors need to be considered before free-visa entry and other forms of visa privileges can be implemented, the official added.

The plan to expand Taiwan's visa-free program and other privileges follows the recent announcement of visa-free entry for nationals of its 11 diplomatic allies in Latin America and the Caribbean -- Paraguay, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua.

(By Scarlett Chai and Ko Lin)