Taipei, May 10 (CNA) Taiwanese passport holders can now enter the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on a visa-free scheme, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.
The privilege went into effect April 3, according to a recent confirmation of the agreement by the BVI government, James Lee, director-general of the ministry's Department of European Affairs, told CNA.
In January, the ministry announced that the BVI is the 125th country or region to grant Taiwan citizens visa-free entry or landing visa privileges, but added that the effective date had yet to be confirmed with the BVI government.
The visa-free access will apply to Taiwanese visiting the country for less than six months on business or for tourism, family and student purposes, he said.
The BVI visa-waiver program follows 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 the Falkland Islands -- to establish such an agreement with Taiwan.
The scheme should boost bilateral ties, increase cultural exchanges and encourage tourism, the ministry said in a statement released in January.
Although the BVI has 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, it said.
(By Nancy Liu)