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Taiwan offers visa-free treatment to Russians

2018/09/06 12:24:18

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Taipei, Sept. 6 (CNA) Taiwan announced Thursday visa-free entry for Russian nationals as part of its efforts to promote closer exchanges.

Russian nationals will now enjoy visa-free entry for visits of up to 14 days, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) statement.

Russians citizens must hold a passport with at least six months of validity, hold a confirmed return plane or boat ticket, and have no criminal record before they can apply to enter Taiwan visa-free, the MOFA said.

They will be required to prepare hotel booking records, a local contact person and a financial statement for possible check at Taiwan Customs.

The trial program will run until July 31, 2019 and will be reviewed to see if the visa-free privileges should be further extended, MOFA said.

The visa-free treatment, however, is not reciprocal and Taiwanese travelers still need to obtain a Russian visa.

(By Joseph Yeh)