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Uruguay temporarily halts visa free entry for Taiwanese: MOFA

2018/12/06 19:34:12

Andrew Lee (李憲章/CNA file photo)

Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) Uruguay has decided to suspend its visa-free treatment for Taiwan passport holders due to technical issues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.

The suspension was decided less than two months after Uruguay included Taiwan in its visa-waiver program, with the South American country saying that it had halted the preferential treatment to Taiwan because its online e-visa application system was still under construction, according to MOFA.

The decision means that until further notice, Taiwanese travelers to Uruguay will have to apply for a visa at the Uruguayan embassy in Japan, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said.

Lee said the suspension notice was issued to Taiwan by the Uruguayan government, citing the technical issue of the incomplete online e-visa application system but gave no further information.

On Oct. 19, Uruguay agreed to include Taiwan passport holders in its visa program for visits of up to 90 days, and made the official announcement on Oct. 29 after it had completed all the necessary procedures, including informing the International Air Transport Association (IATA), according to MOFA.

Lee said Taiwan's representative office in Argentina, which is responsible for Uruguayan affairs, will look into latest development with a view to having Taiwan's visa-free status reinstated as soon as possible.

(By Joseph Yeh)
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