Taiwan included in Saudi Arabia e-Visa program

09/27/2019 07:58 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 27 (CNA) Taiwan will be included in Saudi Arabia's convenient electronic travel authority (e-Visa) program, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Friday, touting the measure as facilitating tourism exchanges between the two nations.

Saudi Arabia announced the e-Visa measure that day, opening its doors to tourists from 49 countries and territories.

MOFA said in a statement that under the new program, Taiwan nationals will be able to apply for a travel permit to the Islamic nation on its e-Visa website, where applicants are required to complete a form online and pay the fee with a credit card.

The online system will reply via e-mail if the application is approved, the ministry said, noting that Saudi Arabia has not yet announced when the e-Visa program will be introduced.

However, the new measure is intended for tourists only, so individuals applying for a business visa are still required to apply at Saudi Arabia's trade office in Taipei, the ministry said.

Taiwan included Saudi Arabia in its e-Visa program in 2016, MOFA said, adding that it expects reciprocal treatment from Riyadh to boost travel between the two countries and promote bilateral tourism.

(By Elaine Hou and Elizabeth Hsu)


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