eVisa opening to 27 countries kicks off Tuesday

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-01-12
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taiwan’s eVisa program officially kicks off Tuesday, opening to nationals 6728124in 27 countries to apply for visa online, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Tuesday.

Taiwan is the 24th country in the world to implement eVisa, which is expected to make Taiwan more attractive to foreign tourists and business people.

Luo Tien-hung, deputy director general of MOFA’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, told a press conference that the eVisa program was initiated to be in tune with the international trend of electronic travel documents and the policy to simplify procedures for foreign travelers coming to Taiwan.

The eVisa program will also further improve foreign countries’ visa treatment to Taiwan, Luo said.

The eVisa program, which is not applicable to nationals in Visa Waiver Program countries, provides travelers “one-stop-shop” online services, including filling out application forms, credit card payment, and issuance of proof of electronic visa, Luo said, adding that the program will save visa applicants time and money.

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