New visa rules for Taiwanese postponed

Decision follows complaints from Taiwan, which grants visa-free status to Thai visitors

Bangkok Post
Date: 7 Dec 2019

View of the Taiwan flag at the Embassy of Taiwan in San Salvador on August 21, 2018. – China and El Salvador established diplomatic relations Tuesday as the Central American nation ditched Taiwan in yet another victory for Beijing in its campaign to isolate the island. (Photo by MARVIN RECINOS / AFP)

A requirement for individual Taiwanese travellers to submit financial statements when applying for a visa to enter Thailand has been postponed until at least March, according to local reports.

The Thailand Trade and Economic Office (TTEO) in Taipei announced earlier that the requirement for three months’ evidence of financial statements would take effect on Dec 1.

The news angered Taiwanese officials and local travel agents, who noted that Thai citizens don’t need visas to visit Taiwan. That programme was extended on Aug 1 for another year, until July 31, 2020.

Taiwanese media reports said the TTEO was preparing to cancel the new requirements in light of the backlash. But a representative told the Taiwan News that the office was merely postponing the introduction of the tighter visa rules pending a review that could take until March.

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