TAIPEI, Taiwan – Chinese tourists will from October not be able to obtain entry permits to Taiwan if they do not enclose in their applications valid documents proving they have purchased insurance covering unexpected illnesses or injuries sustained while traveling in Taiwan, the Tourism Bureau said yesterday.
The bureau said the new regulations are contained in the amended Regulations Governing Permits for People from the Mainland Area Engaging in Tourism Activities in Taiwan, adding that the policy would take effect on Oct. 1.
Tourism Bureau statistics show that more than 11 million Chinese tourists visited the nation in the past few years.
While the increase in tourists coming from the other side of the Taiwan Strait has boosted the nation’s tourism revenue, the bureau said that it has created other issues, including the in rise in medical service charges owed by Chinese tourists. [FULL STORY]