Mainland to lift entry-permit policy for Taiwan
The Chinese mainland will remove the entry permit requirement for Taiwan residents, according to a top political adviser.
Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, announced the plan during a speech at the seventh Straits Forum, the largest annual event for cross-Strait exchanges, in Xiamen in the southeastern province of Fujian.
Currently, Taiwan residents must apply for a visa-like entry permit in order to visit the mainland.
Official statistics show that in 2014, Taiwan residents made 5.37 million visits to the mainland, up from 4.36 million in 2008. Mainlanders made 4.04 million visits to Taiwan last year, compared with 280,000 in 2008