Gov­ern­ment of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) to launch e-Visa

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Gov­ern­ment of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) is to launch e-Visa for the na­tion­als of Saint Lucia start­ing 12th Jan­uary, 2016.

E-Visa is an al­ter­na­tive to a pa­per-based visa. Ap­pli­cants should fill out an on­line visa ap­pli­ca­tion form on the web­site of the Bureau of Con­sular Af­fairs (BOCA) of the ROC (Tai­wan) Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (www.boca.gov.tw).

To ob­tain an e-Visa, ap­pli­cants must sub­mit rel­e­vant per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and pay the re­quired fee (if ap­pli­ca­ble) by credit card (Master­Card or Visa). How­ever, Saint Lucia is one of the coun­tries whose cit­i­zens will not be charged by the ROC (Tai­wan) Gov­ern­ment for ap­ply­ing for an e-Visa. The e-Visa will be is­sued af­ter the sub­mit­ted in­for­ma­tion has been as­sessed and found to meet rel­e­vant cri­te­ria.

The va­lid­ity of an e-Visa is three months from the is­sue date. The e-Visa is a sin­gleen­try visa, and the max­i­mum du­ra­tion of stay in Tai­wan is 30 days, which can­not be ex­tended.

Please note that e-Visas are only granted for tourism and busi­ness pur­poses, as well as for vis­it­ing rel­a­tives and at­tend­ing in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences or sport­ing events in Tai­wan. Ap­pli­cants who in­tend to travel to Tai­wan for other pur­poses—such as em­ploy­ment, study, res­i­dence with fam­ily, or Man­darin lan­guage cour­ses must sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion for a re­lated visa at this Em­bassy.

Fur­ther­more, for­eign na­tion­als who have been in­vited to at­tend in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences or ac­tiv­i­ties in Tai­wan—or­ga­nized, coor­ga­nized, or spon­sored by cen­tral gov­ern­ment agen­cies or cer­tain non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions—are also el­i­gi­ble for an e-Visa.

The stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures for e-Visa ap­pli­ca­tions are: Fill out an on­line visa ap­pli­ca­tion form on the BOCA web­site; Se­lect e-Visa and sub­mit your ap­pli­ca­tion; Pay the visa fee by credit card (if ap­pro­pri­ate); Await con­fir­ma­tion; Re­ceive con­fir­ma­tion by email; Print out the e-Visa to en­ter Tai­wan.

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