Taiwan continues in US Visa Waiver Program: AIT
The United States has recently affirmed the renewal of Taiwan’s participation in the U.S. visa waiver program, allowing Taiwanese passport holders to continue to enjoy the privilege.
In a statement released Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it welcomes a letter from the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) that affirms the renewal of Taiwan’s participation in the program.
The notification came after the U.S. sent inspectors last year to examine whether Taiwan is in compliance with security and information-sharing requirements, the ministry said.
The AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties, said Tuesday that the renewal process will take place every two years.
The renewal “underscores the fact that Taiwan continues to comply with key security and information-sharing requirements, and that the partnership between the United States and Taiwan remains strong,” the AIT said in a post on its Facebook page.
Along with the post was a photo of AIT’s new director, Kin Moy, passing a letter to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) Chairwoman Katharine Chang Monday that affirms the renewal of Taiwan’s participation in the program.
Taiwan is one of 38 members of the U.S.’ Visa Waiver Program, which allows travelers with Taiwanese passports to travel to the U.S. for leisure or business trips lasting 90 days or less, the AIT said.
Taiwan was admitted to the U.S. visa waiver program in November 2012. Since then, the number of travelers from Taiwan to the U.S., and visitors from the U.S. to Taiwan, has increased, bringing economic and other benefits to both sides, the AIT said.