5 more coun­tries grant the ROC bet­ter visa priv­i­leges

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wanese pass­port hold­ers can now ob­tain visa waivers, land­ing visas or e-visas to 153 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries as five more coun­tries re­cently granted Tai­wan such priv­i­leges, the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs said Wed­nes­day.

Kaza­khstan and Ta­jik­istan in Cen­tral Asia and Liberia and Dji­bouti in Africa granted Tai­wan land­ing visa treat­ment while Gabon in Africa in­cluded Tai­wan in its e-visa sys­tem, the min­istry said in a state­ment.

Even with the visa priv­i­leges, how­ever, the min­istry cau­tioned that Tai­wanese trav­el­ers to Kaza­khstan, Ta­jik­istan and Dji­bouti needed to pre­pare such doc­u­ments such as in­vi­ta­tion letters, re­turn air tick­ets and ac­com­mo­da­tion book­ing records to clear immigration upon ar­rival.

To ap­ply for a land­ing visa for Liberia, Tai­wanese pass­port hold­ers need to send a scanned copy of their pass­ports to the of­fi­cial e-mail of Liberia’s for­eign min­istry seven days be­fore their de­par­ture and sub­mit the ap­pli­ca­tion upon their ar­rival, the min­istry said.

Gabon re­quires Tai­wanese pass­port hold­ers to present a travel per­mit ob­tained through the coun­try’s online sys­tem be­fore their de­par­ture, re­turn tick­ets or tick­ets to a third coun­try and ac­com­mo­da­tion book­ing records at immigration upon their ar­rival, it added.

The 153 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries that have given Tai­wan visa priv­i­leges in­clude the United States, Ja­pan and all Euro­pean Union coun­tries. It cov­ers most of the ar­eas fre­quented by Tai­wanese trav­el­ers, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

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