Taiwan eases entry regulations for Chinese businessmen

Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) The Ministry of the Interior said Friday it has eased regulations for Chinese businessmen entering Taiwan as part of its plan to boost the economy and promote tourism. The National Immigration Agency said the new regulation allows Chinese business people who have entered Taiwan for business within the past 12 months for more than three times to apply for multiple entry permits. It also said that Chinese businessmen who can provide documents approved by Chinese authorities for visits to Taiwan can also apply for the permits. The new regulation is aimed at boosting the economy by encouraging Chinese investments in Taiwan and promoting Taiwan as a tourist destination to the often deep-pocketed Chinese businesspeople, the ministry said. The regulation came after Taiwan established a fast-track online application system for Chinese businesspeople in December last year. Taiwanese companies that post annual revenue of more than NT$100 million (US$3.4 million) are eligible to apply online entry permits for their Chinese guests and the National Immigration Agency will issue the entry permits within three working days, according to the ministry. Last year, around 2.5 million Chinese people visited Taiwan. Most of the visitors were tourists here on group tours. (By Johnson Sun and Ann Chen)