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China to exempt Taiwanese travelers from entry permits from July 1

Shanghai, June 18 (CNA) China's State Council announced Thursday that from July 1, Taiwanese travelers will no longer have to apply for an entry permit when they plan to make a trip to the mainland. According to the amended "Measures for the Control of Chinese Citizens Travelling to or from the Region of Taiwan," from July 1, Taiwanese people can travel to China as long as they hold a valid Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents, commonly referred to as the Taiwan compatriot permit (???), China's official Xinhua news agency reported. The amended measures also simplify the application procedures for Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents, the report said.
To apply, applicants will only need to present a valid Taiwan identification card and entry and exit document, i.e., Taiwanese passport, fill in an application form and submit a photo, it said.
Until now, applicants had to also provide documents related to the purpose of their visit such as a letter of invitation from Chinese host organizations.
In Taiwan, Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (???) said that both sides of the Taiwan Strait have been working to make people-to-people interaction more convenient and that the latest announcement by Beijing is a positive move that is helpful to enhancing cross-strait interaction. The opposition Democratic Progressive Party said, however, that the Beijing government's intention is to treat the people of Taiwan like the residents of Hong Kong, which was handed back to China in 1997.
(By Yin Chun-chieh, Hsieh Chia-chen and Y.F. Low)

Updated : 2021-09-22 05:24 GMT+08:00