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Taiwan to launch eVisa system in January

Taiwan to launch eVisa system in January

Taipei, Nov. 15 (CNA) Taiwan is scheduled to begin an electronic visa (eVisa) application system in January next year, with 27 countries to benefit in the first stage of the system's implementation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) officials said Sunday. The 27 nations include Turkey, Macedonia, Brunei and the 22 countries that maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan, excluding the Holy See, according to the MOFA. The other three countries on the list are those that have offered Taiwan preferential visa waivers, but the ministry declined to disclose which ones they are, saying only that they will be made public in an official announcement upon the launch of the new system. Also, foreign nationals who are invited by Taiwanese organizations to visit Taiwan will be entitled to eVisa applications, the officials said. In the first stage, travelers from the designated countries will be allowed to apply for eVisas for business or tourist visits. Around 25,000 people are expected to benefit from the convenient facility each year, the MOFA said, adding that it will evaluate the possibility of expanding the system to more countries based on the initial implementation results. Under the new system, the applicants will enjoy convenient single-window online services for entry permits to Taiwan. (By Tang Pei-chun and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-28 19:40 GMT+08:00