Taiwan-Palau mutual visa waiver starts December 1

Waiver valid for maximum of 90 days

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Palau (photo by Peter Binter)

Palau (photo by Peter Binter) (By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Beginning Saturday, Taiwanese travelers to Palau and Palauans hoping to visit Taiwan no longer have to apply for a visa.

The Pacific island country of Palau is one of Taiwan’s remaining 17 official diplomatic allies, and even rejected sanctions by China to stick with Taipei.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, citizens of the two countries will be allowed to stay a maximum of 90 days in each other’s country but their passports must be valid for at least six months, the Central News Agency reported.

Similar agreements on visa waivers were reached with other Pacific allies, such as the Marshall Islands, Nauru and Tuvalu, MOFA said.