Uruguay suspends visa waiver for visitors from Taiwan

Technical issues behind the suspension: MOFA

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The Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay (photo by Diego Delso)

The Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay (photo by Diego Delso) (By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Uruguay was suspending visa-free entry for visitors from Taiwan, but the official reason was a technical problem, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.

The Latin American country, which has no official diplomatic relations with Taiwan, introduced the visa waiver for visits of up to 90 days in late October, the Central News Agency reported.

However, the government of Uruguay recently informed Taiwan that technical problems with online e-visa applications were forcing the suspension of the visa waiver program.

As a result, Taiwanese citizens planning to visit Uruguay will have to apply for a visa at the country’s embassy in Japan, CNA reported.

It was not immediately clear when the problems would be resolved and the visa waiver resume. MOFA has reportedly asked Taiwan’s representative office in neighboring Argentina to look into the matter.