Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Taiwan has recently forged a cooperative agreement with the United States on improving travel security, paving the way for possible visa-free entry for Taiwanese citizens to the United States, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.
An exchange of notes concerning the initiative was completed Dec.
19 in Washington D.C. by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States and the American Institute in Taiwan, the MOFA said in a statement.
According to the Principles for Cooperation on Improving Travel Security established between the two countries, they will work together to crack down on forged documents, share traveler information, promote the issuance of e-Passports and exchange information on terrorists, the MOFA said.
The two sides will also improve the method for exchanging information on lost or stolen passports, continue cooperation on an airborne police project and enhance cooperation on airport security, the ministry said.
These principles are requirements that Taiwan must meet before further negotiating with Washington for visa-free entry to the United States by Taiwanese citizens, the ministry added.
To facilitate the cooperation, the two sides will first set up a working group that will be in charge of identifying the substantive areas of cooperation, the MOFA said.
(By Y.F. Low)