Turkey threatens to open gates for Syria refugees to go West

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president on Thursday threatened to "open the gates" and allow a flood of Syrian refugees to leave Turkey for Western countries unless a so-called "safe zone" is establi...

Han says he won't accept migrants 'causing trouble' in Taiwan after 'chickens' comment

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Itinerant Kaohsiung Mayor and full-time Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu is sure to stir more controversy after he said he will not accept migrants who "...

HK protesters demand UK citizenship outside British Embassy

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As social unrest amid the political crisis in Hong Kong continues to escalate, hundreds of Hong Kong citizens protested outside the U.K. embassy on Sunday (Sept. 1) demand...

Foreign tourist arrivals up 13% in first seven months of 2019

Foreign nationals made nearly 7 million visits to Taiwan from January to July this year, up 12.85 percent from the same period a year earlier, Taiwan's Tourism Bureau said Monday. During the fi...

Taiwan among countries to enjoy visa fee waivers in Thailand

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Thailand announced on Tuesday (Aug. 20) the extension of free visas on arrival for passport holders of 19 countries until April in 2020 in a bid to boost tourism amid a sl...

Taiwan and Solomon Islands ink visa waiver agreement

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan and its Pacific ally, the Solomon Islands, have reached a visa-exemption deal in Tuvalu, where the annual Pacific Islands Forum wrapped up on Friday (Aug. 16). F...

No plans to adjust visa-free treatment for Filipinos visiting Taiwan

Taipei (CNA) Taiwan has no plans to adjust its visa-free treatment for Philippine nationals at present, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday, following reports that several Filipino wor...

Time for Taiwan to prioritize extradition agreements

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) -- The extradition of Taiwanese telecom fraud suspects has been back in the news recently and is something that the Taiwanese government needs to come to grips with. Only la...

Taiwan increases visa-free treatment for Russian citizens to 21 days

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan will extend the visa-waiver program for Russia by one more year on a trial basis, allowing Russian travelers to stay in Taiwan for 21 days without a visa, confirmed...

Taiwan's passport ranked 30th strongest in world

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Henley Passport Index released its passport rankings for 2019 on Tuesday (July 2), using data from International Air Transport Association. The Taiwanese passport i...

Taiwan set to extend visa-free program for Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Russia

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan is poised to extend the visa-free program for passport holders from the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, and Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Monday (J...

The Latest: Swiss voters appear set to back tighter gun laws

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on Switzerland's referendum on tightening Swiss gun laws (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Swiss media are reporting that early exit polls show...

Swiss vote on whether to adopt the EU's tighter gun rules

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters are casting ballots in a referendum to decide whether to enact new restrictions on guns and line up with Switzerland's partners in the European visa-free travel zone who hav...

Romanian political spat comes to the fore at EU summit

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — Romania's long-running political turmoil was on stark display once more Thursday, as its president criticized some of his country's politicians for "attacking European institutio...

Female Thai tourist claims denied entry to Taiwan for skimpy top

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A Thai woman posted an angry rant on Facebook claiming that she had been denied entry at immigration in the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport based on her appearance. In ...