TAIWAN: Relaxation of Visa Rules for Southeast and South Asian Nationals

Effective 1st June 2017, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will further relax visa rules for visitors from countries in South east and South Asia covered by the “New Southbound Policy”.

What are the changes?

The visa exemption trial programme for nationals of Thailand and Brunei will be extended to 31st July 2018. The trial was introduced in August 2016, and allows nationals of Thailand and Brunei to enter Taiwan visa-free for stays of up to 30 days.

A visa exemption trial programme will be introduced for Philippines nationals for a period of one year. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not yet confirmed the implementation date of this new trial programme.

The eligibility criteria for online visa applications will be eased for nationals from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. People who have been issued with a Taiwan visa (excluding work visas) over the previous ten years, and who have no record of violating Taiwanese law, may apply for a multiple entry visa using the Online Application for Travel Authorization Certificate run by the National Immigration Agency.

Effective 1st June 2017, nationals of Sri Lanka and Bhutan will be eligible for tourist visas.

Effective 1st June 2017, business travellers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka may apply for an eVisa to Taiwan at the recommendation of local offices of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).

Background

The measures extend Taiwan’s strategy of strengthening economic relationships with South and Southeast Asian countries, known as the “New Southbound Policy”, introduced on 1st August 2016. See our previous alert on this here.

Our advice

Employers of business travellers to Taiwan from Southeast or South Asian countries should consult their Newland Chase visa specialist to confirm the latest entry requirements.

For advice and information on Taiwanese immigration in general, please email us at enquiries@newlandchase.com.

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