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Visa-Free Travelling Opens New Doors for Taiwan

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Doing business with Taiwan has become much easier as ROC passport holders can now travel to the European Union for up to 90 days without the need to apply for a visa. This new ruling means an end to formal barriers like sending out a letter of invitation when you

Visa-Free Travelling Opens New Doors for Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Doing business with Taiwan has become much easier as ROC passport holders can now travel to the European Union for up to 90 days without the need to apply for a visa. This new ruling means an end to formal barriers like sending out a letter of invitation when you expect a business visitor from Taiwan.

The visa waiver for ROC passport holders is a direct result of the Taiwan’s President Ma new China mainland policy. Now that Taiwan is following a ‘non confrontational’ approach, tensions between the two nations have subsided significantly. It resulted among them in signing the ECFA (Economic Framework Agreement) treaty by Taiwan and China in 2010.

Five years ago, mainland China still raised a huge outcry when Japan announced its decision to give the right of visa-free entry to ROC citizens. This time, when a mainland Chinese spokesperson was asked to comment on the EU decision, the response was that mainland China “is not opposed” to such a move.

In explaining its decision to give visa-free privileges to ROC citizens, the EU stated that “the imposition of the visa requirement on the citizens of Taiwan is no longer justified, as, in particular, the territory does not represent any risk of illegal immigration or threat to public policy for the Union.”

 

 

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