Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) last week announced the extension of its 14-day visa-free entry trial programme for nationals from Brunei, the Philippines and Thailand.
The decision followed a June 11 inter-ministerial meeting convened by MOFA. The trial of visa-free treatment for nationals from these three countries will continue for another year from August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019, with a possible extension in the future.
This measure is being continued to attract visitors from New Southbound Policy partner countries for tourism and business purposes. Also factored into the decision to extend the trial period was the average length of stay by quality tourists and business travellers.
According to statistics from the Tourism Bureau, nationals from New Southbound Policy partner countries made a total of 2.3 million visits to Taiwan in 2017, a significant year-on-year increase of 27.7 per cent over the 1.8 million visits made in 2016.