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Attracting More Tourists from ASEAN Nations

September 13, 2016 Destination North Asia No Comments Print Print Email Email

As part of efforts by the government to attract more visitors from Southeast Asia, visa restrictions have recently been eased for citizens of ASEAN nations. Citizens of Thailand and Brunei now enjoy visa-free access to Taiwan.

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Nationals from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos who have received visas to Australia, Canada, the Schengen area in Europe, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the United Kingdom, or the United States over the past 10 years will also be allowed to enter Taiwan visa-free after registering online. It is estimated that the easing of visa restrictions for these eight ASEAN countries will lead to an increase in Southeast Asian visitor arrivals for 2016 of at least 20 percent.
Furthermore, visa regulations for high-end group tourists from Southeast Asian countries are being simplified. Members of tourist groups organized by designated travel agencies and of corporate incentive-travel groups from India and Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam, may now apply for an entry visa to Taiwan with no need for proof of occupation and supporting financial documents.

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