To attract Southeast Asian tourists and implement the incoming presidential administration’s New South-Forward Policy, both Thailand and Brunei are now included in Taiwan’s Visa Waiver Program, allowing passport holders from the two nations up to a 30-day visa-free stay. As of August 1st, 2016, this tentative program will last for one year and may be extended pending positive results. Under certain conditions, other Southeast Asian countries may also be adopted into the Program.
In addition to visa waivers, Taiwan has been improving English signage, installing more currency exchange service sites, and increasing small-amount tax refund-available stores. Other services to be improved involve increasing the number of tour guides and establishing friendly environments for Muslims. To further encourage ASEAN business people to visit Taiwan and its many trade shows, the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs has arranged for sightseeing packages to be offered by MICE event organizers.
Source: Central News Agency (CNA)