Taiwan proposes visa-on-arrival for Indians to boost tourism

In a positive development for Indian travellers, Taiwan is actively considering the implementation of visa-on-arrival (VoA) for Indian citizens. Deputy Foreign Minister of Taiwan, Tien Chung-kwang expressed this intention, highlighting India’s significant outbound travel and the potential benefits of easing visa procedures.

Speaking to reporters in Taipei recently, he acknowledged the proposal and emphasised the necessity of internal discussions with Taiwan’s Immigration Department before any formal decision can be made. He underscored the collaborative nature of such a policy change, indicating that it cannot be enacted single-handedly by the government.

“We have been proposed to have a visa-on-arrival. We are giving it a very serious consideration,” Tien Chung-kwang stated, reflecting Taiwan’s proactive stance on facilitating tourism and business travel from India.

Taiwan proposes visa on arrival for Indians to boost tourism

When the Indian government initiated the “Look East Policy” in early 1991, Taiwan and India started to approach each other and loosen visa restrictions, reported Hindustan Times. The India-Taiwan economic partnership has grown significantly in recent years. Taiwan has considered India as a critical partner under its ‘New Southbound Policy’, and both countries have also signed a migration agreement to allow Indian workers to be employed in Taiwanese industries.

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