Taiwan grants visa-free access to Thais

Thai tourists will no longer need a visa to enter Taiwan, effective from Aug 1.

Taiwan’s cabinet on Friday waived visas for visitors from Thailand and Brunei for stays of up to 30 days to entice more tourists to visit the island.

The ruling will be implemented on a one-year trial basis, running until July 31 next year.  

About 1.43 million tourists from Southeast Asian countries visited Taiwan last year. The visa-free scheme for citizens of Thailand and Brunei is expected to increase the number of visitors from Southeast Asia by 20%, or about 280,000 more people, in 2016.

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