Taiwan to further revise SE and South Asia visa policy

To further attract visitors from Southeast and South Asia and in continuation to its visa policy from last year, visa-free travel for citizens of Brunei and Thailand will be extended to July 31, 2018. Citizens of the Philippines will be able to travel to Taiwan without applying for a visa starting June 1, 2017 in an one-year pilot program. Citizens of Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam who have received a Taiwan visa (excluding the foreign worker visa) will be eligible to apply online for a multiple-entry permit. Citizens of Bhutan and Sri Lanka will be eligible for tourist visa. Business travelers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka will be able to apply for the eVisa with recommendation from the local office of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).

For more information, contact Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bureau of Consular Affairs or the nearest Taiwan embassy/consulate/representative office.

Taiwan Passport Sticker Movement

A month ago a friend came visit me in Taiwan. He (from Missouri, US) didn’t know much about Taiwan, and probably came because it was on the way to somewhere else. We didn’t really do any of the touristy stuff, because he wasn’t in Taiwan for a very long time, and I figured the best way to introduce someone to Taiwan is to have him/her live like a Taiwanese. So we just hung out, went to downtown for a few times, and ate a lot of really really good food. I tried my best to explain Taiwan’s political situation to him, and I could just see mounting confusion when I started switching between the Republic of China and the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan.

It is confusing, because China means People’s Republic of China to the rest of the world. In the new Batman v Superman movie, Senator Finch told Lex Luthor that “calling a jar of piss ‘Granny’s peach tea’ won’t make the pee taste good.” Calling Taiwan the Republic of China doesn’t make Taiwan an alternate or real China to the rest of the world. Yet, because of international reality and perhaps a desperate attempt to cling onto the ghost of China’s glorious past, Taiwan’s KMT government has been having a row with its own citizens for the past year or so over the ROC passport cover.

The current passport of Taiwan looks like this:81241556871 Continue reading “Taiwan Passport Sticker Movement”