10 February 2009

UK confirms 6-month visa-free access for Taiwanese

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The UK Home Office has secured 6-month visa-free visitors access for Taiwanese nationals, reports the Taiwan News.

As of March 3 2009, Taiwanese nationals can travel, conduct business, visit family and friends, and study for up to six months without a visa for UK.

David Campbell, director of the British Trade and Cultural Office in Taiwan said the new UK visa ruling is the result of sound relations between the two countries who have a shared understanding that businesses and travellers would find the agreement mutually beneficial.

Travellers on this new type of visa will have to bring with them proof that they are leaving the country before the six months has ended, and proof that they are studying, attending business meetings, or touring the UK.

After the new visa-free rule is live, the British Trade and Cultural Office is expecting to see the numbers of UK visas sold drop from 28,000 per year to 6,000-8,000 UK visas.

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