Taiwan Granted Access To U.S. Visa Waiver Program
In an effort to increase tourism and provide more opportunities for business and trade between the two nations, the U.S. has allowed Taiwan entry into its Visa Waiver Program. Taiwan citizens with valid passports will now be allowed to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa.
The designation comes as part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing National Travel and Tourism Strategy, aimed at attracting 100 million visitors to the U.S. by the end of 2021. The waiver program also opens more opportunities for business and trade with Taiwan, the 10th largest trading partner to the U.S.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton nominated and approved Taiwan for entry into the Visa Waiver Program after the nation illustrated significant strides in improving its border safety and travel program.
“Our bilateral trade and investment flows help spur innovation and provide consumers with greater choices to meet their needs and preferences,” said U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez. “We fully recognize that strong economic partnerships like ours are critical to America’s future.”
Taiwan citizens comprise 300,000 of the foreign visitors to the U.S, contributing upward of $1.1 billion to the U.S economy.