Deputy Foreign Minister of Taiwan, Tien Chung-kwang, highlighted India’s significant outbound travel and the potential benefits of easing visa procedures while expressing this intention.

Taipei : In a promising development for Indian travelers, Taiwan is actively considering implementing a visa-on-arrival (VoA) policy for Indian citizens.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Taiwan, Tien Chung-kwang, highlighted this goal, underscoring India’s substantial outbound travel and the potential advantages of streamlining visa procedures.

Speaking to reporters in Taipei on Tuesday, he acknowledged the proposal and emphasized the need for internal discussions with Taiwan’s Immigration Department before making any formal decision. He highlighted the collaborative nature of such a policy change, indicating that it cannot be enacted by the government alone.

“Indian citizens travel a lot… We are considering this (visa-on-arrival). We will discuss it with the Immigration Department. The government can’t do it single-handedly; we need to discuss it internally,” he said.

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

When the Indian government initiated the “Look East Policy” in early 1991, Taiwan and India began to strengthen their relationship and ease visa restrictions.

This development follows Taiwan’s Deputy Foreign Minister’s strong rejection of China’s objection to the recent exchange of messages between Taiwan President Lai Ching Te and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after Modi’s election win.

Taiwan’s Deputy Foreign Minister expressed confidence that both Modi ji and our President would not be intimidated by that response.

The Chinese Embassy in India reiterated that Taiwan is an “inalienable part” of China’s territory. 

The embassy’s spokesperson underscored the one-China principle as widely acknowledged in international relations and a consensus prevailing in the international community.

The economic partnership between India and Taiwan has significantly strengthened in recent years. Taiwan views India as a critical partner under its ‘New Southbound Policy’, and both countries have signed a migration agreement allowing Indian workers to be employed in Taiwanese industries.

In a firm message to China, Lai Ching-te urged Beijing to cease its intimidation of Taiwan, despite China’s continued claims over the island nation.

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