TAIPEI – Starting November, individual travellers from Taiwan who are visiting Thailand are expected to provide their financial details and be physically present at the government office in order to obtain a visitor’s visa.
Before, Taiwanese travellers could make their visa applications without prior appointments made.
In mid-November however, the Thailand Trade and Economic Office in Taipei stated that they were implementing an e-visa application and e-payment system. Republic of China passport holders will need to apply for a visa online, and schedule an appointment to submit passports in person at the office, according to local paper Taipei Times.
Taiwanese tour operators also revealed another requirement for entering Thailand – local applicants would need to provide their bank details for the three months leading up to their trip, to prove they are financially able to pay for their travel expenses.
The above financial details apply only to individual travellers; for members of tour groups, they would just have to provide a letter of guarantee from their work place or travel operator.
While it’s getting harder for Taiwanese to visit Thailand, on the flip side, Taiwan had just extended their visa-free travel programme for Thais for another year, ending July 31, 2020.