"The number of Thais travelling to Taiwan could drop by 50% if Taiwan follows through with its plan.”

Taiwan may limit visa-free entries for Thais due to vice activities

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The stiffened measures are likely to be enforced on August 1, 2019, if given the nod from by parliament
The stiffened measures are likely to be enforced on August 1, 2019, if given the nod from by parliament

Two years ago, Taiwan instituted a visa waiver programme for Thai nationals in order to improve tourism numbers. While the number of arrivals from Thailand, the Philippines and Brunei did increase by 410,000 over the course of two years, the National Immigration Agency also noticed a curious spike in visa-free abuse by prostitutes. This in turn puts visa-free travel by all Thais at risk. 

Taiwan is considering driving down visa-free entries for Thais from six times to just twice a year — all because of illegal vice activities committed by Thai nationals in the country, according to Bangkok Post.

Two years ago, Taiwan instituted a visa waiver programme for Thai nationals in order to improve tourism numbers. While the number of arrivals from Thailand, the Philippines and Brunei did increase by 410,000 over the course of two years, the National Immigration Agency also noticed a curious spike in visa-free abuse by prostitutes. This in turn puts visa-free travel by all Thais at risk. 

The stiffened measures are likely to be enforced on August 1, 2019, if given the nod from by parliament, according to Radio Taiwan International.

Will this impact tourism numbers? Chotika Chotsirimethakorn, a sales executive at Mira Travel Agency, is doubtful. She said that the visa policy change will likely not have a significant impact on the number of Thais travelling to Taiwan. "According to the news, the visa-free entry for Thais will not be completely abolished, and there are very few genuine tourists who would wish to visit Taiwan more than two times a year anyway," she said.

However, Chotsirimethakorn also said that if Taiwan was to completely stop offering visa-free entry to Thai passport holders, the impact could be huge as Taiwan is now the fourth most visited destinations in Asia by Thai tourists, after Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. "The number of Thais travelling to Taiwan could drop by 50% if Taiwan follows through with its plan to end the programme," she said.


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