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Taiwan postpones visa-free privileges for Philippine visitors
Taipei, May 12 (CNA) A plan to give Philippine tourists visiting Taiwan visa-free treatment has been postponed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday, but it would not say for how long.
In a statement, the ministry said the implementation of the plan is being pushed back in order to complete related administrative procedures and negotiations.
"The exact date for when the measure will take effect will be announced in September," it said, adding that e-visa privileges will continue to be available for Philippine tourists to Taiwan.
During an inter-agency meeting in April, it was decided that Taiwan will expand visa privileges for visitors from Thailand, Brunei and the Philippines and streamline the visa application process for visitors from other Southeast Asian and South Asian countries.
At the time, the ministry announced it would offer visa-free treatment to visitors from the Philippines beginning on June 1 on a one-year trial basis.
The plan is part of the Taiwan government's efforts to promote exchanges with the Philippines under President Tsai Ing-wen's "New Southbound Policy," which is aimed at advancing ties with Southeast and South Asian countries.
Under the policy, Taiwan has streamlined visa procedures for visitors from those countries, such as including the Philippines in Taiwan's e-visa program in October 2016.
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