will US citizens get 90 days of visa-free entry if Taiwan becomes a VWP country?

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will US citizens get 90 days of visa-free entry if Taiwan becomes a VWP country?

Postby FurTrader » 11 Jan 2012, 05:03

Will US citizens get 90 days of visa-free entry if Taiwan becomes a VWP country and Taiwanese citizens can visit the US without a visa?

Seems like the logical thing to do.... based on reciprocity.... however, I have read many Taiwan government official mentioning how
much they welcome the inclusion of Taiwan into the US VWP program... yet none of them mentioning reciprocity for US citizens.
(who currently are only allowed 30 days of visa-free visit to Taiwan)
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Re: will US citizens get 90 days of visa-free entry if Taiwan becomes a VWP country?

Postby tommy525 » 11 Jan 2012, 07:47

I would imagine so.
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Re: will US citizens get 90 days of visa-free entry if Taiwan becomes a VWP country?

Postby plasmatron » 11 Jan 2012, 12:33

Don't bet on it. South Africa offered 90 day visa free entry to Taiwanese citizens some years ago and Taiwan has yet to reciprocate. It's a have the cake and eat it too mentality at the 外交部.
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Re: will US citizens get 90 days of visa-free entry if Taiwan becomes a VWP country?

Postby tango42 » 11 Jan 2012, 18:48

Haven't seen anything credible that reflects that Taiwan is even considering anything like this.

Have only seen rumors based on questions asked about it by people, leading to others thinking it might happen.
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Re: will US citizens get 90 days of visa-free entry if Taiwan becomes a VWP country?

Postby Chris » 11 Jan 2012, 21:10

Taiwan did it for UK and Canadian passport holders.
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Re: will US citizens get 90 days of visa-free entry if Taiwan becomes a VWP country?

Postby FurTrader » 11 Jan 2012, 23:34

Chris wrote:Taiwan did it for UK and Canadian passport holders.


That's precisely my point. When the Brits and Canadians started talking about
granting visa-free access to Taiwanese visitors, the Taiwanese foreign ministry
said UK & Canadian citizens would get the same treatment(90 days) as soon as
everything is put in place.

It's been weeks since the US announced that Taiwan is on its way to becoming
a VWP country. Yet there is ZERO talk from any Taiwanese official about returning
the favor for US citizens.

Perhaps there are too many US citizens who visit Taiwan and extending their
visa-free stays to 90 days may cause the usual "problems" ??????? :D
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Re: will US citizens get 90 days of visa-free entry if Taiwan becomes a VWP country?

Postby tommy525 » 12 Jan 2012, 07:45

When you want a job done in Taiwan you pay AFTER it gets done. And in that vein the US shouldve hammered this one out with the Taiwanesers before agreeing to visa free. But on the other hand, Uncle Sam is still able to voice his concerns should this not arise and US citizens complain.
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Re: will US citizens get 90 days of visa-free entry if Taiwan becomes a VWP country?

Postby FurTrader » 12 Jan 2012, 13:15

tommy525 wrote:When you want a job done in Taiwan you pay AFTER it gets done. And in that vein the US shouldve hammered this one out with the Taiwanesers before agreeing to visa free. But on the other hand, Uncle Sam is still able to voice his concerns should this not arise and US citizens complain.


I think all US citizens who regularly visits Taiwan(or have plans to visit Taiwan in the future) should bring up this issue with
their elected representatives as soon as possible.

Let Congress put some pressure on the executive branch to make absolutely sure that US citizens will get the same 90-day
visa free treatment that Canadian, European, and Japanese visitors are currently getting...

Once Taiwan becomes a VWP, it will be really hard to rescind it. If Taiwan does not make nice and continue to give US
citizens only 30 day, there's almostnothing the US gov't can do. :)
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Re: will US citizens get 90 days of visa-free entry if Taiwan becomes a VWP country?

Postby nonredneck » 10 May 2012, 01:54

The US government isn't concerned about US citizens getting a 90 day visa free entry to Taiwan. It's admitted Taiwan to the VWP to try to keep US influence in Taiwan, which the US government fears is fading away due to Taiwan's better relations with the PRC.
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Re: will US citizens get 90 days of visa-free entry if Taiwan becomes a VWP country?

Postby tommy525 » 10 May 2012, 01:59

That being said, I think the Uncle should bring up the subject with the ROC-ers before granting them this priviledge to ensure Murkins get the 90 days.

I bet the Brits brought it up and so did the Ozzies, those guys aint shy.
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