Palauans and Taiwanese people can now travel to one another’s country without applying for a visa starting Dec. 1, 2018.

The governments of Republic of China (Taiwan) and Republic of Palau have reached an agreement for 90-day visa-waiver program that will allow the citizens of both countries to enjoy closer interactions, at multiple levels, in such areas as medical treatment, tourism, business, trade and academic exchange.

Palauan and Taiwanese nationals seeking visa-free entry into Taiwan and Palau respectively must hold an ordinary, official or diplomatic passport valid for at least 6 months; not intend to work, study or reside in one another’s country; and hold a return flight (boat) ticket or a flight (boat) ticket and valid visa for an onward destination.

President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) pledged to offer visa-free treatment to the six Pacific nations with whom Taiwan currently has diplomatic relations, during her visitations in the south Pacific last October. Since then, the R.O.C. (Taiwan) Embassy in Palau and the Ministry of States of ROP started the negotiations for the Agreement on the Mutual Waiver of Visa Requirements and signed the said agreement on Oct. 25, 2018.

The Republic of Palau is the fourth Pacific ally granted visa waivers by the Taiwanese government, following Nauru, Tuvalu, and the Marshall Islands. (PR)