Taiwan included in Saudi Arabia e-Visa program

Taipei-Taiwan will be included in Saudi Arabia's convenient electronic travel authority (e-Visa) program, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Friday, touting the measure as facilitating tourism exchanges between the two nations.

Saudi Arabia announced the e-Visa measure that day, opening its doors to tourists from 49 countries and territories.

MOFA said in a statement that under the new program, Taiwan nationals will be able to apply for a travel permit to the Islamic nation on its e-Visa website, where applicants are required to complete a form online and pay the fee with a credit card.

The online system will reply via e-mail if the application is approved, the ministry said, noting that Saudi Arabia has not yet announced when the e-Visa program will be introduced.

However, the new measure is intended for tourists only, so individuals applying for a business visa are still required to apply at Saudi Arabia's trade office in Taipei, the ministry said.

Taiwan included Saudi Arabia in its e-Visa program in 2016, MOFA said, adding that it expects reciprocal treatment from Riyadh to boost travel between the two countries and promote bilateral tourism.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel