The Republic of China (Taiwan) has announced a new visa-waiver agreement with the twin-island, following diplomatic involvement by the Prime Minister, the Honourable Dr Timothy Harris; the Honourable Mark Brantley, and the ambassador to Taiwan, Her Excellency Jasmine Huggins.
“Taiwan has been a great supporter of St Kitts and Nevis, and this step further demonstrates the strength of our collaborative partnership, which brings benefits to the citizens of both countries in the areas of business, tourism, trade and cultural reciprocity,” Dr Timothy Harris said.
The measure takes immediate effect, and will grant nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis up to 30 days visa-free entry into Taiwan.
“I feel privileged to have played a part in achieving this exciting opportunity for the citizens of St Kitts and Nevis and for further embedding a truly bilateral relationship,” Brantley said. “The visa-free access granted by Taiwan is a clear indicator of the global confidence in the integrity of our passport and the due diligence measures that we have put in place to make applying for citizenship-by-investment a more robust process. It also means that the power of our citizenship has been further boosted and elevated to a global level of free movement, making it one of the most powerful in the Caribbean and Latin America.”
At the same time, Huggins stated that in order to benefit from this agreement, citizens must satisfy some requirements. Including that they must hold a return flight or boat ticket; hold a standard passport valid for at least six months; have a valid visa for an onward destination; and possess no criminal record, as verified by immigration units upon arrival at an airport or port in Taiwan.
During the last two years, nationals and holders of St Kitts and Nevis Passport have already had visa-free travel to a number of countries, including Indonesia, Brazil, The Maldives, Seychelles, Bolivia, Sierre Leone, Kenya, Ukraine, Kosovo and Kazakhstan.
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