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The US considers waiving visa requirements for Taiwanese travelers (2011/12/23)
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    The US considers waiving visa requirements for Taiwanese travelers (2011/12/23)

    Travel industry experts say the number of Taiwanese visitors to the United States could surge by more than 20 percent if Taiwan gains admission to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. If Taiwan’s application is successful, travelers will not only save more than NT$4,000 in application fees, but will also be freed of the laborious application processes.

    The American Institute in Taiwan announced yesterday that the US is considering waiving visa requirements for Taiwanese travelers. To the Taiwanese public, waiving of the US visa will be a great improvement as the current application process is very complicated.

    In addition to NT$4340 in fees, the DS-160 non-immigration forms must be filled out online. The document is more than 10 pages long and normally takes more than half an hour to complete. After the application there is still the interview process. If the interview is not approved, then the applicant needs to resubmit the application.

    If visas to the US are waived, Taiwanese travelers will only have to fill out an electronic application online and pay a fee the day prior to travel.

    Yu Kuo-chen
    Lion Travel Spokesperson
    Once the visa has been waived, I think the number of group and business travelers to the US will increase significantly. It could be as much as 20 or 30 percent.

    Privately, travel agents predicted that the number of travelers could even double as they did when UK visas were waived for Taiwanese travelers two years ago. Furthermore, airlines may increase flights to accommodate the increase.

    中文 Chinese  
    美簽申請難

    美國在台協會昨天宣布,將台灣納入免簽候選國,如果免簽真的通過,民眾未來到美國旅遊等,不但免去繁瑣的申請程序,還可以省下4340元的簽證費,以後只要上網填完表格,隔天就能出發。旅行業也估計,未來赴美民眾應該會增加兩到三成。

    美國在臺協會昨天公布台灣被納為免簽候選國。對許多民眾來說是一大好事,因為現在申辦美簽實在太麻煩。

    除了要付4340元簽證費,還要先上網填寫DS-160非移民簽證表格,總共幾十頁的文件,寫完就要花上半個小時,還不包括電腦當機重寫的時間。之後,要拿著列印出來的報名表,依規定時間到台北AIT面試,如果面試沒通過,申請就要重來。

    但未來如果免簽通過,只要上網填「電子旅行申請書」,支付申請費,隔天就能夠出發。

    [[雄獅旅行社發言人 游國珍]]
    “開放之後, 我想前往美國地區旅遊, 團體跟商務旅客的佔比,會有大幅度調整 正式開放以後,相信它的成長幅度,兩成到三成以上都有可能”

    旅行社私下透露,他們預計會跟兩年前英國通過免簽一樣,不但旅遊人數爆增兩倍,航空公司也可能加開航線跟班機。

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