Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the designation of Taiwan into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) - streamlining travel for thousands of eligible Taiwan passport holders, while maintaining strong security standards.
“Today’s announcement is a major step forward in our long-standing
economic partnership with Taiwan,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Taiwan’s
participation in the VWP will not only stimulate tourism in the United
States, it will also enable us to work together to maintain the
strictest security standards.”
Taiwan will join 36 participants in the VWP—which permits visa-free
travel to the United States for eligible travelers visiting the United
States for 90 days or fewer for business or tourism. In Fiscal Year
2011, the VWP accounted for 18.3 million visits to the United States, or
more than 60 percent of tourist and business travelers entering the
United States by air.