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Taiwan is gearing up to ease visa rules for these three countries

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Just two days after granting visa-free entry to visitors from its 11 allies in Latin America and the Caribbean, Taiwan has announced that it's studying easing entry restrictions for three Southeast Asian countries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the measures being drawn up would apply to travelers from Vietnam, India and Indonesia who wish to visit for business, tourism or to see a relative.

The ministry did not say what the measures would be, but they could range from e-visas to complete visa-free entry, perhaps on a trial basis.

The measures are part of the government's "New Southbound Policy," which aims to improve trade, travel and other ties between Taiwan and countries in South and Southeast Asia.

There has recently been a dramatic uptick in visitors from these areas; the Central News Agency reported in January that tourists from the 18 countries included in the policy was 42.8 percent higher than in the same month the previous year.

Earlier this week, Taipei's representative office in Manila said the Taiwan government was eager to offer visa-free entry to Philippine passport holders but would't do so until the Marawi crisis had been resolved.

Marawi has been under siege since May, with intense clashes between Philippine security forces and Islamic State-affiliated militants.

Currently, those from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam can apply for an R.O.C. Travel Authorization Certificate to make visiting Taiwan easier. More details are available here or by calling the National Immigration Agency on (+886-2) 2388-9393 ext. 2423.

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