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Andorra, San Marino locals granted visa-free privileges

TAIPEI -- Taiwan has decided to grant visa-free privileges for citizens of the tiny European countries of Andorra and San Marino, in an effort to further strengthen ties between Taiwan and the European Union, a foreign affairs official said yesterday.

Starting June 1, citizens of Andorra and San Marino can visit Taiwan without a visa and stay for up to 90 days, said Zhang Ming-zhong, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of European Affairs, at a regular news conference.

Taiwanese are already allowed to enter Andorra and San Marino without visas, Zhang noted.

The principality of Andorra is a tiny country of less than 500 square kilometers nestled between France and Spain. With an area of about 61 square kilometers, San Marino is bounded on all sides by Italy.

With the two European countries added to the list, Taiwan now offers visa-exempt treatment to a total of 45 countries, while Taiwanese passport holders enjoy visa-free or landing visa privileges in 140 countries and territories, according to the ministry.

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