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Visa-free travel period in S. Korea

The visa-free travel period for Taiwanese passport holders in South Korea is expected to be extended to 90 days from the current 30 days starting next month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced yesterday.

A mutual agreement has been reached to extend the visa-free stay duration and will take effect July 1, MOFA deputy spokesman Steven Hsia said at a regular briefing yesterday.

The latest measure is expected to further boost bilateral ties, increase interactions and benefit travelers from both sides, he added.

"The agreement will allow Taiwanese tourists to stay for a longer period in South Korea, which can allow them to make more plans during their visit to the country," he said.

According to a MOFA statement, Taiwan and South Korea signed a mutual visa-free entry agreement in 2003. Since the pact took effect, volume of two-way travelers increased to 660,000 people in 2011 from 550,000 in 2005, it said.

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