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E-visa process eased for residents of HK, Macau

TAIPEI--The National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Saturday that the online Taiwanese visa application procedure for Hong Kong and Macau residents will be simplified starting next week.

Hong Kong and Macau residents applying online for a Taiwanese visa presently have to fill out an application form and print out duplicate copies for their entry and departure after gaining approval, the NIA said.

As of Monday, Hong Kong and Macau people will need to print only one copy, which they can show immigration officials upon arrival and departure.

“This will help cut down on paper and shorten screening time,” the NIA said.

NIA Director-General Hsieh Li-kung said the agency launched the online visa service for Hong Kong and Macau residents on Sept. 1, 2010, and 610,181 such visas were issued as of August 2011.

Moreover, the introduction of the online visa service has reduced annual paper usage by 610,000 pieces, he said.

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