Regulations loosened for Chinese medical tourism
By Joy Lee,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The regulations for Chinese coming to Taiwan for medical services have been eased to increase economic growth and boost the international competitiveness of the medical industry, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) announced yesterday.
December 29, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
The NIA said that Chinese citizens who are over 20 years old and have savings over NT$200,000 or have annual income over NT$500,000 can apply to visit Taiwan for health inspections or medical cosmetology with their relatives and spouses.
Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功), director-general of the NIA, said that this rule from the revised Regulations Governing the Entry Permission to Taiwan Area for the People from Mainland China will become effective tomorrow.
“With this revised regulation, Taiwanese health inspection and medical cosmetology industries will be able to compete internationally,” Hsieh said. “This can also attract more Chinese tourists to visit Taiwan.
“Allowing Chinese to come to Taiwan to enjoy great medical cosmetology services also demonstrates Taiwan's ability and development in the industry.”
According to the NIA, medical organizations can request that travel agencies apply with the NIA for business activities that involve Chinese coming to Taiwan for medical services.