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New Chinese entry law to take effect on Jan. 1

TAIPEI--A new regulation that streamlines the entry of Chinese people to Taiwan will take effect Jan. 1, making it more convenient for Chinese nationals to visit Taiwan, the National Immigration Agency said yesterday.

The new rule is stipulated under an Interior Ministry amendment to the four regulations governing entry permission for Chinese people to Taiwan, and is aimed at encouraging cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges, according to the ministry.

Under the amendment, Chinese nationals making professional or business visits to Taiwan for periods of less that 30 days will no longer need to have their visa applications reviewed by the authorities at their destinations.

This will shorten the time for obtaining entry permits to Taiwan from 10 to three working days for Chinese professionals, and from five to three working days for Chinese business people, the agency said.

These short-term applicants will also no longer have to provide

documents such as forum agendas or theses for review, it added.

Applicants in these two categories account for 90 percent of all professional and business applicants from China to Taiwan, according to the agency.

In addition to the streamlining, the agency said it has also enhanced security measures. According to the new rules, Chinese nationals who the local authorities suspect might overstay their permits or break Taiwan's laws will be banned from entry.

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