Fee-free visas
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The ROC has simplified the visa process for Saint Lucians wishing to visit Taiwan.

The Republic of China (Taiwan) has made it much easier for Saint Lucians wishing to travel to the Asian island.

Earlier this week, the Taiwanese Embassy launched a free e-visa service for Saint Lucians.

The e-visa, an alternative to the usual paper-based visa, will be issued free of charge to Saint Lucians after relevant information has been submit­ted and approved. The visa will be valid for three months and is a single-entry visa for a maximum of 30 days in Taiwan. It cannot be ex­tended.

While a visa application fee usually applies, the embassy has indicated that the e-visa fee will be waived for Saint Lucians.

The visas are granted for tourism and business purposes, as well as for visiting relatives and attending international conferences or sporting events in Taiwan. Foreign nationals who have been invited to attend international conferences or ac­tivities in Taiwan are also eligible for an e-visa.

Any applicant who intends to travel to Taiwan for other pur­poses such as employment, study, residence with family or for Mandarin language courses  must submit an application for a related visa at the Taiwan Embassy in Saint Lucia.

Applications will be made available on the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the ROC (Tai­wan).