Ministry warns ROC nationals to stick to visa-waiver rules

Staff writer, with CNA

Fri, Apr 12, 2013 - Page 3

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday warned against violations of the UK’s visa-waiver concessions to Taiwan, saying Taiwanese who gain visa-free entry to the UK should not try to engage in work or long-term study there.

The visa-free arrangement only applies to travel for the purposes of tourism, short-term study or business, Department of European Affairs Director-General Hsu Mien-sheng (徐勉生) said at a news briefing.

Hsu cited a recent case of a Taiwanese woman who was denied entry into the UK because she was trying to re-enter the country visa-free to resume a tutoring job.

The woman had spent several years studying and working in the UK, but had to leave when her work visa expired and was trying to get back into the country on the visa-waiver, Hsu said.

Republic of China nationals traveling abroad are urged not to misuse the visa-waiver concessions granted by other countries, Hsu said.