Taiwan’s Entry to Visa Waiver Program Will Boost Travel and Tourism in United States

November 7, 2012

Francisco Sánchez serves as the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. Follow him on Twitter @UnderSecSanchez.

We are on the brink of a new era. The United States’ commitment to Taiwan and its people have reached tremendous levels this year. As of November 1, 2012, people from Taiwan are able to visit the United States for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. The entry of Taiwan into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program will not only tremendously support the National Travel and Tourism Strategy, but also offer more opportunities to do business with each other, which enhances our economic partnership.

The goal of President Obama’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy is to attract 100 million visitors to the United States by the end of 2021. Taiwan will help us achieve this goal. During President Ma Ying-jeou’s time in office, the United States and Taiwan have made great progress towards our mutual goal of expanded opportunity and prosperity for both our nations. Taiwan has made great strides during the past few years to enhance its border security and travel systems. These efforts led Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to nominate and then approve Taiwan for the Visa Waiver Program.

The Visa Waiver Program will make international travel easier and encourage more visitors to the United States. Some found it frustrating to apply for a visa – from the fees to the long waits for interview appointments during school holidays and summer vacations. So we wanted to facilitate this process, while still being true to our national security goals. The recent decision to grant visa waiver status to travelers from Taiwan will make it easier for local businesspeople to explore opportunities in the United States and increase people-to-people interaction, which enhances our understanding of each other’s histories and cultures.

Taiwan is the 22nd largest source of foreign travelers to the United States, with approximately 300,000 travelers coming to the United States per year.  These travelers contributed $1 billion per year on travel to the United States. The commencement of the visa waiver program for Taiwan citizens will significantly boost these figures, making this another milestone in our growing bilateral commercial relationship. We look forward to welcoming more visitors from Taiwan throughout the United States.


  1. The Visa Waiver Program and National Travel and Tourism Strategy are important for U.S. It’ s posiible to 100 milion visitors in U.S. by end of 2021.

  2. 100 million visitors by the end of 2021? That seems like an aggressive number but if it is a focus to help us rebuild our economy, then I am all for the progress.

  3. I agree. Let do what we can for the progress of our economy!

  4. We strongly believe that this new Visa Waiver will contribute to connect both tourist and business visitors, this is really a great news for us.Regarding 100 million visitors by the way the visitor number projection seems to us a little bit too much adventourous, anyway the visitor number will be indeed very high.

  5. thanks nice and awesome……….
    US is very beautiful. Lots of tourist places.

  6. This is an amazing work that US Government is doing. To bring 100 million tourist in US is great thing in itself. Us Visa Waiver is the key tool in this effort of bringing visitors to USA.

  7. Strongly protested, because visa waiver program means allow them to immigrant to U.S.A. Ultimately, another factor to increase economical burden.

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