Taiwan eases restrictions on Chinese tourists

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Travel agents on Taiwan’s outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu will be allowed from May to apply online for travel permits on behalf of Chinese tour groups who want to visit the two islands via direct ferry services across the Taiwan Strait, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said yesterday.

Chinese tourists who have already visited Taiwan over the past five years and who want to visit Kinmen and Matsu as part of a tour group of between five and 40 members can apply online for travel permits through Tourism Bureau-sanctioned travel agencies on the two islands.

The applicants will not be required to provide documents or photos and the travel agencies will not need to deliver application forms to the prospective travelers