Taiwan will remain in the American visa waiver programme (VWP), the East Asian state’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced.

The conformation came in a letter, on 15 October, from the American Institute in Taiwan.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency reports that the USA conducts periodic inspections to ensure that VWP members are following the protocols that are required.

When Taiwan joined the VWP in November 2012, an inspection followed in 2014, extending its membership in 2015.

According to the news agency, the programme allows residents of 38 member countries to travel to the USA for tourism or business for periods of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

Travellers from VWP countries are still required to apply for travel authorisation online via the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation, or ESTA, prior to visiting the US.

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