El Salvadorans Need a Visa to Come to TW Now


#1

Taiwan scraps visa-free rules for El Salvadorans because El Salvador scrapped visa-free rules for Taiwanese.

I think they take this reciprocity thing way too far here. Nothing here is based off of facts, it’s only done if you are doing it too. The only thing that isn’t reciprocal is the multiple citizenship rules and we all know how that works.

Do Taiwanese people just hate money? Why not just leave it open and take the tourist dollars that come with it. They obviously don’t want Taiwanese money, so…more for Taiwan?


#2

I want to SCREAM this to Taiwan government.


#3

Reciprocity is only good when it’s in Taiwan’s favor. Then they wonder why the few friends they have left are all bailing. So kneejerk


#4

I would guess that El Salvador would lose more Taiwanese tourists than the other way round. Do many El Salvadoreans visit Taiwan?


#5

How is this even in Taiwan’s favour? They’re cutting off potential tourist dollars and goodwill with average people for no reason.

I swear, this as well as some of the business practises I see here convince me that Taiwanese simply hate money because It’s the only thing that makes any sense.


#6

I was referring to the citizen issue. So many elite have no issue with the hypocritical stance of having two passports while denying foreigners the same rights


#7

Interestingly, teh same thing happened to Costa Ricans. Let me explain.

As soon as the check from China was cashed, the CR government started making the lives of Taiwanese residents a bit harder. Now, many Taiwanese had a CR passport but obviously not all. Others were tourists and students. So many came back to Taiwan or they migrated to greener pastures, affecting Taiwanese investments, obviously.

So the CR government had to be flexible and allowed Taiwanese in with US visa, no need to go through the hassle of getting a CR visa. Couple years later, CR decides that they can be lenient and give back visa free privilege to Taiwanese. That was in 2016. To this day, Taiwan has not reciprocated and any Costa Rican who wants to come to The Island must get a visa.

Here is the story:
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201612140025.aspx

I am curious about what happened to Panamenians. That would be an interesting case, as there are so many investments there.


#8


About 50 a month avg.

Taiwanese to El Salvador is much less.


#9

The issue is that most of those are not tourists per se. They are mostly business people on marketing trips. So the loss is bigger in potential exports, not just someone staying at a beach hotel.

Compare to the situation in Mexico. The Taiwanese must get a special visa if they want to make business. It is a bit intricate. they can say they are tourists but if they go and participate in expos or something… could be trouble. Better safe.


#10

This decision isn’t going to tank the Taiwanese tourist industry.


#11

No. You’re right. But…Why say no to economic growth? How does this decision benefit us in Taiwan?


#12

No, it doesn’t. However, I understand why they feel they need to do something. They can’t keep bending and taking it from developing countries who are taking the piss (and, they’ll find out in time, having the piss taken out of them by China).


#13

I don’t like that Taiwanese still have to pay for visas to SEA.
Its pretty weak ass . It costs me money .


#14

“Based on the principle of reciprocity, . .” But Taiwan gives free visas to southeast Asian countries without reciprocity. MOFA talking bull.


#15

Right. But this is essentially self-harm out of spite, however small it may be.


#16

Well. Cause they decided SEA money was worth it I guess. For me? A dollar is a dollar.


#17

Unless it’s not about the dollar


#18

the old country