[quote=“sjhuz01”]According to Wikipedia on Chiang Ching-kuo & this BBC article about the 20th anniversary of the end of Martial Law, the travel ban was lifted in 1987 shortly after Chiang ended martial law in July.
Initially the relaxed policy only applied to those w/family members in mainland China, such as aging KMT conscripts. Obviously that later expanded to include other Taiwanese & trade/business, but no specific citations or detailed info on restrictions at the time - sorry.
The Taiwan Compatriot Entry Permit started in 1987 too, and currently comes in 2 flavors: single-entry 90-day, or multiple-entry over 1,2 or 3 years. Dunno if that’s how it started out though.
Until the reinstatement of direct flights in June 2008, traveling from Taiwan to China also required passing through a 3rd point, such as Hong Kong.[/quote]
The Tai Boa itself is valid for 5 years… entry for a single trip of 90 days, or multiple entry one year visa trips with 90 day stays … but once here in China it’s very simple to change to a multiple entry that allows in year of stay after arrival. One passport size Photo and a few RMB.
The direct flights are often full but most airlines will let you return from HK or Macau if you go to Shenzen.