Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) Uruguay has decided to allow Taiwanese travelers visa-free entry for stays of up to 90 days, which makes it the 169th country or territory across the world to offer that status to Republic of China (Taiwan) passport holders, the Ministry of Foreign affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday.
The Uruguayan government agreed on Oct. 19 to include Taiwan in its visa-waiver program but did not make an official announcement until Oct. 29 after it had completed all the necessary procedures, including informing the International Air Transport Association (IATA), MOFA said.
MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (???) said Taiwan welcomes the preferential treatment accorded by the Uruguayan government and believes it will help boost trade, tourism and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.
MOFA will continue its efforts to make overseas travel more convenient for Taiwan nationals, he said.