License rules relaxed for Taiwanese drivers in 13 European countries
Taipei, March 22 (CNA)
The move is part of an effort to facilitate travel and reduce inconvenience for Taiwanese citizens, said Yaser Cheng, deputy director-general of the ministry's Department of European Affairs in a regular press briefing.
He explained that Taiwanese who have successfully obtained a drivers' license in any of the 13 countries through the scheme can now drive freely in 26 other member states of the European Union (EU).
Taiwan has so far developed such agreements with Slovakia, Denmark, Belgium, Hungary, France, Finland, the Vatican, Holland, Ireland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Italy and Luxembourg.
The ministry is still working on including other EU members in the scheme, Cheng noted.
Slovakia is the latest European country to grant Taiwan such privileges.
From March 1, Taiwanese people who remain in Slovakia for more than six months can submit their Taiwanese drivers' license to Taiwan's mission in that country for authentication. Applicants can then obtain a local license from the Slovakian authorities.
Slovakian citizens are entitled to the same benefit in Taiwan under the principle of reciprocity.
Cheng, however, added that visa requirements may differ from country to country and advised Taiwanese passport holders to check this before applying.
(By Nancy Liu)
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