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Besides saving tourists $146, the visa-waiver program with one of Taiwan’s most visited destinations is a political success for a its leader, who has added 74 countries to the program since his election.

Taiwanese will be allowed to visit the U.S. without having to apply for a visa, after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Taiwan’s inclusion in the U.S. visa-waiver program from Nov. 1.

Under the program, preapproved, low-risk travelers from participating countries can travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for up to 90 days without a visa. Taiwan becomes the 37th member of the club and the fifth Asian participant after Brunei, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

The ministry said Taiwanese will likely make 60,000 trips to the U.S. under the new arrangement.

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