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Panduan Aplikasi Visa dan Ijin Bebas Masuk Taiwan untuk Turis Indonesia

Negara Taiwan yang disebut juga Republic of China (ROC) memiliki territory sendiri dan berbeda dengan mainland China yang bernama People's Republic of China (PRC). Taiwan tidak punya Kedutaan Besar di Jakarta, melainkan sebuah kantor perwakilan dengan nama Taipei Economic Trade Office (Teto) yang berlokasi di dalam kawasan Senayan Central Business District (SCBD) seberang Mall Pacific Place.

Dengan bermodalkan semangat mencari Tao Ming Tse tiket pesawat dan persyaratan lainnya, saya mendatangi kantor Teto tersebut untuk apply visa Taiwan buat saya, suami dan anak. Masuknya dari pintu belakang gedung dengan menukar kartu identitas. Sesampainya di Lantai 17, dokumen saya diperiksa terlebih dahulu oleh petugas di bagian depan pintu. Petugas yang baik hati tersebut memeriksa setiap halaman paspor saya dan menemukan ada Visa Korea.

Petugas: "Ini pernah ke Korea?"
Saya: "Iya pak, tapi visa nya udah expired 2 tahun lalu."
Petugas: "Bisa gratis ini, ga perlu apply vi…
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