Dhaka: The Foreign Ministry of Taiwan, on February 4, reached out to the Bangladesh government urging the removal of Taiwanese from the country’s entry ban on Chinese nationals following prevention measures for Wuhan’s coronavirus spread.
The ministry justified the request explaining that Taiwan is not part of the People’s Republic of China.
Earlier, on February 2, Bangladesh suspended the issuance of visas upon arrival (VUA) to Chinese nationals amid concern of coronavirus spread. However, the ban also resulted in some Taiwanese being refused entry to the country, Joanne Ou, Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at a news conference.
After communicating with Bangladesh immigration services, Taiwan Trade Center in Dhaka confirmed that the measure includes individuals from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, according to Ou.
Ou said that Taiwan's representative office in India has brought the matter to the attention of the Bangladesh government, saying the country should not include Taiwanese in the ban as Taiwan is not part of the PRC.
The ministry and the representative office in India will continue to communicate with relevant government agencies in Bangladesh in an effort to secure the exclusion of Taiwan nationals from the entry restrictions, Ou added.