The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that it was expanding the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to include Taiwan. In accordance with the VWP designation process, DHS determined that Taiwan complies with key security and information-sharing requirements. Therefore, DHS decided to allow Taiwan to join the 36 other participants in the VWP. The VWP permits Visa-free travel to the United States for eligible travelers visiting the United States for 90 days or less for business or tourism. All VWP travelers are required to apply for authorization to use the VWP through the Electronic System for Traveler Authorization (ESTA). Eligible Taiwan passport holders with an approved ESTA will be able to visit the United States through the VWP beginning on November 1, 2012. In fiscal year 2011, more than 60% of the tourist and business travelers entering the United States by air used the VWP.