Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has announced the designation of Taiwan into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP permits visa-free travel to the United States for eligible travelers visiting the United States for up to 90 days for business or tourism. Like other VWP travelers, eligible Taiwan passport holders will be required to apply for advanced authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Eligible Taiwan passport holders with an approved ESTA will be able to visit the United States under VWP as of November 1, 2012. Taiwan will now join 36 countries which are already participants in the VWP.