A Taiwanese study on the feasibility of granting visa-free entry to Hong Kong residents will be completed by the end of this month. Jeff Yang Jia-jiunn, the managing director of Chung Hwa Travel Service - Taiwan's de facto consulate in the city - said it began the study after a request from the island's Mainland Affairs Council in February and was looking at the legal and administrative arrangements required. 'As Taiwan and Hong Kong have frequent exchanges, we think this idea deserves consideration and we are working on it,' he said. Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports need to obtain a two-week visa on arrival in Taiwan. Before his inauguration, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said his government was considering waiving that requirement. But a Mainland Affairs Council official said: 'Basically, there is a need for reciprocal treatment in order for us to waive the entry-visa requirement for Hong Kong,' and this had not yet been discussed with the city. Taiwanese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Phoebe Yeh Fei-bi said Taiwan granted visa-free treatment to people of 31 countries, all of which offered the same treatment to Taiwanese visitors.