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2017-10-17 14:23
Taiwan to lift six-month passport validity rule for HK & Macau citizens

The Ministry of Interior passed the draft amendment to the Regulations governing immigration inspection and data collection and utilization on Aug. 31, which will lift the six-month validity of passport requirement for Hong Kong and Macau citizens to enter Taiwan to up to three months, and gradually allow more foreign nationals to enter or exit without having their passports stamped by border control officers. The decision will facilitate the speedy immigration clearance and make it easier for visitors to enter Taiwan. The Ministry noted that the original requirement for Hong Kong and Macau citizens to enter Taiwan was at least six months of passport validity. The key amendment this time is to lift the requirement from six months to up to three months to avoid those who apply for entry permit with at least six months of passport validity being refused entry due to passport expiry less than six months at the time of travel; while those with residence permit can enter with a valid passport like those who hold an alien resident certificate to make it easier for citizens from Hong Kong and Macau. To facilitate inspection procedure and the speedy immigration clearance, the National Immigration Agency will also gradually lift the requirement for stamping foreign nationals’ passports on either entry to or exit Taiwan in addition to the current speedy immigration clearance system. The amendment this time has also added a new article, which will allow those announced by the National Immigration Agency no longer have their passports, travel documents, or entry/exit permit stamped at the border to facilitate immigration clearance. In addition, to prevent foreign nationals with bad intent to entry and strengthen border security, rule governing passenger processing system is also added to allow the National Immigration Agency to inspect travelers’ on board certificate, invitation letter or itinerary. The draft amendment to the Regulations governing immigration inspection and data collection and utilization will proceed in accordance with the regulations and take effect soon, added the Ministry.


 
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