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Regulations Governing The Overnight Stay Of Transit Passengers

Article 1 The Regulations are enacted in accordance with paragraph 2 of Article 20 of the

          Immigration Act (hereinafter referred to as the “Act”) .

Article 2 Passengers of an aircraft, vessel or other means of transportation (hereinafter

          referred to as the “Transport”) who must stay overnight in the State due to 

          transit may apply through the pilot, captain, or transportation

          service provider(hereinafter, the “Provider”) to the National Immigration

          Agency (hereinafter,the“Agency”) under the following conditions:

          1. The passengers' Transport cannot continue on its itinerary due to a

             technical stop or other major incidents after anchorage.

          2. The passengers' Transport registered in the Republic of China that travels 

             on international routes cannot continue to transport the passengers due to

             an unscheduled return of its journey.

          3. Force majeure or unavoidable cause that necessitates an overnight stay.

          4. Diplomatic courtesy or humanitarian grounds that necessitates an overnight


          In cases when passengers other than the transit passengers set forth in

          subparagraph 6 of Article 3 of the Act, for some reason, cannot exit or enter

          the State and must stay overnight in the State, these Regulations shall apply.

Article 3 To apply for overnight stay on behalf of transit passengers, the Provider shall

          submit to the subordinate office of the Agency at the airport or port of 

          arrival a list that contains the passengers' names, dates of arrival and

          departure, and the planned departure information concerning Transport, along

          with the passengers'passports or travel documents.

Article 4 The Agency shall verify the passports or travel documents of passengers who

          have been granted overnight stay and give them to the Provider, who will

          return them upon the passengers' departure.

          The Provider shall provide ID cards to the passengers set forth in the

          preceding paragraph during their stay.

Article 5 Passengers granted overnight stay and suspected of having communicable diseases

          listed in Article 3 of the Law on the Control of Communicable Diseases shall be

          escorted by the Provider along with quarantine officials to medical care

          institutions or facilities designated by the central competent health authority

          for treatment or quarantine.

Article 6 The Provider shall dispatch employees to attend to the passengers granted

          overnight stay and arrange the earliest next day Transport possible for 

          passengers’ departure, unless there are legitimate reasons to apply for

          permission to postpone the scheduled departure with the Agency.

Article 7 Passengers granted overnight stay shall have their carry-on luggage inspected 

          by customs; the remaining luggage shall be kept in the Transport or at customs.

          Passengers carrying New Taiwan Dollar, Chinese Yuan, foreign currencies or 

          negotiable securities which exceeds the customs exempted amount shall report

          total value to customs and will be checked upon departure.

Article 8 Passengers granted overnight stay shall collectively lodge in the hotels

          designated by the Agency and shall not leave the lodging facilities without 


Article 9 Passengers granted overnight stay shall be escorted to the lodging facilities 

          by the employees of the Provider; if they need to meet with relatives and/or

          friends or receive goods, they shall be required to obtain permission from the

          Agency and complete a reception application.

Article10 The Provider shall inform the Agency and dispatch employees to escort

          passengers granted overnight stay back to the restricted areas of the airport

          or seaport for the rest of the night when the passengers:

          1. are, with sufficient evidence, suspected of having the intention to leave

             the lodging facilities without permission;

          2. have met with a relative and/or friend or received goods without prior

             approval; or

          3. have disturbed the peace and order of the lodging facilities.

          The Provider shall forthwith inform the Agency and provide necessary assistance

          if the passengers set forth in the preceding paragraph leave the lodging

          facilities without permission.

Article11 The Agency shall require passengers to spend the night at the restricted areas

          of the airport or seaport if they:

          1. meet the conditions set forth in paragraph 1 of Article 7 or paragraph 1 or

             2 of Article 18; or

          2. are banned from entering the States according to other laws and regulations.

          3. are suspected of illegal entry and such suspicion is backed by sufficient


Article12 The Agency shall require the passengers denied overnight stay to lodge at

          designated airport or seaport restricted area. The Provider shall dispatch

          employees to attend to these passengers and shall arrange the earliest next day

          Transport possible for their departure.

Article13 The Regulations will become effective after promulgation.

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