MOFA asks that int’l travelers be prepared
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has called on Taiwanese nationals who are planning to visit Europe this coming summer to be well-prepared with all the required documents before embarking.
Yi Chih-chen ( ), deputy director-general of MOFA’s Department of European Affairs, said Taiwan has been included in the EU’s visa-waiver program since 2011.
However, he reminded Taiwanese nationals that being granted the privilege doesn’t mean EU nations will allow all Taiwanese to enter their countries unconditionally.
Local residents who are planning to visit Europe should make sure their passports are valid with at least three months before expiration.
One should also travel with relevant papers and documents, such as ID cards, insurance policy information, hotel registration records, financial statements and airplane tickets as well, to prevent being rejected by customs officials, he said.
also reminded visitors to EU countries to be constantly on guard, especially when taking trains or visiting train stations, and to watch their belongings at all times. Pickpockets and thieves targeting tourists are quite common in Europe.
Many such incidents have been reported by Taiwanese travelers in popular travel destinations in Europe.
But there have been increasing reports of pickpockets and thieves in Northern European countries in recent years, he noted.
The MOFA official’s warning came weeks before the upcoming summer vacation, which is a peak season for Taiwanese to visit overseas.
For more information, one is advised to visit MOFA’s Bureau of Consular Affairs ( BOCA) website at http://www.boca.gov.tw/ mp?mp=1, Yi said.
In case of emergency during their foreign excursions, Taiwanese nationals can request assistance from Taiwan’s representative offices in their travel destinations or ask their family in Taiwan to call a toll- free 24/7 hotline at 0800-085-095 to reach MOFA’s headquarters in Taipei.