MOFA asks that int’l trav­el­ers be pre­pared

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

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 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.

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