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Taiwan

Overview

There are currently no major incidents to highlight. We advise Singaporeans travelling or living in Taiwan to take the necessary precautions and exercise personal responsibility at all times.

Singaporeans can visit Taiwan without a visa for up to 30 days (no extensions permitted).  Your passport must have a remaining validity period of at least six months.

If you plan to stay in Taiwan for more than 30 days, please apply for a visa at the Taipei Representative Office in Singapore prior to your trip to Taiwan.

As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the Taipei Representative Office in Singapore for up-to-date information.

Travellers entering or leaving Taiwan are required to declare the following items at customs:

  1. Cash in New Taiwan dollars of more than NT$100,000
  2. Chinese yuan (renminbi) of more than RMB$20,000
  3. Foreign currencies valued at more than US$10,000
  4. Negotiable securities with face value at more than US$10,000
  5. Gold valued at more than US$20,000
  6. Diamonds, precious stones and platinum not intended for personal use and valued at more than NT$500,000 in total

Non-declaration or false declaration of any of these controlled items will result in confiscation of the item or a fine equivalent to the undeclared amount. The same rules apply to these items delivered as general cargo, express consignments or postal parcels.

The crime rate in Taiwan is low.  Nonetheless, petty crime and scams involving foreigners do occur.  Avoid confrontation and contact the police if necessary.  To drive in Taiwan you need an international driving permit.  Travellers are advised to familiarise themselves with local traffic rules and road conditions. Public demonstrations in Taiwan are generally peaceful.  Travellers should nonetheless avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place,  

If you are arrested or detained, you may request that the police notify the Singapore Trade Office in Taipei.  Foreigners accused of crimes are not permitted to leave Taiwan while legal proceedings are ongoing.  Legal proceedings can be lengthy.

Taiwan experiences earthquakes and typhoons.  Alerts and forecasts are issued by the Central Weather Bureau, and are available in English and Chinese. 

Overseas Travel - Be Informed & Be Safe [18 November 2017]

In 2017, there have been various attacks on civilian targets which affected areas popular with tourists and locals. Widely-reported incidents in recent months include the attacks in Lower Manhattan in New York (31 October 2017), at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (1 October 2017), at Las Ramblas street in Barcelona (17 August 2017), at the London Bridge and Borough Market in London (3 June 2017), and at the Drottninggatan street in Stockholm (7 April 2017).

As a precaution during this holiday travel season, we advise Singaporeans of the following:

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
  • Take a few minutes to eRegister with MFA.
  • Always take care of your personal safety, and remain vigilant and alert to local security developments.
  • Obey the laws and respect the local customs of the countries you are visiting.
  • Keep your passport and identity card separate to minimise the risk of you losing both your ID documents.
  • Never carry too much cash and valuables. Never leave your valuables unattended.
  • Make sure you know the local rules of the road. Ensure that you, your passengers and the vehicle are covered by insurance.
  • Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
  • Monitor the local news and heed the instructions of the local authorities in an emergency.
  • Stay in touch with your family and friends in Singapore so that they know you are safe.  Inform them of your whereabouts and activities.

In the event that you require consular assistance, please call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours) at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855, or get in touch with the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission.

 

Overseas Travel - Respect and Abide by Local Laws and Regulations [19 October 2016]

Recently, a number of Singaporeans have been arrested overseas for breaking the laws of the countries they were visiting.

Foreigners visiting or residing in Singapore have to abide by our laws. Likewise, Singaporeans abroad also have to adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting or residing in. Violation of foreign laws could lead to immediate arrest and detention. In some countries, the judicial process could take months. Singaporeans convicted of offences overseas could face heavy fines and/or long prison sentences. For drug-related offences, offenders could face a long prison sentence or even capital punishment.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) will render appropriate consular assistance to Singaporeans who are arrested and detained overseas. However, MFA cannot intervene in the legitimate law enforcement and judicial workings of another country. Therefore, Singaporeans should exercise due care and personal responsibility when travelling overseas, including respecting and abiding by local laws and regulations.

In the event that Singaporeans overseas require emergency consular assistance, please call the MFA Duty Office (24-hours) at
+65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855, email us at mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg, or get in touch with the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission.

 

Advisory: Email Scams [Updated: 12 May 2016]

There has been an increasing number of reports in recent years of individuals receiving scam emails purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas.  These emails typically originate from an email address known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance.  The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.

MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously.  Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance.  If you receive such emails from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails before responding to their request.  It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc.  Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails.  Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately.  Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest 
Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

Disclaimer

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