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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 Safe and Be Informed [29 May 2019] 

In view of the upcoming school holidays, Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorism. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws and customs restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements.

Singaporeans travelling to and from Malaysia, in particular via the land checkpoints, are reminded to ensure that your passport is presented to a Malaysian immigration officer and stamped correctly before leaving the Malaysian immigration booth. Failure to do so is an immigration offence in Malaysia and the penalties can be severe, including detention, a fine, and a ban from future entry into the country.

In 2019, demonstrations have occurred in several major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and to heed advice of the local authorities. 

For those planning to travel, here are some tips:

Before travelling

  • Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
  • Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
  • eRegister with us on our website (https://www.mfa.gov.sgso that we may reach out to you during an emergency.

While travelling

  • Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
  • Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
  • Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters or terror attacks.
  • Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.

In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/8855.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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