Holders of ‘sticker passports’ barred by Singapore: MOFA

The China Post
Date: December 9, 2015
By Joseph Yeh

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Ministry of Foreign Affair (MOFA) on Tuesday advised nationals against

Chen Shang-yu (陳尚友), director of the Passport Administration Division under the Foreign Ministry's Bureau of Consular Affairs, speaks to reporters during a regular news briefing in Taipei on Tuesday, Dec. 9. (Joseph Yeh, The China Post )

Chen Shang-yu (陳尚友), director of the Passport Administration Division under the Foreign Ministry’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, speaks to reporters during a regular news briefing in Taipei on Tuesday, Dec. 9. (Joseph Yeh, The China Post )

putting “Republic of Taiwan” stickers on Republic of China passports or it could lead to visa denials by foreign countries, after three recent cases were reported in Singapore.

Chen Shang-yu (陳尚友), director of the Passport Administration Division under MOFA’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA), said at a news briefing that the bureau has recently received reports that three Taiwanese citizens holding R.O.C. passports with tailor-made “Republic of Taiwan” stickers on them have been denied entry by Singaporean customs officials.

All three cases occurred in November. In two of the three cases, the nationals in question had called on Taiwan’s representative office in Singapore for assistance.

The Taiwanese in question were still barred from entering the country even after they removed the stickers from their R.O.C. passport covers, Chen noted.

Speaking during the same press event, MOFA spokeswoman Eleanor Wang added that customs officials in other countries have the authority to prohibit anyone from entering a country without giving a specific reason.     [FULL  STORY]

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