By: Yang Shu-min and William Yen
Taipei, Jan. 24 (CNA) Starting Friday, foreign nationals who fail to pay a fine of NT$200,000 (US$6,472) for attempting to bring pork products into the country from African swine fever (ASF) affected areas will be denied entry, a Council of Agriculture (COA) official said Thursday.
During a press conference organized by the government’s ASF disaster response center, COA deputy chief Huang Chin-Cheng (黃金城) said starting Friday if a foreign national is fined he or she must pay the fine in full or be denied entry to Taiwan.
The earlier measure only denied entry to foreign nationals returning to Taiwan without having paid a fine incurred on their previous trip.
To prevent African swine fever from reaching Taiwan, the government on Dec. 18, 2018 increased the fines for bringing in pork products from countries with ASF outbreaks, with first offenders liable to a fine of NT$200,000 and repeat offenders NT$1 million.