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Applying for passports easier from May: MOFA

Applying for passports easier from May: MOFA

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Applying for passports will be easier for Taiwanese nationals from next May 3, as they will be able to do so at 29 appointed depots around the country in the initial stages of a new initiative, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Thursday.
Lo Yu-chung, director-general of the MOFA's Consular Affairs Bureau, told a year-end news conference that from that date, residents outside Taipei City can apply for new passports at the 29 household registration offices of the local city and county governments, as well as at MOFA offices in Taichung, Kaohsiung and Hualien.
According to Lo, 369 house registration offices will later be permitted to accept passport applications after a proposed law revision clears the Legislative Yuan.
Commenting on the electronic passports that the MOFA has been promoting for the last year, he said close to 980,000 of this type of passport have been issued, accounting for 10 percent of the total in circulation.
Lo urged the public to apply for an ePassport, as it is safer and more effective in preventing crime, and helps upgrade Taiwan's international image.
Taiwan was the 60th country in the world to adopt electronic passports, which contain a contactless chip and antenna embedded in its back cover, with the bearer's biographical data and facial image stored on the chip.
(By Garfie Lee and Flor Wang)




Updated : 2020-12-02 20:53 GMT+08:00