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Foreign ministry calls attention to forged Taiwanese passports

Foreign ministry calls attention to forged Taiwanese passports

Taipei, June 14 (CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs drew attention Thursday to recent cases of foreign nationals attempting to enter Europe on forged Taiwanese passports. Most of the cases involved authentic Taiwanese biometric passports that had either the photograph or the chip containing personal information replaced, said James Lee, director-general of the ministry's Department of European Affairs. On various occasions, Lee added, Taiwan's de-facto embassies in Europe were even asked to verify passports and their bearers. "The value of Taiwanese passports has risen sharply following the Taiwan government's signing of visa waiver agreements with other countries," he said. A Taiwanese passport is estimated to be worth around US$10,000 on the black market, he added. Around 10 forged Taiwanese passports are reported each year, according to statistics from the ministry's Bureau of Consular Affairs. In related news, the director-general said that a possible decision by the European Union to tighten border controls in light of migration problems will not affect Taiwanese people's privilege to travel to the region visa free. "Taiwanese passport holders can still enter European countries visa free because the agreement does not collide with the EU's proposal to adopt stricter border control measures," Lee said. Taiwan currently has visa free and landing visa travel agreements with 127 countries or regions around the world. (By Nancy Liu)


Updated : 2021-06-14 04:30 GMT+08:00