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Travelers urged to have valid passports ready before going abroad

Travelers urged to have valid passports ready before going abroad

Taipei, Feb. 24 (CNA) Taiwanese travelers are urged to have valid travel documents ready before going abroad, a consular affairs official said Tuesday, amid a rise in applications for passports at the airport just before departure. A Ministry of Foreign Affairs office at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the country's main gateway, issued 196 emergency passports over the Lunar New Year holiday that ended Feb. 23, said Roger Luo (???), deputy director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Bureau of Consular Affairs, at a news briefing. That was far more than the 97 and 19 passports issued at the airport during the 2014 and 2013 Lunar New Year holidays, respectively, according to statistics compiled by the office. Many of the cases this year involved travelers who did not realize that their passports were set to expire within six months' time, which meant they could not travel abroad without having the passports renewed, he said. As a result, Luo took the opportunity to remind Taiwanese travelers to make sure their passports were valid for more than six months before traveling abroad to avoid the need to apply for a new passport in an emergency. His remarks came ahead of another long weekend, when many people are expected to travel abroad. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-20 04:42 GMT+08:00