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MOFA issues do's & don'ts guidelines for working holidays abroad

MOFA issues do's & don'ts guidelines for working holidays abroad

Taipei, June 23 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tuesday issued "do's and don'ts" guidelines for working holidays overseas, calling its citizens to take out an insurance policy first before they leave home.
The ministry made the announcement in the wake of the return the previous day of a Taiwanese survivor who was trapped in a crevice on Uluru -- also known as Ayers Rock -- in Australia's Northern Territory for 27 hours before being rescued.
The 27-year-old Yang Cheng-hsiao was admitted at Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital for treatment of multiple bone fractures to his face, chest, ribs, spine and limbs.
His family has managed to pay off NT$300,000 (US$9,760)-worth of medical treatment bills at Alice Springs Hospital in central Australia, but still faces around NT$2 million-worth of rescue and aerial transport charges in addition to the cost of follow-up medical treatment, which is unaffordable to them, his mother said.
Besides seeking medical and accident insurance coverage first, the ministry reminded would-be working holiday goers to register with the relevant authorities prior to their overseas trips, keep in touch with their families, pay attention to safety at work sites and obey the laws and regulations of the host countries.
The ministry listed seven things that holiday-workers should not do in foreign countries: working illegally, overstaying visas, engaging in dangerous activities, driving above set speed limits, driving under the influence of alcohol or when exhausted, and receiving unknown packages or postal parcels.
Going abroad on working holidays has increasingly become popular among young Taiwanese since Taiwan has signed holiday working programs with 13 countries. (By Tang Pei-chun and Bear Lee)


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