MOFA gives tip to travelers heading to Russia
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Travelers must take care that all information on their Russian government-issued invitation letters is correct or their visa applications could be rejected, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.
August 21, 2013, 12:10 am TWN
Lee Rem-loong (李仁隆), deputy head of MOFA's Department of West Asian and African Affairs, said that all travelers to Russia must first receive an official letter of invitation.
The document is issued by the Russian Federation Migration Service branch. After receiving the letter, an applicant can use it to apply for a visa at a Russian consulate or embassy.
Lee said that the ministry has recently received multiple complaints from Taiwanese nationals who were unable to apply for a visa at Russia's representative office in Taipei because of a mistake made by that country's migration authorities.
On the invitation letters, the migration service listed the wrong Russian office location from where the applicant must collect his or her visa, Lee said.
Instead of Taipei, authorities put the names of some Chinese cities on the documents, Lee said, meaning the Taiwanese nationals were unable to collect their travel visas in Taipei.
Lee said according to the ministry's understanding, the mistakes were not made because of pressure from Beijing but because of some Russian migration officials' lack of knowledge about the differences between Taiwan and China.