Emergency passports available to all: MOFA
By Ted Chen, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- In an attempt to quell public fallout from the alleged preferential offering of an expedited emergency passport service for a grandson of Vice President Wu Den-yih, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday said the service is available for the general public.
August 27, 2013, 12:46 am TWN
In the event that travelers find themselves denied boarding for flights upon departure, they may request assistance at the Bureau of Consular Affair's Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport branch, said MOFA. However, service eligibility requires a valid flight ticket departing within 12 hours. In addition, depending on volume of concurrent requests, emergency passport service may not be rendered in time for travelers to catch their flights.
In response to media reports claiming that MOFA had removed the Taoyuan airport from a list of emergency passport service outlets on its website following the public outcry against alleged preferential treatment for the Vice President's relations, the ministry stated that the move was designed to avoid confusion, as the office is situated at a restricted area in the airport, inaccessible to the general public. Instead, MOFA had moved its listing of the airport consular office into an alternative category on its website.
MOFA urged the public to be mindful of their passports before departing abroad, and make sure that documents have more than six months until expiration, as required by many airlines and customs offices.