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Taiwanese deported by Macau for placing sticker on passport

2016/01/29 19:19:19

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Taipei, Jan. 29 (CNA) A Taiwanese national was recently denied entry in Macau for placing a "Republic of Taiwan" sticker on the cover of her passport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Friday.

The woman was eventually deported, although she sought help from Taiwanese officials based in Macau, according to the MOFA's Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Prior to this, four similar cases had occurred in Singapore, the bureau noted.

Since Jan. 1, over 180 Taiwanese nationals traveling abroad have been found to have placed "Republic of Taiwan" stickers on the cover of their passports, the bureau said.

The bureau said the Foreign Ministry and the National Immigration Agency are now using a soft approach to try to advise the public to respect related regulations.

The MOFA respects people's political orientations, but passports are an important identity document when traveling overseas and should not be used as a tool to highlight one's political objectives, the bureau said.

According to the revised Passport Statute Enforcement Regulations, which took effect on Jan. 1, authorities can revoke citizens' passports if they deface or alter them, including putting stickers on a Republic of China passport.

(By Tai Ya-chen and Y.F. Low)