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Immigration agency helping quake victims replace lost documents

2018/02/08 15:32:58

Taipei, Feb. 8 (CNA) The National Immigration Agency (NIA) is assisting foreign nationals whose travel documents have been damaged or lost in Tuesday's magnitude 6 earthquake in Hualien and will reissue the relevant documents free of charge, an agency official said Thursday.

NIA Deputy Director-General Bill Chung (鐘景琨) told CNA that the agency has convened an emergency taskforce following the earthquake in response to the many foreign nationals who have reported having lost their IDs.

According to Chung, the NIA is in contact with the Mainland Affairs Council, the Straits Exchange Foundation, the Tourism Bureau, foreign representative offices and travel agencies to provide assistance to foreign nationals who have been caught in the earthquake.

The NIA has already helped fly family members of a deceased Chinese woman, 39-year old Yu Fei (余妃), to Taiwan via the "mini three links."

Chung noted that a special taskforce will take care of reissuing documents or issuing extensions for those who need to extend their stay in Taiwan for medical treatment, free of charge, in the wake of the earthquake.

Meanwhile, the NIA will also assist family members of victims to travel to Taiwan.

(By Huang Lee-yun and Kuan-lin Liu)
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