Chinese Taipei Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Free import by persons over 20 years of age of:
1. 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 1 pound of tobacco;
2. one bottle (not exceeding 1 liter) of alcoholic liquor;
3. a reasonable quantity of perfume;
4. Goods imported for non-commercial purposes up to a value of TWD 20,000.- (persons under 20 years TWD 10,000.-) if passenger is not frequently visiting Chinese Taipei.
Prohibited:
1. narcotics and gambling articles, toy pistols;
2. live animals, except cats and dogs;
3. animal products, except dried and processed marine products;
4. living plants, fresh plant products and fresh fruits;
5. e-cigarettes.
Special regulations apply for import of gold and silver.

Arms and Ammunition regulations::

Passengers can import firearms and ammunition if holding a permit issued by local control authorities (Airport Police Bureau) in Chinese Taipei. They must be transported as check-in luggage and be declared prior to departure.

Additional Information on regulations::

Declaration upon arrival required for import of all animals, plants or their products into Chinese Taipei.

Export regulations::

Free export of gold ornaments up to 62,5 grams, silver ornaments up to 625 grams. Prohibited: Gold and silver bullion or coins; undeveloped films; firearms, explosives and articles for military use.

Crew members customs regulations::

Tax free allowed up to 5 small packs of cigarettes for personal use. Alcohol not allowed.

Pets::

IMPORTED FROM RABIES FREE AREAS:
a. must be implanted with a microchip and be vaccinated against rabies at the age of at least 90 days old and the period between the day of vaccination and day of shipment must be no less than 30 days and not more that 1 year;
b. must have a veterinary certificate from the exporting country (in Chinese or English) to confirm the above requirements, together with information confirming the breed, sex, age and microchip number, that there are no clinical signs of rabies shown upon inspection, that the animal has been raised in the exporting country continuously for at least 6 months prior to shipment or since birth and that no cases of rabies has been reported in the exporting country for 2 years;
c. the importer must apply for import permit at least 30 days prior to shipment, together with copies of above mentioned certificate and passport or ID card;
d. on arrival at port of entry, the importer must submit import permit, original veterinary certificate, bill of lading or customs declaration with the animal to the animal quarantine authority.

Cats and dogs may only be imported via Taipei (TPE) or Kaohsiung (KHH) and when imported from rabies infected areas:
a. must be implanted with a microchip and be vaccinated against rabies in the case of:
-primary vaccination: at the age of at least 90 days old and the period between the day of vaccination and the day of shipment must be no less than 180 days and not more that 1 year; or
-booster vaccination: the animal must be vaccinated max. 1 year prior to shipment;
b. must have a blood test carried out by laboratories approved by the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) at least 180 days and no more that 2 years prior to shipment, with test for rabies antibody showing at least 0.5U/ml;
c. must have a veterinary certificate from the exporting country (in Chinese or English) to confirm the above requirements, together with information confirming the breed, sex, age and microchip number and that there are no clinical signs of rabies shown upon inspection;
d. the importer must apply for import permit and reserve quarantine space at least 30 days prior to shipment, together with copies of above mentioned reports, certificate and passport or ID card;
e. on arrival at port of entry, the importer must submit import permit, original veterinary certificate, bill of lading or customs declaration with the animal to the animal quarantine authority. Quarantine period is 21 days;

EXPORTED FROM CHINESE TAIPEI to rabies free countries:
For less than 6 months and to be re-imported, the importer is required to provide additional information including confirmation that the animal has not been to a third country since it arrived, export veterinary certificate issued by the BAPHIQ and in the case of a dog, pet registration ID;
IN TRANSIT: the owner of the animal must apply for a transit permit at least 1 week prior to shipment and apply for quarantine space for the period of transit.
Warning: dogs or cats without original veterinary certificates will be re-exported or destroyed, or any irregularities found in original veterinary certificate will result in the animal being re-exported, destroyed or detained in quarantine for 180 days (when arriving from rabies infected countries), or 21 days (when arriving from rabies free countries).
Additional information:
1. Detailed information can be found on http://www.baphiq.gov.tw .
2. The Chinese Taipei authorities consider Australia, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom being rabies free.
3. Dogs and cats from Australia must proceed from farms where, for the past six months, has not been contaminated by Hendra Virus and have been put into quarantine in places designated by the Australian government for 28 days, been tested for two times with negative responses, and without any symptoms of Hendra Virus.
4. Dogs or cats from Malaysia or Singapore require an "Approval Document of Importation" and vaccinations certificate issued by the BAPHIQ, Council of Agriculture.
5. Dogs and cats from Thailand are subject to pre-export quarantine in approved quarantine premises for at least 21 days prior to shipment. The original veterinary certificate (in English) must confirm that there is no clinical evidence of any communicable disease and the animals have been subject to avian flu tests.
Prohibited:
1. pregnant dogs or cats when the pregnancy is 4 weeks or more at time of shipment;
2. dogs or cats from Bangladesh, China (People's Rep.)(not incl. Hong Kong or Macao);
3. dogs and cats are not allowed to transfer in above mentioned countries.

Baggage Clearance regulations::

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Chinese Taipei.
Exempt: baggage of transit passengers, which is cleared at the airport of final destination in or outside Chinese Taipei, if:
a) the onward flight is on the same calendar day; or
b) arriving and departing on China Airlines (CI) flight within 24 hours.



Airport Embarkation Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.



Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Allowed
Local currency (New Taiwan Dollar-TWD): up to TWD 60,000.-;
Chinese currency: up to CNY 20,000.-;
Foreign currency: up to USD 10,000.-, or its equivalent;
Bearer traveler’s checks, other types of checks, promissory notes, drafts, or other forms of negotiable instruments up to the value of USD 10,000.-.
Higher amounts must be declared on arrival.

Currency Export regulations:

Allowed
Local currency (New Taiwan Dollar-TWD): up to TWD 60,000.-;
Chinese currency: up to CNY 20,000.-;
Foreign currency: up to USD 10,000.-, or its equivalent;
Bearer traveler's checks, other types of checks, promissory notes, drafts, or other forms of negotiable instruments up to the value of USD 10,000.-.




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