1989 / 3月
All Unreturned Renminbi to Be Confiscated
The Inspectorate General of Customs in the Ministry of Finance has indicated that Communist Chinese currency (renminbi) illegally carried into the country by travelers will be confiscated on their exit from the country regardless of whether or not it has been reported to customs.
Customs calls on travelers to the mainland to be sure not to carry renminbi into or out of the country to avoid it being confiscated.
Currently effective regulations regarding renminbi are as follows:
1) For ROC citizens returning to Taiwan after visiting relatives on the mainland, all renminbi that is not reported and approved for shipping back to the mainland will be confiscated.
2) As for exits, all renminbi will be confiscated, regardless of whether it is reported.
Customs further explained that renminbi is considered a prohibited good that is not permitted to circulate rather than a "foreign currency" falling within the scope of its foreign currency regulations.
Limit on Gift Mushrooms Received from Overseas by Mail
The Inspectorate General of Customs has established a limit of 1 kilo per person per month on gifts of mushrooms mailed into the country from friends or relatives overseas.
Customs says that it has recently received numerous inquiries and applications regarding the import of mushrooms by mail. In order to protect the interests of the nation's mushroom farmers without inhibiting traditional customs, the Council of Agriculture has agreed in principle to follow the regulations regarding goods brought in the country by visitors to the mainland in limiting the amount to 1 kilo per person, which may be received once per month.
Multiple Exit Visas for Professors and Journalists
The Bureau of Entry and Exit in the Ministry of the Interior recently indicated that newspaper journalists and professors and assistant professors at public and private colleges and universities may now apply for three-year multiple exit visas.
The bureau indicated that along with expanding development and the government's steady liberalization policies in recent years, the opportunities for professors, assistant professors, and journalists to attend conferences or cover stories overseas have increased accordingly. In order to save them time in carrying out exit procedures, the bureau has approved granting those individuals multiple exit visas effective for a three-year period and, having obtained concurrence from the Ministry of Education and the Government Information Office, has already begun implemenation.
Applicants should go to the bureau's service center to apply. The visa will be granted to all qualified applicants that the bureau determines indeed have a need to frequently exit the country. Holders of the visa may apply to the bureau for further exits so long as they possess a valid exit document from the Ministry of Education or the Government Information Office and provide an NT$500 fee.