Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections – Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballot

Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away!  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 6th. U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2018 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials.  
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Worldwide Caution

This latest update to the Department of State’s Worldwide Caution provides U.S. citizens with general information regarding terrorist activities, political violence, and criminal activity that transpire abroad, as well as specific recommendations on how to prepare for possible contingencies, receive information on breaking security events, and ensure that travelers can be contacted in an emergency. ...
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Caution Regarding Controlled Substances in Taiwan

The American Institute in Taiwan has seen an increase in arrests related to marijuana over the last several months.  AIT reminds U.S. citizens in Taiwan that penalties for possession, use, selling or trafficking (including mailing) of illegal drugs in Taiwan are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.  Taiwan also has ...
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Passport Fee Increase

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.  The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. Customers applying with the DS-11 ...
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Earthquake in Hualien

On February 6, 11:50pm, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake – centered 18 kilometers northeast of Hualien, off the eastern coast – struck Taiwan.  Local authorities report two dead and over 200 injured in the Hualian area.  Four buildings have collapsed, two bridges – Qixing Tan and Hualian Bridge – are currently closed.  Su-Hua Highway was temporarily closed but ...
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Typhoon TALIM

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Talim is currently in the western Pacific Ocean east of Taiwan.  Although Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) does not expect Typhoon Talim to make direct landfall in Taiwan, the northern part of the island will likely begin to feel the effects of the storm from Wednesday night, September 13 until ...
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Join Director Moy in Kaohsiung September 15th for a U.S. Citizen Town Hall and Consular Services

AIT Director Kin Moy cordially invites you to a U.S. citizen town hall in Kaohsiung on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. This is the third in a series of town halls that Director Moy will host around the island this year; check out this video for more information. Representatives from AIT’s ...
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Typhoon HATO

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon HATO is currently in the western Pacific Ocean southeast of Taiwan.  Although Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) does not expect Typhoon HATO to make direct landfall in Taiwan, the southern half of the island will likely begin to feel the effects of the storm in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August ...
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Taiwan 2017 – Visitor Information World University Games (Universiade), August 19-30, 2017

The Department of State provides U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Taiwan the following information related to the 2017 World University Games (Universiade) taking place in Taipei and the surrounding areas in August.
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Join Director Moy in Taichung April 13th for a U.S. Citizen Town Hall and Consular Services

AIT Director Kin Moy cordially invites you to a U.S. citizen town hall in Taichung on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 1:30-2:30pm. This is the second in a series of town halls that Director Moy will host around the island this year. Representatives from AIT’s consular section will also be on hand before and after ...
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Caution Regarding Marijuana and Controlled Substances in Taiwan

We would like to remind all U.S. citizens in Taiwan of the guidance contained in the Department of State’s travel.state.gov website on Taiwan’s local laws, particularly as these laws relate to controlled substances. Over the last several months, the American Institute in Taiwan has seen an increase in arrests related to possession of marijuana. The ...
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AIT Consular Officer to Visit Taichung October 14, 2016 for American Citizen Consular Services & Voting Assistance

Note: Payment for Services by Local Bank Draft In USD Only, No Cash Payment will be accepted Representatives of the Consular Section of the American Institute in Taiwan will be in Taichung on Friday, October 14, 2016, to provide consular services and voting assistance.  U.S. citizens applying for U.S. passports and requiring the services of a ...
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AIT Closure Message – September 27 and 28, 2016

Due to Typhoon Megi, the AIT Taipei offices will be closed on Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28, 2016.  All U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Taiwan are urged to monitor local news for the latest safety and weather information.  U.S. citizens needing emergency American Citizen Services should call AIT Taipei at 02-2162-2000. For medical ...
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Typhoon Megi – September 26, 2016

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) cautions U.S. citizens that Category 2 Typhoon Megi is currently in the western Pacific Ocean southeast of Taiwan.   Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau  (CWB) projects this storm will make landfall in northeast Taiwan late afternoon on Tuesday, September 27.  Expect extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to occur.  All U.S. citizens living in ...
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Typhoon Meranti – September 13,2016

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) cautions U.S. citizens that Category 5 Typhoon Meranti is currently in the western Pacific Ocean southeast of Taiwan.  Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) projects this storm will make landfall along the southern tip of Taiwan on Wednesday morning.   Expect extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to occur. All ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Nepartak

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) cautions U.S. citizens that Category 4 Typhoon Napartak is currently in the western Pacific Ocean southeast of Taiwan.  Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) projects this storm will make landfall in northeast Taiwan late afternoon on Thursday.   Expect extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to occur. All U.S. citizens living ...
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Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections!

In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2016.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA eachyear to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter. You can always ...
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AIT Consular Officer to Visit Hsinchu May 20, 2016 for American Citizen Consular Services

(Note: Payment for Services by Local Bank Draft In USD Only, No Cash Payment will be accepted) Representatives of the Consular Section of the American Institute in Taiwan will be in Hsinchu on Friday, May 20, 2016, to provide consular services.  American citizens applying for U.S. passports and requiring the services of a notary public ...
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Routine Air Defense Exercise in Northern Taiwan on April 18, 2016

The Taipei City government has announced that an air defense exercise (Wan An No. 39) will be held from 1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m., on Monday, April 18, 2016.  The exercise is scheduled for 30 minutes and will take place in northern Taiwan.  During the 30 minute exercise, the trains will be operating as usual.  However, passengers ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Alert – Europe

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.  Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation. This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016. U.S. ...
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AIT Consular Officer to Visit Taichung March 18, 2016 for American Citizen Consular Services

(Note: Payment for Services by Local Bank Draft In USD Only, No Cash Payment will be accepted) Representatives of the Consular Section of the American Institute in Taiwan will be in Taichung on Friday, March 18, 2016, to provide consular services.  American citizens applying for U.S. passports and requiring the services of a notary public ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake in Southern Taiwan

On February 6 at around 4:00am, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake and series of aftershocks – centered in the Tainan and Kaohsiung areas – struck Taiwan. In Tainan, some buildings have collapsed, closing adjoining streets and causing local flooding. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens in Taiwan to reach out to family and friends directly to assure ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Travel Alert

The State Department has issued a worldwide alert to U.S. citizens to the possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional ...
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AIT Consular Officer to Visit Yilan – November 18, 2015

AIT Consular Officer to Visit Yilan November 18, 2015 for American Citizen Consular Services (Note: Payment for Services by Local Bank Draft In USD Only, No Cash Payment will be accepted) Representatives of the Consular Section of the American Institute in Taiwan will be in Yilan on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, to provide consular services.  ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure of AIT-Taipei

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) informs U.S. citizens that, due to Typhoon Dujuan, AIT Taipei’s Consular Section will be closed on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Please continue to monitor the American Institute in Taiwan’s website for updated information about AIT operations. We urge U.S. citizens to monitor the typhoon’s track by listening to the ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens – August 5, 2015: Typhoon Soudelor

This Emergency Message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Taiwan about Typhoon Soudelor, currently in the western Pacific Ocean southeast of Taiwan.  Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) projects this storm will make landfall in Taiwan late Friday night.  Taiwan is projected to begin feeling the effects of the storm late ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure of AIT-Taipei

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) informs U.S. citizens that, due to Typhoon Chan-Hom, AIT Taipei will be closed on Friday, July 10, 2015 and will re-open on Monday, July 13, 2015. Please continue to monitor the American Institute in Taiwan’s website for updated information, including announcements of AIT closure. We urge U.S. citizens to monitor ...
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AIT Consular Officer to Visit Hsinchu March 20, 2015 for American Citizen Consular Services

Services by Local Bank Draft In USD Only, No Cash Payment will be accepted) Representatives of the Consular Section of the American Institute in Taiwan will be in Hsinchu on Friday, March 20, 2015, to provide consular services.  American citizens applying for U.S. passports and requiring the services of a notary public for U.S. purposes ...
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Demonstrations in Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung and Taitung on Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Anti-Nuclear Power Alliance and other civil organizations will jointly hold mass rallies in Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung and Taitung in the afternoon of Saturday, March 14, 2015. The police anticipate that more than 10,000 protesters will show up to the Taipei rally. In Taipei, at 14:00, protesters will assemble at Katagalan Avenue. Then, set off ...
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Update on H5N2, H5N3 and H5N8

Update regarding concerns of H5N2, H5N3 and H5N8 infections in local poultry farms: Currently, no bird-to-human transmission of avian influenza has occurred Taiwan’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to closely monitor the outbreak situation Follow preventive measures such as avoiding visiting live poultry markets and live bird markets, avoiding direct contact with poultry and ...
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