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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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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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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Tropical Storm HAITANG

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) cautions U.S. citizens that Tropical Storm Haitang is currently in the waters southwest of Taiwan.  Taiwan’s  Central Weather Bureau  (CWB) expects it to make landfall in southern Taiwan in the late afternoon on Sunday, July 30 and to track northward up the island into the evening.  Expect extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, ...
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Tropical Storm NESAT

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) cautions U.S. citizens that Severe Tropical Storm NESAT is currently in the  western Pacific Ocean southeast of Taiwan.  Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) expects it to make landfall in Taiwan on Saturday, July 29, 2017.  The island is projected to feel the initial effects of the storm as early as Friday evening.  ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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