When passing through customs, there are two lines: "Nothing to Declare" and "Goods to Declare". Those that go through the "Nothing to Declare" line can still be selected to pass their bags through X-Ray and/or have the bags physically searched.
Note that drug offences are treated very seriously in Taiwan. Smuggling, trafficking, possession or use of illegal drugs may lead to a severe sentence.Narcotics, arms, ammunition, gambling articles, non-canned meat products, fresh fruit and toy pistols are also prohibited. Publications promoting communism are prohibited, as are items originating in Albania, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China (PR), Cuba, Korea (Dem Rep), Laos, Romania, Vietnam and members of the CIS.
If you are bringing pets with you, documentation is required and you will need to plan in advance. Taiwan is a rabies-free country which means the import of animals is tightly controlled. A strict dog/cat importation quarantine is enforced. Animals should be vaccinated prior to being imported.
This information is needed to receive a import permit document. This permit, along with the proof of vaccination, should be submitted upon entering the country and the animal entering quarantine. Quarantine usually lasts 21 days and the animal may be sampled and tested again for rabies antibody. If the rabies antibody is under 0.5 IU/ml, the dog or cat shall be re-vaccinate with inactivate rabies vaccine.
It is strongly advised that pets arrive in Taiwan on a weekday morning as pet customs is only open during business hours. If your pet arrives in the evening or on the weekend, you will have to wait until 9:00 AM the next business day to clear customs. If your pet is held at the airport, only you, the owner, will have access to the pet, and you will be responsible for providing food and water.
For more on official regulations, go to NTU Quarantine website.
Consult Taipei's customs page for more information or consult these nation specific resources.
U.S. Citizens: The free pamphlet "Know Before You Go" at www.cbp.gov is very helpful. (Click on "Travel" and then click on "Know Before You Go! Online Brochure").
You can also contact:
U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)
1300 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20229
Canadian Citizens: "I Declare", issued by the Canada Border Services Agency (tel. 800/461-9999 in Canada, or 204/983-3500 ) is helpful.
U.K. Citizens: HM Customs & Excise at tel. 0845/010-9000 (from outside the U.K., 020/8929-0152) can help.
Australian Citizens: A helpful brochure is available from Australian consulates or Customs offices called "Know Before You Go". Call the Australian Customs Service at tel. 1300/363-263, or log on to www.customs.gov.au.
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