No changes in US custom policies for Taiwan travellers: AIT

08-Apr-2017 Intellasia | Taiwan News | 6:00 AM Print This Post

AIT has not received any official notice regarding US customs inspection of Taiwan traveler smartphones upon arrival

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) did not receive any official notices from the government regarding the examination of Taiwanese travellers’ smartphones upon arrival at US customs, said the organisation’s Public Diplomacy Section Chief Joseph Bookbinder in Taipei, Tuesday.

“We do not have any changes in travel plans to announce now in regulations, if there are any changes in the future, then of course AIT will share the news with our friends in Taiwan,” said Bookbinder. “But as of now there are no changes.”

A Wall Street Journal Report claimed the Trump administration is proposing that visitors from Taiwan and 37 other nations, including travellers from visa waiver countries hand over smartphones and Facebook passwords in the future as part of US President Trump’s efforts to step up border security measures.

The list of countries likely to be affected by “extreme vetting” include Japan, Germany, France and UK.

Critics say visitors can bypass the proposed regulation by deleting confidential information or buy a separate burner phone before travelling to the US

Another measure assessed by Trump Administration officials is using the smartphone inspections as an ideological test, to try and identify visitors’ opinions on women’s role in society, honor killings, and targets in military operations, according to the article by Laura Meckler.


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