Taiwan changes rules on passport validity for draft-eligible males

20-Feb-2019 Intellasia | Focus Taiwan | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Taiwan has decided to extend the passport validity for young males who have yet to perform their mandatory military service to 10 years from the existing five years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday.

At present, Republic of China passports issued to Taiwanese males aged 19 to 36 who have yet to serve or between 16 to 18 who are about to reach draft age are valid for five years only, in contrast to the standard 10-year validity for most R.O.C. passports.

The shorter validity periods were designed to prevent the passport holders from dodging their compulsory military service by travelling overseas.

The measure has been criticised by draft-eligible males and draftees-to-be, however, because of the inconvenience it causes.

In a statement, the MOFA said that following years of consultations with the defense and interior ministries on the issue, it amended the law governing the validity of passports on February 13 to scrap the five-year validity targeting those who have yet to serve in the military.

Starting April 15, all passport holders will receive the same 10-year-validity, except for draft-eligible males who are studying in a foreign country. Their passports will remain valid for only three years.



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