Is "begpacking" legal? (not general discussion)

So far, they haven’t hurt me.

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Selling postcards? From where?
Selling hugs? Are there girls? Are the cute?
Selling hugs to Taiwanese seem like an uphill business.

According to this article, busking without a license is illegal, but apparantly the license is difficult to get.

I bet you can make good money if you are fluffly to the touch

The information from the government says the income doesn’t need to be reported. It’s the law that foreigners with an ARC can apply, but also that they can only work for the company sponsoring their ARC, with volunteer and free (or by donation) work also prohibited. So it seems like a conflict. You can get a performance permit, but it doesn’t sponsor your ARC, so you can’t do the work (performance).

If your gaofei income doesn’t exceed $180k/year, it’s tax free and non-reportable.

Some foreign volunteer work is legal, but I would say that doesn’t cover “begpackers”.

It says the work must be “supportive”, so unless your busking for charity I think that interpretation doesn’t apply.

From a blanket they spread out. Okay, okay! Here’s a photo where you can read what the postcards are of (mostly SE Asia):

Yes, there are girls. You make the call:

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Uh-oh…looks like Westerners aren’t the only ones. I like the way she’s added bopomofo for the 謝謝, as if that would make it any more intelligible. WTF?

Another person from an internationally isolated (some uncontrolled and some self-imposed) country with no international exposure or common sense.

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The ones I saw asking for money at Maji were 2 Japanese guys “circling the globe”.

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No you must be wrong…It’s all western English speaking white people…


Silly, off-topic, and waaayyy off-topic posts have been removed. Thanks for keeping it relevant and tasteful. :rainbow:

Isn’t that what she’s trying to remedy? :sweat_smile:


A tasteful discussion about people reduced to begging? That’s a bit of a challenge.


I don’t know, on the face of it, it seems charming.
As long as they’re not agressive.
Frankly, the Taiwanese youth are really in need of exposure to other cultures and to young people who are daring enough take a journey.
How any of us hear crickets in our cram school classes when we try to get our students excited about travel or different cultures.
Are there legal ways of recharging your funds when you’re here in Taiwan such as volunteering at a hostel.
Maybe the foreign representative offices of their own countries could hire as volunteers to promote tourism at certain activities.
maybe they could get paid a small stipend from their home country to avoid the appearance of working illegally.
I, myself, signed my soul over to work at a communal farm for 6 months and I met other travelers who earned cash by working on the farms in Italy and Greece.

One more question? I’ve known students who went overseas to work in the working Holiday Program but I haven’t seen many foreigners coming here to do it.
How many are here and what kind of work do they take? I’ve seen a few at various fairs and flea markets working for small food producers like honey producers and health drink producers but that’s about it.

So far I haven’t been able to find recent comprehensive statistics, and I haven’t found anything comprehensive about what kinds of work these visa holders do.

This seems to be a list of partner countries, with ROC government quotas as to each country, but that doesn’t seem to pertain to the question of how many actually come here from those countries:

Here are some jobs the government suggests might be available:

Here’s a little more along those lines:

Here are a couple of news articles from a few years back:

Couple of orts:

There’s been some discussion of it on the board: