I’m looking for help to figure out a tricky situation for my wife and I. I came to work and we entered a few weeks before the border locked down, and while I’m bonafide and certified up to my ARC, the wonderful Mrs. noWhiner entered visa free. At that time, this seemed OK - in our blissful ignorance of The Wuhan. Now the 180 day max is coming up for her and here’s our mess.
We called TECO last Friday because we were led to believe she needed to return to her home country and see TECO. The TECO lady said that beginning on the 29th of June, they (TECO) would no longer issue the special entry permit. She said go to immigration, and that she believed we could probably get the visa here in Taiwan. There is no more visa free, I believe, and now you need a visa to enter Taiwan.
We went to Immigration today, and 2 Immigration officers are probably still arguing about which way is right: 1 says just go to BOCA and get a visa. The other says she has to return to her native country and present all the official documents justifying her need for a visa to the TECO there. They both said just get a visa for at least 60 days and they’d make the ARC.
So, after the immigration visit today, we called TECO again and told her what Immigration said to us - both versions as stated above. She said she believed the first guy was right; that she was gaining confidence that we could get the visa here. Leaving the country, going to the hospital on arrival, self quarantining, go far to TECO, wait for the visa, take another covid test then fly back and …yadayadayada. An expensive trip -and- arguably risky exposure during the trip is Not option a.
I called BOCA today. about elevnty seven times. Never made it to a person who would talk about visa’s. We’ll go to BOCA soon, but if there’s any info we’re missing or I’ve confused, please share!