Thanks for the advice.
“Do not clear immigration”: Sorry, I’m rather inexperienced regarding aspects of international travel. Do you mean I’m staying in the airport and should have a ticket for a flight from HK to TP preferably asap? I like the idea and if it’s okay to do it inside one day I definitely would.
The “have a hobby” tip is great, I was originally thinking of “I’m writing a book” (sort of true, plus maybe considered a job) and prefer “martial arts!” (actually true, not a job)
Taiwan encouraging foreigners to stay? Hey, glad to hear. Plz relax the teaching/starting company requirements while you’re at it
@SuiGeneris: one year is not a long time, agree, however my real target is ad infinitum. Sadly, that depends on many, ahem, outside factors and circumstances, so to speak. So I just say “one year” for now, to be cautiously optimistic/not hexing things up.
@finley: Bought the return to London because I wasn’t 100% sure I’m staying here then, needed an outbound flight proof and it was cheap enough (400 quid). I don’t want to use it because: it’s far (jet lag), no family or reasons to go there, it’s expensive to stay even one night and so on.
I will look at maybe refunding it or changing destination (it was China Southern) but don’t hold my breath and already have written it off as a cost.
I’m very glad to hear it should be “easy” on the border so I will just dress like a normie, act in a polite-but-bored manner and hopefully it will go well. From a cursory glance around various websites flights to Manila or HK come cheapest, around 4000NTD. The Plan: to buy a single to HK (not sure why I prefer it to Phils) and then, for the same day/overnight a return from HK to TP with return date 2.95 months ahead so I can use it for another run.
Does this make sense?