Tourists who’re travelling to Taiwan, do take be aware to not convey any meat merchandise into the nation! In case you aren’t conscious, Taiwan has tightened their guidelines and rules concerning banned objects and these embrace snacks or meals containing meat comparable to hen, lamb, beef and pork.
Lately, a reader who wished to stay nameless shared with us his expertise of getting fined NT$30,000 (RM4,040) when he unintentionally introduced two items of onigiri containing hen into Taiwan. Tan (not his actual title) mentioned that he was travelling to Kaohsiung with three different associates on eighth Could, and earlier than boarding, they purchased two hen onigiri and two fish onigiri to be eaten on the aircraft.
Nevertheless, they completely forgot in regards to the snacks as soon as they had been safely onboard the aircraft and once they arrived on the airport, they proceeded to the ‘Nothing to Declare’ lane at customs. To their shock, Tan was stopped and his bag taken for inspection by the customs officers, who discovered the onigiri inside and instructed him that meat merchandise had been strictly forbidden to be introduced into the nation.
The customs officer mentioned that he must pay a tremendous of NT$30,000 (RM4,040) for violating the Statute for Prevention and Management of Infectious Animal Ailments, and Tan was instructed that he was fortunate it was not made from pork as it might carry a fair heavier tremendous, as much as NT$1 million (RM134,133). Thankfully, the 2 items of fish onigiri weren’t banned and after cautious negotiation with the officers, Tan and his associates settled the tremendous on the spot.
It’s understood that Taiwan has tightened the foundations and rules to forestall an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Illness and African Swine Fever. This ban contains recent vegetables and fruit as properly. The customs officer additionally mentioned that a number of warnings had been posted across the airport earlier than the customs lane in addition to bulletins made onboard the aircraft. Nevertheless, Tan mentioned that they forgot that that they had the onigiri, so that they didn’t realise till it was too late and their flight didn’t have the announcement. The leaflet they obtained upon passing immigration solely talked about pork merchandise.
Tan additionally instructed WORLD OF BUZZ that he realized a really precious (and costly) lesson and wish to warn different travellers to guarantee that they examine their luggage correctly earlier than going by means of customs. He’s additionally not the only one who has gotten fined earlier than as there have been others as properly.
Do pay attention to the foundations and rules whenever you’re travelling to different nations!