Visa-free entry for transit travelers from five countries
Taiwan will grant visa-free entry for qualified transit travelers from five Asian countries — India, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia — beginning on Jan. 20 as part of its effort to attract upscale tourists. A Tourism Bureau official said citizens of the five Asian countries who possess US green cards or Canadian maple cards have been allowed to enter the country without a visa since Dec. 1. At the suggestion of the Tourism Bureau, the official said, the Executive Yuan has agreed to simplify travel to Taiwan for more citizens from the five countries, granting them visa-free entry if they have visas or plane tickets to the US, Canada, Japan, any of the EU countries, Australia or New Zealand.
Community Services Center closed for the holidays
The Community Services Center closed yesterday for the holidays and will reopen on Jan. 5. The Center’s crisis counseling service can still be reached at 0932-594-578. The Center has released its Spring/Summer Activities catalog, which can be viewed online at www.community.com.tw. People interested in signing up for classes are advised to book early, as space is limited.
Democrats Abroad Taiwan announces meeting
Democrats Abroad Taiwan invites all US citizens over the age of 18 to join an organizational meeting for next year on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Famous Larry’s Pizza in Taipei. Participants must register at www.democratsabroad.org. At the meeting, board members will be elected and formal steps taken to update the country committee to a full committee. Candidates are needed for the director and supervisor positions, the organization said. The chair and the vice chair positions must be of the opposite gender under Democratic Party rules. Those who are interested in running for the positions must inform the committee beforehand to ensure there is enough time to prepare the ballots. For more information, contact the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toy drive organized for orphans
The Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with The Brass Monkey and the Taipei Baboons, are sponsoring a toy drive for the Harmony Home Association Taiwan, an orphanage for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Donors are welcomed to drop off toys or children’s clothing at 166 Fuxing N Rd in Taipei. For more information, call The Brass Monkey at 02-2547-5050 or check the Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.anzcham.org.tw.