Taiwan official says nationals not barred from entering Russia

An Airbus A321 VQ-BOC Ural airlines stands at Domodedovo international airport, Moscow region, Russia on Dec. 18, 2013.

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — Taiwan’s Representative Office told The China Post on Friday that Russia has not barred Taiwanese from entering the country at this time, while a notice published on the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s bulletin on travel restrictions said otherwise.

Taiwan’s Representative Office for the Taipei-Moscow Economic and Cultural Coordination Commission (TMECCC) said in a message that it has requested the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA, 外交部) to ask IATA to correct the notice.

“But before it is amended, airlines might ban Taiwanese nationals from boarding flights to Russia,” the message reads.

Nationals should check with the airlines prior to departure, should they plan to visit Russia in the meantime.

The note published on IATA’s website on Thursday (Feb. 20) reads that passengers with a “Hong Kong, Macao or Chinese Taipei’s (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport are not allowed to enter Russian Fed.”

In a first among western countries, Russia announced a ban on all Chinese citizens from entering earlier this week, effective today.

The China Post has reached out to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA, 外交部) and the Representative Office of the MTC in Taipei for comments.

More details will be updated as they become available.