Taiwan unveils new passport that screams its name

Before (left) and after (right) picture of Taiwan passport. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock and mofa.gov.tw)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The government (Executive Yuan) unveiled on Wednesday the newest version of the nation’s passport in a press conference, spelling “TAIWAN” in capital letters and moving the official name of the country, “The Republic of China,” into the emblem on the cover in some wee, tiny characters.

The change follows the Legislative Yuan’s proposal on July 22 to promote the name “Taiwan” on passports and change the name of the national carrier China Airlines.

New Taiwan passport cover unveiled. (Photo courtesy of mofa.gov.tw)

In addition to the enlargement of the word “TAIWAN” on the cover, the Chinese characters for “passport” have also been placed above to emphasize the international status of the country.

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The term “Republic of China” has also been placed around the national emblem, a white Sun with twelve rays, on the top-center of the cover.

According to the Executive Yuan spokesperson Ting Yi-ming, the change is the result of Taiwan’s excellent success during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was made in a bid to avoid confusion when Taiwanese citizens travel abroad.

The new passports are set to be available in January 2021.

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