The Ministry of the Interior, MOI (內政部) announced Sunday that new stamps will be used at border checks starting from Friday, Jan. 1.
Aside from the enhanced security function, the new stamps’ frame-breaking design also highlights Taiwan’s determination to break through the framework of diplomatic restrictions.
MOI said that in order to improve quality as well as prevent illegal forgery, the new stamps will replace the current ones which have been in use for eight years.
A total of four immigration stamps will be renewed including entry stamp and exit stamp at all airports and ports, 90-day visa-free stamp and 30-day visa-free stamp.
The new stamps will continue using the eight Chinese characters including “Republic of China” (中華民國), “entry” (入境) and “exit” (出境) written by Tung Yang-tzu (董陽孜), a famous calligrapher who won the Executive Yuan Cultural Award in 2012.
However, an additional dot is added on the lower right of the character “territory” (境), the new detail symbolizes the hopes of bringing more tourists to the country after the pandemic.
In addition, the totem of the Taiwan island, as well as the Chinese calligraphic characters, are not entirely covered within the frame of the stamp.
MOI pointed out that the visual adjustment was not only an aesthetically pleasing choice but most importantly represents Taiwan’s determination to “break through the framework of diplomatic restrictions”.
The government hopes to prove Taiwan’s value to the international community through practical actions, especially in these trying times of severe global pandemics.