Taipei, Immigration officers will begin using new stamps at border checks on passports of people leaving and entering Taiwan from Jan. 1, the Ministry of the Interior said in a statement on Saturday.
The replacement of the current stamps, which have been in use for eight years, is meant to avoid counterfeiting and to highlight Taiwan’s image with a new design, according to the ministry.
The main changes in the new design include the removal of a plum blossom and the addition of the image of Taiwan Island, in which the letters TWN are printed to form the Central Mountain Range, the ministry said.
While the Chinese characters remain the same style written by modern calligrapher Tung Yang-tzu (董陽孜), the ministry said the image of Taiwan and the character “境” (meaning “border” in Chinese) will cover part of the stamps’ frame in the new design.
The frame-breaking new design symbolizes Taiwan’s efforts in making diplomatic breakthroughs, according to the ministry, while on the entry stamp, an extra dot is added in the character “境” to show the government’s hope for “a few” more visitors once the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
Taiwan has imposed strict border control measures since March, when only Taiwanese nationals, foreign nationals who have acquired residency, diplomats and those with an entry permit are allowed entry.
As of Saturday, the total number of COVID-19 cases recorded in Taiwan stood at 783, of which total, 647 have recovered, 129 are hospitalized, while seven have died, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel