Agencies assisting Taiwan nationals in Turkey

  • Date: 2016-07-16
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

Following  yesterday’s  attempted  military  coup  in  Turkey  that  led  to  dozens  of  fatalities,  the  government  is  offering  necessary  assistance  to  ensure  the  safety  of  Taiwanese  nationals  living  or  traveling  in  that  country,  Executive  Yuan  Spokesperson  Tung  Chen-yuan  said  today.

On  receiving  word  of  the  political  turmoil  in  Turkey,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  immediately  ordered  the  Ministry  of  Foreign  Affairs  (MOFA),  the  Ministry  of  Transportation  and  Communications  (MOTC),  the  Ministry  of  Education  (MOE),  the  Ministry  of  Economic  Affairs  (MOEA)  and  the  Overseas  Community  Affairs  Council  to  find  out  if  any  Taiwanese  nationals  had  been  affected,  Tung  said.  The  agencies  reported  back  that  all  Taiwanese  in  Turkey  were  safe,  and  Premier  Lin  instructed  the  agencies  to  provide  them  with  appropriate  assistance  as  soon  as  possible.

According  to  the  MOFA,  Taiwan’s  representative  office  in  Turkey  has  issued  safety  advisories  to  Taiwanese  nationals  living  in  the  Eurasian  country,  and  it  requested  EVA  Airways  to  be  mindful  of  the  safety  of  flights  and  of  Taiwanese  passengers  in  Turkey.  For  emergencies,  Taiwanese  nationals  can  contact  the  representative  office  by  calling  002-90-532-322-7162  from  Taiwan  or  0532-322-7162  if  they  are  in  Turkey.

Taiwan’s  representative  office  in  Turkey  will  closely  monitor  the  situation,  the  MOFA  indicated,  adding  that  preliminary  reports  show  no  Taiwanese  casualties  so  far.  In  addition  to  issuing  a  red  travel  alert  for  Turkey,  the  foreign  ministry  also  informed  the  MOTC’s  Tourism  Bureau  on  the  status  of  Taiwanese  tour  groups  there.

The  Tourism  Bureau,  meanwhile,  has  provided  Taiwan’s  travel  agencies  with  the  emergency  phone  numbers  of  Taiwan’s  representative  office  in  Turkey.  The  travel  agencies  were  requested  to  monitor  the  safety  of  their  tour  members,  stay  on  top  of  local  developments,  and  help  Taiwanese  tourists  return  as  soon  as  possible.  Tour  leaders  should  also  keep  in  touch  with  the  representative  office  to  ensure  timely  assistance  if  needed.

The  MOE  has  confirmed  the  safety  of  a  60-member  team  from  the  Chinese  Taipei  School  Sport  Federation  currently  taking  part  in  Gymnasiade  2016  in  Trabzon,  several  hundred  kilometers  from  Turkey’s  capital  of  Ankara.  Taiwan’s  representative  office  in  Turkey  has  made  contact  with  the  team  and  will  provide  repatriation  assistance  if  necessary.

The  MOEA  said  Taiwanese  businesspeople  in  Turkey  are  mostly  located  in  Istanbul  with  dealings  in  trade,  computers,  electronic  products,  optical  instrument  manufacturing,  automobile  components  and  metallic  products.  The  MOEA  has  requested  its  office  in  Turkey  to  advise  the  Taiwanese  business  community  to  stay  safe  and  be  aware  of  subsequent  developments.