Taiwan Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
May 12, 2003
This Travel Warning alerts American citizens that the Department of State
has now authorized the voluntary departure of family members and
non-emergency personnel at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) in Taipei
and Kaohsiung. This decision is based on the Department's ongoing concerns
about the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Taiwan.
Both the Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) continue to recommend that Americans planning elective or
non-essential travel to Taiwan may wish to consider deferring non-essential
travel to Taiwan. Americans residing in Taiwan may wish to consider
departing Taiwan. AIT remains open to provide the full range of services to
For the most up-to-date information about SARS, American citizens are
advised to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website
www.cdc.gov , the World Health Organization's website,
www.who.int/ith and the Department of State's
Public Announcement on SARS, which is located at .
For further information on travel to Taiwan, American citizens should also
consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Taiwan.