I have a pretty unusual situation here.
I arrived in Taiwan July 1st. My job and therefore my visa got botched by a recruiter who didn't know what he was doing. I needed a new job. I got one and there has not been enough time to get my visa processed. I am from the US so I only have 30 days. I also need to be in the country for 184 days, July 1st - Dec. 31st in order to qualify for the tax break.
I got a flight booked for Hong Kong on Saturday. I will go there and then come back the same day. I only have two hours between my flights. Do I actually need to get a stamp in Hong Kong on my passport, or could I just kick around the terminal and get back on the plane? Will the customs officials want to see where I was last on my passport? Will they even care when I get back to Taiwan? Will they just stamp my passport regardless since I am entering the country?
I have been hearing so many things about documents on this thread. I have entered Taiwan three times in my life, twice as a tourist and now to work. All times I have never been questioned when getting my passport stamped. They have all been very straight forward. Is any of that really necessary? Should I have my work contract with me just in case, or any other documents?
If I do need the stamp in Hong Kong, I heard from one of my coworkers there is some place inside where you can get a stamp without having to leave the airport. Is this so? If not, would two hours be enough to disembark, go through customs, turn around, check in, go through security and customs again and be on time for boarding the plane?
Hope anyone can help with some good info. on this crazy situation. Thanks in advance.
Many people do same day visa runs to HK without leaving the terminal or officially entering HK even. Get two boarding passes in Taipei and show them to Taipei Immigration if asked. To be safe, you can just enter HK and come right back into the terminal and then you have your stamps.
HK airport is usually pretty quick . If your flight is not delayed you could do it in two hours. But once again, TPE is more concerned you got the exit stamp. Far as they are concerned you LEFT the country after that stamp is put on.
You just cant immediately enter without flying out. And your boarding passes should be proof of that.
BUt if time permits, Id go thru Immigration in HK and right back in to get those stamps and eliminate that worry.