An Official Letter from Tourism Bureau regarding Regulations on Foreigners and International Stu-dents Doing Part-Time or Practical Work in Taiwan
Foreigners and international students should abide by Employment Services Act. Those who did not take the certification exam or receive the certificate but are employed as tour guides by travel agencies or temporarily employed by government agencies or organizations shall be penalized in accordance with the law once found to be true. Please inform current international and overseas Chinese students.
International and overseas Chinese students intending to work as tour guides should take the certification exam and receive a tour guide certificate.
I. According to Article 23 of Regulations Governing Travel Agencies, “ A consolidated travel agency or Class-A travel agency receiving or guiding tourists from overseas, or from Hong Kong, Macau or mainland China, shall assign or hire licensed English-language,Japanese-language, other foreign-language or Chinese-language tour guides to act as tour guides. A consolidated travel agency or Class-A travel agency receiving or guiding non-Chinese-speaking foreign tourists as referred to in the preceding paragraph may not assign or hire a Chinese-language tour guide licensed only to receive mainland Chinese tourists to act as tour guide.However, when receiving or guiding non-Chinese-speaking, less commonly used-language foreign tourists, the travel agencies may assign or hire a Chinese-language tour guide with a rare-language translator accompanying the tour.”
Article 32 of Act for the Development of Tourism, “Tour guides and tour managers shall have passed the qualifying tests and completed the training held by the administrative authority or its commissioned organization to obtain professional license.
After being issued operation license by the central administrative authority, the persons mentioned in the first paragraph may commence business operation when employed by a travel agency or temporarily employed by government agencies or organizations.”
And Article 59 Act for the Development of Tourism, ”Those who operate the businesses as tour guides or tour managers without first obtaining operation licenses in accordance with Article 32 shall be fined between NT$10,000 and 50,000 and be prohibited from operating the businesses.”
II. Recently, the Tourism Bureau has received a few reports repeatedly regarding foreigners or international students violating the articles mentioned above by working as tour guides without a certificate. In order to enhance the quality of the tourism industry and to protect the rights and interests of tourists, please help to inform foreigners and current international students doing part-time or practical work in Taiwan of the regulations.Those who did not take the certification exam or receive the certificate but are employed as tour guides by travel agencies or temporarily employed by government agencies or organizations shall be penalized in accordance with the law once found to be true.