In some countries, Ham licensing is still cumbersome even for citizens, and operation prohibited by foreigners.

I'm curious what the situation is like in Taiwan now. Years ago, there was little difference between the license and licensing process for a Ham station and that for a large commercial radio station. Also bringing equipment into the country yourself was prohibited and subject to on-the-spot confiscation. I think things have improved now, but I don't know to what extent.

These days, what are the rules regarding non-citizens operating licensed stations in Taiwan, does a citizen need to be present? Is self-importing of one's personal equipment still prohibited?

See the Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League (CTARL) web site for a link to information for Visitors and short-term residents of Taiwan wishing to operate an Amateur Radio station in Taiwan.

"Visitors and short-term residents of Taiwan wishing to operate an Amateur Radio station in Taiwan may apply for a Temporary Operating Permit after being sponsored by a licensed Taiwan host whose station they may operate during the period in which the issued permit is valid. Amateur Radio station licenses in Taiwan license the specific transmitting and radiating equipment operated, and the temporary permit is an operator permit only, so no transmitting equipment may be legally brought into Taiwan by visiting Amateur Radio operators."

CTARL officers are identified at Headquarters and Branche Offices. I recommend you reach out to the entire HQ staff as well as the branch representative for the region you plan to visit.

  • Thanks, your 2nd link appears to be dated October 2009. 2009-10/VSTR-op.htm and I'm pretty sure there have been some significant changes over the last decade. "I'm curious what the situation is like in Taiwan now. Years ago, there was little difference between the license and licensing process for a Ham station and that for a large commercial radio station." Luckily the last link is from 2015 so it's likely to be helpful. – uhoh Sep 14 at 8:00
  • Please, enlighten us with a link to the changes you cite and update us when you learn the current status. Thanks! – Brian K1LI Sep 14 at 10:37
  • It's 2nd hand information I received from people in Taiwan years ago. I also remember reading blog posts written by expat Hams living in TW years ago as well. I was just curious if there is an up-to-date source of information in English, so far I haven't found one. I do know that FaceBook is very popular in TW; it's possible that there is a CTARL FB page that's actively maintained. I don't use social media (unless you count SE) so I wouldn't know how to check. – uhoh Sep 14 at 10:49

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