H.R.535 – Taiwan Travel Act

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H.R.535 – Taiwan Travel Act


HR 535 establishes the Sense of Congress that the United States Government should encourage visits between officials from the United States and Taiwan at all levels.

To that end “This bill states that it should be U.S. policy to: (1) allow officials at all levels of the U.S. government to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts; (2) permit high-level Taiwanese officials to enter the United States under respectful conditions and to meet with U.S. officials, including officials from the Department of State and the Department of Defense; and (3) encourage the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, and any other instrumentality established by Taiwan, to conduct business in the United States.” – crs

“The United States terminated diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979. U.S. government relations with that island are considered “unofficial” and conducted through the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), a private nonprofit corporation, and TECRO, its Taiwanese counterpart. Interactions between high-level U.S. and Taiwanese officials are constrained and federal employees traveling to Taiwan on official business must use their personal passports instead of official or diplomatic passports.” – cbo

(Full text of H.R. 535 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] (Introduced 01/13/2017)


Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote

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Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

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Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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