American Institute in Taiwan closes old offices, to reopen
in Neihu on May 6 1
A rainbow and the Stars and Stripes over AIT's old building (screenshot from facebook.com/AIT.Social.Media/)

A rainbow and the Stars and Stripes over AIT’s old building (screenshot from facebook.com/AIT.Social.Media/)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) ceased providing services at its old offices on Taipei City’s Xinyi Road Wednesday (May 1) at noon, with its new offices in the Neihu District starting to function on May 6.

AIT, the representative office of the United States in the absence of official diplomatic relations, dedicated its brand new complex last June, but it had not yet been opened to the public.

During the move this week, only essential assistance to U.S. citizens will be provided, according to the Central News Agency.

The new offices, located at No.100, Jinhu Road, will group facilities that were until now spread over several addresses in the capital. All services, including consular, trade and cultural work, will be suspended until the move is completed on May 6, CNA reported.

On its Facebook page, AIT, which has been in existence for 40 years, described its original site as “a modest, leaky, old building,” while for the coming 40 years, it was hoping to achieve even more from its “new, state-of-the-art facility.”