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Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Taiwan

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Taiwan

There are different types of visas available for Taiwan. You will be required a visa even if you are transiting through Taiwan unless you are from a visa-exempt group.

You can realize your planned trip to Taiwan by obtaining a Taiwan visa. Foreign nationals can apply to Taiwan visas (Single, Multiple entries) e-Visa, via embassy, landing (on arrival) visa, and travel authorization certificate for temporary reasons (tourism, business, cultural, and other purposes).

The duration of stay in Taiwan can be 14 days, 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days. For a Transit visa, the duration of stay in Taiwan can’t exceed 14 days. There are 2 types of validity you can choose: for a short stay 1-180 days, for a long stay over 180 days.

 

There are 3 types of online application form:

1. General Visa Applications

2. Visa Application for Foreign Labor

  • Blue-collar foreign workers from Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Please select the Foreign Labor Visa Application form.
  • White-collar worker, please choose General Visa Application.

3. e-Visa Application

Also, you can apply for Landing Visas and Travel Authorization Certificate.

Countries eligible for Landing (On Arrival) Visas:

  • Holders of a Turkish passport valid for more than six months.
  • Holders of emergency or temporary passports valid for more than six months for nationals of those countries (with the exception of the USA) eligible for visa-exempt entry.

For more information, please visit this website.

 

Travel Authorization Certificate

Citizens of Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam may apply online for a R.O.C. (Taiwan) Travel Authorization Certificate from the National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior.

For more information, please visit this website.

Taiwan e-Visa

Taiwan e-Visa

Please note that e-Visa is only granted for Tourism and Business, also for Visiting Relatives and Attending International Conferences or Sporting Events in Taiwan. If you intend to travel to Taiwan for other purposes – such as Employment, Study, Family Residence, or Mandarin Language Courses – you must submit an application for an appropriate type of visa to the ROC overseas mission.

The validity of the e-Visa will be 3 months from the date of issue. The e-Visa is a single-entry visa, and the maximum duration of stay in Taiwan is 30 days, which cannot be extended and converted to other types of visas.

 

Taiwan E-visa Eligible Countries:

 

Bahrain

Kiribati

Panama

Turkey

Burkina Faso

Kuwait

Peru

United Arab Emirates

Colombia

Mauritius

Qatar

Kosovo

Dominica

Montenegro

Saudi Arabia

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Ecuador

Oman

Solomon Islands

 

 

Additionally, foreign nationals who have been invited to participate in international conferences, sporting events, trade fairs, or other activities in Taiwan—organized, co-organized, or sponsored by central government agencies—are also eligible for e-Visa.

Such foreign nationals must obtain an Encode from the host organization in Taiwan (n.b., not the Consular Affairs Bureau) before submitting an online e-Visa application. Nationals of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are eligible for e-Visa only when participating in sporting events in Taiwan.

Nationals of the following countries are also eligible for Taiwan e-Visa if they travel with a tourist group under the 'Project for Simplifying Visa Regulations for High-End Group Tourists from Southeast Asian Countries:

  • Cambodia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Vietnam

Nationals of the following countries who do business in Taiwan on a recommendation from the local offices of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), may also apply for a Taiwan e-Visa:

  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • India
  • Iran
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka

 

Required Documents for Taiwan E-visa

 

1. Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure from Taiwan.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or three free “visa pages.”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

2. Photo

  • Format – JPG, JPEG, PDF
  • Minimum 10 KB
  • Maximum less than 1024K
  • The height and width of the Photo must be equal.
  • The photo should present a full face, front view, eyes open and without spectacles.
  • Center head within frame and present full head from the top of hair to bottom of the chin
  • The background should be plain light-colored or white background.
  • No shadows on the face or the background.
  • Without borders.

3. Copy of the Main Page of Your Passport

4. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation (return ticket)
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

5. Supporting Documents that Show Your Reason for a Trip

     For tourism:

  • Confirmation of the accommodation (hotel confirmation, apartment rental contract, etc.)

     For business/conference/expo:

  • Certified photocopies of the certificate of incorporation
  • Confirmation of the accommodation (hotel confirmation, apartment rental contract, etc.)

     For family visit:

  • Proof of civil status (birth, marriage certificate)

6. When You Arrive in Taiwan, You Must Present also:

  • Printed Taiwan e-Visa
  • Travel Itinerary including:
    • Flight reservation
    • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

 

Processing Time for Taiwan E-visa

The average processing time for Taiwan e-Visa is 3-7 working days. (it can vary depending on the category of e-Visa, your country, and nationality)

 

Taiwan E-visa Application Fee

Taiwan e-Visa fee is NT$1,646 (about 59 USD). The application fee for an e-Visa is NT$1,600 +NT$46 processing fee for the online credit card payment. Fee can vary depending on the category of e-Visa, your country, and nationality.

There is no visa fee for the following countries:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Colombia
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Mauritius
  • Montenegro
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Solomon Islands
  • Turkey
 
Where to Apply for Taiwan E-visa Application?

You will apply to Taiwan e-Visa online. You can apply for an e-Visa through this website (official governmental website).

Taiwan Visas Via Embassy/Consulate

Taiwan Visas Via Embassy/Consulate

You can also apply for Taiwan visas via the embassy/consulate.  Reasons to apply for this type of visa can be tourism, business trips, investment, investment inspection, attending conference/exhibition, foreign students, visiting family or friends, exchange programs, and many other non-permanent nuances. Visas can be both single-entry and multiple-entry.

 

Required Documents for Taiwan Visas Via Embassy/Consulate

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure from Taiwan.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages.”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Photo

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • 45mm x 35mm size

4. ID Card Copy

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure from Taiwan.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure from Taiwan.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous visas
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservations (return ticket must be included)
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Proof of Sufficient Funds

  • Your bank account balanced statement issued in the last 3 months with your name shown
  • For a minor applicant, at least one of the parents’ (sponsor’s) balance statements should be provided. The fund balance should be sufficient for your stay in Taiwan for the period stated in your application form and travel itinerary

9. Supporting Documents that Show Your Reason for a Trip

       For tourism:

  • Flight reservations (return ticket)
  • Proof of accommodation

       For visiting:

  • Original invitation letter by inviting person
  • Copies of passport, ID card/residence permit of your inviting person

       For visiting relatives:

  • Original invitation letter by inviting person
  • Proof of relative's residence in Taiwan
  • Proof documents for relationship

       For business:

  • Original invitation letter by the company/organization
  • Evidence of business activities

       For attending conference /exhibition:

  • Evidence of documents (Invitation Letter or proof of exhibition and applicant's ID)

       For the foreign student: (Full-time Ph.D., Master's Bachelor's program, or senior high school Students)

  • The admission permit or record of enrolment, registration, and transcripts
  • Highest education diploma and transcripts
  • Proof of financial support
  • The health certificate should be issued within 3 months by one of the local hospitals designated by the Centers for Disease Control of the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the R.O.C. (Taiwan) or a foreign hospital. Health certificates issued by foreign hospitals must be authenticated by a R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission.
  • Other supporting documents (if requested)

       For international student (exchange students):

  • Letter of approval issued by university/college or competent authorities of education.
  • Admission permit or record of enrolment and registration
  • The overseas school’s record of enrolment
  • Other supporting documents (if requested)

       For academic exchange (including visiting scholar):

  • Academic exchange approval letter issued by a government agency

       For studying religious doctrine:

  • Certificate of approval issued by competent authorities

       For studying Chinese:

  • A certificate of admission issued by the Chinese language center affiliated to one of the universities or institutions accredited by the Ministry of Education. (original and photocopy) cate of approval issued by competent authorities

       For overseas Chinese students:

  • The notice of assignment issued by the Ministry of Education or the University Entrance Committee.
  • Highest education diploma and transcripts (Foreign diplomas and transcripts must be authenticated by a Taiwan overseas mission or an agency designated by the Overseas Community Affairs Council. For diplomas and transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English, a Chinese- or English-translation version is also required. The original-language diploma, transcripts, and accompanying Chinese- or English-translation must be authenticated by a Taiwan overseas mission or an agency designated by the Overseas Community Affairs Council.)
  • The health certificate should be issued within 3 months by one of the local hospitals designated by the Centers for Disease Control of the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the R.O.C. (Taiwan) or a foreign hospital. Health certificates issued by foreign hospitals must be authenticated by a R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission.
  • Other supporting documents (if requested)

       For internship:

  • Approval letter issued by a government agency (e.g., Permit issued by Ministry of the Interior; Ministry of Economic Affairs; Ministry of Health and Welfare)

       For attending training courses:

  • Approval letter issued by a government agency (e.g., Permit issued by Ministry of Economic Affairs Ministry of Health and Welfare)

       For volunteer:

  • Volunteer approval letter issued by a government agency

       For employment:

  • Work permit issued by competent authorities of the central government of the R.O.C.(Taiwan)

NB: Nationals of Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, and Vietnam should apply for Foreign Labor Visa Application through this link.

       For employment-seeking

  • Proof of meeting one of the following conditions:
    • Employment experience, with an average monthly that is not lower the amount, NT$47,971
    • Graduated within the past year from any of the world's top 500 universities as listed by the ROC Ministry of Education, and not yet employed
  • Plan for seeking employment
  • Proof of sufficient financial resources (at least NT$100,000 or its equivalent)
  • Proof of health and full hospitalization insurance for the entire duration of stay in the ROC (Taiwan)
  • Certificate of good conduct
  • Other supporting documents (if requested)

       For religious work:

  • The applicant's credentials
  • The applicant's certificate in religious work
  • Certificate of registration of the religious organization or corporation

       For medical treatment:

  • Evidence of documents (diagnosis, the proposal of treatment from Taiwan Medical institutions, letter for visa application)
  • Evidence of funds (Bank statement or payment plan consented by Taiwan Medical institutions)

       For invited by ROC (Taiwan) government:

  • Invitation letter by ROC (Taiwan) government

       For transit: (no more than 14 days)

  • An entry visa (if any) and an onward ticket to the intended country of destination

10. For Minors:

  • Copy and English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • Letter of consent from parent/s or legal guardian/s, if traveling unaccompanied.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Taiwan Visa Via Embassy/Consulate

The average processing time for a Taiwan Visa is 2-10 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Taiwan Visa Fees Via Embassy/Consulate

Taiwan Visa fees are 50-100 USD (it can vary depending on your country and nationality). Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Type of Visa

Amount

Single-entry Visitor Visa

50 USD

Multiple-entry Visitor Visa

100 USD

 

Where to Apply for Taiwan Visa Via Embassy/Consulate?

You will apply for a Taiwan visa in Taiwan visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

EMBASSY INFORMATION AND LOCATION

FAQ

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I am from a country whose citizens do not need a visa to enter Taiwan. Can I experience any problems at the border, while entering Taiwan?

You must meet certain requirements to enter Taiwan, even if you are not required a visa:

  • The purpose of your trip to Taiwan must be plausible and comprehensible.
  • Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond your stay in Taiwan.
  • You must be able to finance your own living and travel costs.
  • You must hold a confirmed return flight to prove that you are prepared to leave Taiwan before the visa expires.
  • You must not pose a threat to security or public order.
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Will my fees be refunded if my visa is refused?

All fees are non-refundable and will not be refunded if your visa application is not successful.

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Do I have to participate in the Embassy in person for applying for Taiwan visa?

It depends on your country of residence or the embassy/consulate/Visa Administrative Center’s rules and obligations. In some countries, sending your documents via courier is enough to the embassy/consulate/Visa Administrative Center. 

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Can the Embassy/Consulate request me to provide additional documents or information?

The embassy may request you to provide additional documents or information, according to your personal situation, even after you have submitted all the required documents mentioned on the official website of the Embassy/Consulate/Visa Application Center.

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Can I extend the validity of my Taiwan visa?

The validity of a visa can be extended in some exceptional and force-major cases. You can get information about that directly at the Migration Department of Taiwan.

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What are the advantages of e-Visa?

An e-Visa can be obtained easily anywhere with an internet connection and it saves time that you would otherwise spend on visa applications at Taiwan missions or at the ports of entry into Taiwan (if you are eligible).

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What documents do I need to prepare for an e-Visa application?

Applicants for an e-Visa must have their passport valid for at least six months when applying for an e-Visa. In accordance with the instructions of BOCA, ROC overseas missions may, depending on the applicant's nationality or the purpose of the visit, request by email that the applicant submit additional documents within a specific timeframe.

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Do I need to enter Taiwan on the exact date specified in my application?

No. The validity of an e-Visa will start from the date specified in the approval form. The e-Visa is a single-entry visa valid for three months with a maximum stay of 30 days and cannot be extended. The holders of e-Visa may enter Taiwan at any time within the period of validity. Passengers of e-Visa for the "Project for Simplifying Visa Regulations for High-End Group Tourists from Southeast Asian Countries (Project Kuan-Hong)" must enter in accordance with the date of entry and follow any related regulations.

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I don't have a credit card (MasterCard/Visa/JCB). Can I use other methods to pay for my application fee?

No. You can only make payment online by credit card (MasterCard/Visa/JCB). However, someone else can make the payment on your behalf. Please note that where the applicant and the holder of the credit card making the payment is not the same person, the holder of the credit card should consent to the payment and personally conduct the payment procedure.

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If my itinerary changes, can I apply to change the date of my Taiwan e-Visa?

No. You need to re-apply and get a new e-Visa.

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Do I need to obtain separate Taiwan e-Visas for the people who accompany me?

Yes. Every traveler must have his own e-Visa.

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The information in my e-Visa does not fully match the information in my travel document. Can I use this e-Visa to enter Taiwan?

No. In this case, your e-Visa is invalid. You need to re-apply and get a new e-Visa. Otherwise, immigration officers at ports of entry will be denied entry to Taiwan or, subject to approval, will be instructed to apply for a visitor visa with additional visa fees.

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I would like to stay in Taiwan for a longer period of time than the e-Visa permit. What am I supposed to do?

If you wish to stay in Taiwan longer than your e-Visa permit, you must go to the ROC overseas mission to apply for a visa that corresponds to the purpose and duration of your intended stay in Taiwan. Please note that e-Visas are granted only for tourism and business purposes, as well as for visiting relatives and attending international conferences or sporting events in Taiwan. If you intend to travel to Taiwan for other purposes, such as employment, study, family residence or Mandarin language courses, you must submit a request for a related visa to the ROC overseas mission.

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I have made my request. When am I going to get my Taiwan e-Visa?

Once your application has been approved, an electronic notice containing a webpage link will be sent to you to download and print your e-Visa. You are required to submit this e-Visa to the Immigration Checkpoint for verification by the National Immigration Agency upon arrival in Taiwan.

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I am notified by the visa issuing system that I need to submit additional documents for my e-Visa application. What am I supposed to do?

You should submit additional documents to the designated ROC overseas mission by e-mail before the specified deadline.

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Do I need an e-Visa if I'm on a cruise ship?

Under the Temporary Entry Permit Regulations for Foreigners, as of 29 April 2014, foreign nationals from countries not eligible for visa waiver privileges arriving in Taiwan on cruise ships may obtain special temporary entry permits once the approval has been granted by the related immigration authorities.

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My child has been included in my passport. Do I need to submit a separate e-Visa application to my child?

Yes. When submitting an application for your child, please use your child's ID and passport information.

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Do I need to get an e-Visa if I don't leave the international transit area at the Taiwan airport?

No. You do not need to apply for an e-Visa unless you leave the Taiwan International Transit Area.

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Can I apply for a family or a group e-Visa?

Our visa application system does not accept e-Visa family or group applications.

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What does DOMESTIC ID No. and DOMESTIC KTP No. mean?

Identification card number for foreign applicants from home country.

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How can I save my application if I need to stop in the middle of the application and go back later?

The system will automatically save it during the process while filling in the application form. Please remember the TEMPORARY NO. located at the top of your computer screen and re-filling this temporary number to search for your preview application file. If you can't save that TEMPORARY NO, please fill a new application form again.

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I can't continue with an online application, is there a time limit to fill in each page of the application form?

Each page of the application will only last 30 minutes. If you need more than 30 minutes to fill in on one page, this process will be terminated automatically. As a result, the applicant must return to the home page, choose EDIT and log in with the temporary number to continue filling out the application form.

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I have completed my online application form, but I don't have a printer. What can I do about it?

Please save the generated PDF application file and use another computer and printer to complete the printout process.

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I have also completed the application form to obtain the application number, but can I not print it out?

If you find yourself in the following situation:

(1) Please check if your computer has already installed Acrobat Reader version 8.0 above the software version or the latest version of software related to the PDF reader.

(2) Or download it in a minimized window.

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Should I bring my entire print out application form to the R.O.C. Overseas Mission within a certain time limit?

Please bring your entire application form to our designated R.O.C Overseas Mission (Working Days) after a successful online application has been submitted, the system will generate an application number and this visa application must be submitted within 30 days.

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