Visa requirements for Taiwan – Lonely Planet

Whether you prefer hiking in the mountains, exploring temples or bathing in hot springs, Taiwan is an island of endless temptations.

Asia’s most vibrant democracy is also relatively relaxed when it comes to immigration rules, unlike China’s more onerous visa policies across the strait. Generally, visa requirements to enter Taiwan will depend on your nationality as well as any applicable restrictions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is our guide to Taiwan entry requirements, with all the information you need on visa types and procedures.

COVID-19 and visa requirements for Taiwan

Tough, strict and highly organized in the face of the pandemic, Taiwan has remained largely closed to foreign tourists since the outbreak began. In April 2022, the rules were relaxed slightly to allow foreign business travelers, foreign students, parents of Taiwanese nationals, foreigners with foreign resident certificates, and blue-collar migrant workers from certain neighboring countries to apply for a visa. However, leisure travelers are still unable to visit, and as of July 2022 no reopening date has been set.

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Visa-free entry to Taiwan

Outside of pandemic control periods, tourists from most European countries, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, South Korea and Japan (as well as a number of other countries) are eligible for visa-free entry to Taiwan for stays of up to 90 days. Tourists from a number of other countries, including Singapore and Malaysia, are entitled to 30 days of visa-free travel.

Tourists from most other countries will need to request a Visitor Visa. Mainland Chinese citizens must apply for a special type of travel permit.

All visa-exempt travelers need a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry and two blank pages for entry and exit stamps. Upon arrival, you will also need to present a confirmed travel ticket with your itinerary to leave Taiwan before the end of your visa-free travel period.

Outside of COVID periods, tourists from many European, North American and other countries can enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan for stays of up to 90 days © LMspencer / Shutterstock

Extend your visa-free stay

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, only visitors from Canada and the UK could extend their visa-free stay in the country by 90 days (up to a maximum of 180 days). Visa extension applications can be made in Taiwan at the nearest National Immigration Agency Office.

Study, work and visitor visas for Taiwan

If you plan to go to Taiwan to work, study or visit relatives for an extended period of time, you can apply to an overseas mission of the ROC (Republic of China, official name of Taiwan) in your country of origin for a visitor’s visa (for a single entry, and for periods of less than six months) or a Resident Visa for longer stays. Note that there is no dedicated Taiwan student visa category.

Visitor visas cost around 50 USD (this varies from country to country), while resident visas cost around 100 USD.

There are also opportunities for citizens of several of the same countries covered by visa-free travel to apply for a visa under Taiwan Working Holiday Programintended for people between the ages of 18 and 30. For stays of up to 12 months, the scheme allows the holder to work during their stay – subject to a few restrictions, such as not staying with a single employer for more than 3 months.

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Visit the helpful Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the latest information on entry restrictions and visa requirements © Shawn.ccf / Shutterstock

A helpful resource for everything you need to know about visas for Taiwan

Your first stop when planning to travel to Taiwan should be the Consular Affairs Section of the MOFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) website for Taiwan. Here you can find a list of Taiwanese embassies and missions abroadas well as a section dedicated to visa listing the latest requirements and regulations (under ‘News and Events’). You will also find links to the online visa application forms that you will need to complete and mail to your nearest overseas mission in Taiwan or present in person, as well as the list of supporting documents needed depending on the type of Visa.

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