Taiwan’s tourist visa is a means to enter Taiwan for citizens of countries that aren’t a part of Taiwan’s visa exemption program. Keep reading to learn more.
I’ve dealt with Taiwan’s visas quite a bit. I want to help those considering visiting Taiwan find a means to enter. I condensed most information you’d need to succeed.
What is the Taiwan Tourist Visa?
The Taiwan tourist visa allows foreign nationals to stay in Taiwan for up to 90 days for traveling and business purposes. This visa’s only necessary for folks who live in countries that don’t have visa waiver agreements with Taiwan.
Types of Taiwan Visitor Visas
Different types of Taiwan visitor visas include:
|Visa Name||Who It’s For|
|Taiwan Tourist Visa||Tourists|
|Taiwan Business Visa||Business-related purposes (e.g. attending meetings)|
|Taiwan Visit Visa||Visiting family|
|Taiwan Medical Treatment Visa||Undergoing medical treatment in Taiwanese medical institutions|
|Employment-seeking Visa||Applying for jobs|
|Attending Cultural/social/academic events||Attending certain events|
Taiwan Visitor Visa Requirements
Requirements for Taiwan’s visitor visas include:
- Passport photo: 35 mm x 45 mm with a white background
- Completed visa application
- Passport with 6 months of validity
- Return ticket: plane ticket to your home country
- Proof of accommodation: hotel reservations, letter of invitation, etc
- Documents to prove you’re employed
- Or documents to prove you’re a student
Let’s cover more specific requirements.
Visitor Visa requirements:
- Letter of invitation
- Proof of relationship
- Birth certificate
- Relative’s marriage certificate
- Relative’s Household Registration
- Proof your host lives in Taiwan
- Alien Residence Certificate (ARC)
- Permanent Alien Residence Certificate (APRC)
- ID card
Business Visa requirements:
- Your contact’s details:
- Phone number
- Letter of Guarantee stamped by your company
- Taiwanese company’s registration documents
- Proof you’re traveling for business
- Letter of invitation
- Letter from your company that details your assignment
- Proof of correspondence
Medical Treatment Visa requirements:
- Letter from the medical institution you’re visiting
- Letter from current medical provider to state your diagnosis
Employment-seeking visa :
- Proof of health insurance
- Signed Employment-Seeking VISA application checklist
- Proof of funds to support yourself: NT$100,000 or $3,296
- Certificate of good conduct: police record
- One of the following:
- Graduated from one of the world’s top universities
- Employment experience with a monthly salary of NT$47,971 (around $1,600)
- Unspecified conditions the MOF could deem worthy
Attending events visa:
- Letter of invitation from the event/conference you’ll attend
- Letter of Approval from training course or performance event
- Employer must apply for it on your behalf
Taiwan Tourist Visa Fees
Applying for the tourist visa in Taiwan will cost:
- Single-Entry: NT$1,600
- Multiple-Entry: NT$3,200
Applying outside Taiwan at a Diplomatic office will cost:
- Single-Entry: $50
- Multiple-Entry: $100
Prices are the same. Maybe a couple dollars more expensive when applying in Taiwan.
How to Apply for the Taiwan Tourist Visa
Apply for the Taiwan tourist visa by completing the online application. Print out the application and gather other required documents. Then provide them to your nearest Taiwan cultural center (aka embassy/consulate).
Upon turning in your documents, wait 2–5 business days for your visa to process. It may take up to 2 weeks.
Extending a Taiwan Tourist Visa
So long as your visa doesn’t have a stamp stating, “No Extension Will Be Granted,” you could apply for a visa extension. Do this 15 days before your current visa expires. I recommend doing this at least 30 days prior.
To reduce the likelihood of errors that might result in risking your visa status.
In addition to your visa, application form, and visa, you’ll need one of the following supporting documents :
|Visa Name||Documents Required|
|Visiting relatives||Proof of relationship|
|Studying mandarin||Certificate of enrollment & record of attendance|
|Religious activities||Invitation letter & religious organization registration certificate|
|Attending a training course||Employment certificate & approval letter|
|Employment||Employment certificate & approval letter|
|Business visitors||Company registration & approval letter|
|Working holiday||Proof of accommodation|
Extend your visitor visa by turning in all the required documents to the nearest immigration agency in Taiwan.
An eVisa allows residents in the following countries to bypass visiting a diplomatic mission and apply online:
|Peru||Qatar||Saudi Arabia||Solomon Islands|
|Swaziland||United Arab Emirates (UAE)|
The following countries with tourists groups part of the Project for Simplifying Visa Regulations for High-end Group Tourists from South East Asian Countries can also apply:
And if you’re from one of the following countries and are visiting Taiwan with the recommendation of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council:
- Sri Lanka
eVisas cost $59.28—$57.68 fee plus $1.60 processing fee. These countries don’t need to worry about this cost:
- Solomon Islands
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Apply at least 7 days before visiting Taiwan.
Taiwan Landing Visa (Visa-Free Entry)
The following countries can visit Taiwan without a visa:
|United Kingdom||90 days|
|New Zealand||90 days|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||30 days|
|Czech Republic||90 days|
|San Marino||90 days|
|The Vatican||90 days|
|North Macedonia||90 days|
|St. Kitts and Nevis||30 days|
|South Korea||90 days|
|Dominican Republic||30 days|
|The Philippines||14 days|
All you need are a passport, return flight ticket, and proof of accommodation. Upon reaching the immigration checkpoint at Taiwan’s airport, present these to the agent. From there, they’ll get your fingerprints and hopefully let you into Taiwan.
Need more help with the Taiwan tourist visa process? This FAQs section has answers to common questions.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Taiwan Visitor Visa?
Taiwan visitor visa processing time is usually 7 to 10 working days. Can vary based on factors like time of year and individual circumstances.
How Long Can I Stay in Taiwan with a Visitor Visa?
Stay in Taiwan with a visitor visa for up to 90 days (single-entry) or 180 days (multiple-entry), depending on visa type.