Taiwan Tourist Visa Guide

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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 NameWho It’s For
Taiwan Tourist VisaTourists
Taiwan Business VisaBusiness-related purposes (e.g. attending meetings)
Taiwan Visit VisaVisiting family
Taiwan Medical Treatment VisaUndergoing medical treatment in Taiwanese medical institutions
Employment-seeking VisaApplying for jobs
Attending Cultural/social/academic eventsAttending certain events
Different Taiwan visitor visas compared.

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

Business Visa requirements:

  • Your contact’s details:
    • Phone number
    • Name
    • Address
  • 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 [1]:

  • 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 [2]:

Visa NameDocuments Required
Visiting relativesProof of relationship
Studying mandarinCertificate of enrollment & record of attendance
Religious activitiesInvitation letter & religious organization registration certificate
Attending a training courseEmployment certificate & approval letter
EmploymentEmployment certificate & approval letter
Business visitorsCompany registration & approval letter
Working holidayProof of accommodation
Requirements to extend visa in Taiwan.

Extend your visitor visa by turning in all the required documents to the nearest immigration agency in Taiwan.

Taiwan eVisa

An eVisa allows residents in the following countries to bypass visiting a diplomatic mission and apply online:

BahrainBurkina FasoColumbiaDominica
EcuadorHong KongKiribatiKuwait
PeruQatarSaudi ArabiaSolomon Islands
SwazilandUnited Arab Emirates (UAE)
Countries eligible for Taiwan’s eVisa.

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:

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

And if you’re from one of the following countries and are visiting Taiwan with the recommendation of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council:

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

eVisas cost $59.28—$57.68 fee plus $1.60 processing fee. These countries don’t need to worry about this cost:

  • Turkey
  • Solomon Islands
  • Peru
  • Panama
  • Montenegro
  • Mauritius
  • Kosovo
  • Kiribati
  • Columbia
  • 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:

CountryVisa-free Duration
USA90 days
Canada90 days
United Kingdom90 days
Australia90 days
New Zealand90 days
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines30 days
Cyprus90 days
Eswantini90 days
Andorra90 days
Austria90 days
Belgium90 days
Croatia90 days
Czech Republic90 days
Denmark90 days
Finland90 days
France90 days
Germany90 days
Hungary90 days
Iceland90 days
Ireland90 days
Latvia90 days
Liechtenstein90 days
Lithuania90 days
Malta90 days
Monaco90 days
Netherlands90 days
Norway90 days
Poland90 days
Portugal90 days
San Marino90 days
Slovakia90 days
Slovenia90 days
Sweden90 days
Switzerland90 days
The Vatican90 days
Romania90 days
Spain90 days
Italy90 days
Luxembourg90 days
North Macedonia90 days
Bulgaria90 days
Estonia90 days
Greece90 days
Guatemala90 days
Honduras90 days
Paraguay90 days
St. Kitts and Nevis30 days
Nauru30 days
Belize30 days
Japan90 days
Chile90 days
Nicaragua90 days
Israel90 days
South Korea90 days
Singapore30 days
Malaysia30 days
Dominican Republic30 days
Thailand14 days
The Philippines14 days
Brunei14 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.

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