Taiwan Visa Requirements (2022)

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Taiwan has received over 11 million tourists since 2018. As the nation gains more popularity, that number will likely significantly increase.

Since you’re reading this post, you must want to visit Taiwan. So, to enter the country, you’ll need to know what options you have and additional information surrounding Taiwan visas.

Fortunately, there are plenty of routes available.

Summary:

If you want to enter Taiwan, you can do so without a visa for 90 days, depending on what country you’re from. Or, you can enter with a student, entrepreneur, and tourist visa.

As you explore this guide, you’ll learn everything there is to know about getting into Taiwan. Whether it’s with or without a visa. First off, check whether you’re allowed to travel to Taiwan.

Taiwan Travel Restrictions #

As of now, Taiwan does not accept tourists due to the ongoing pandemic. 

If you’re a non-resident business traveler, you can enter Taiwan, but first, you’ll have to apply for a special entry permit in your home country. Business activities that you can engage in involve fulfilling contractual obligations, business visits, investments, and employment.

Also, if you’re a migrant worker from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, or the Philippines, you can enter Taiwan if you’re fully vaccinated and meet any requirements they have when you decide to enter.

Taiwan’s quarantine policies seem to change every day, last I checked you must stay in a quarantine hotel for 14 days upon arriving in Taiwan.

List of Visa-Exempt Countries #

If your intent on visiting Taiwan involves visiting family or friends, business, business, or general tourism, you’re in luck. Because, if you’re a citizen from any of the countries below, you can enter Taiwan without a visa for up to 14, 21, 30, and 90 days.

Here are the countries that are visa-exempt and can stay in Taiwan for 90 days:

AFRICA
Eswatini
ASIA
JapanSouth KoreaCyprus
Israel
EUROPE
AndorraAustriaBelgium
CroatiaCzech RepublicDenmark
FinlandFranceGermany
HungaryIcelandIreland
LatviaLiechtensteinLithuania
MaltaMonacoNetherlands
NorwayPolandPortugal
San MarinoSlovakiaSlovenia
SwedenSwitzerlandUnited Kingdom
The VaticanRomaniaSpain
ItalyLuxembourgNorth Macedonia
BulgariaEstoniaGreece
NORTH AMERICA
CanadaUnited States of America
OCEANIC & THE CARIBBEANS
AustraliaHaitiMarshall Island
PalauTuvaluNew Zealand
SOUTH AMERICA
ChileGuatemalaHonduras
ParaguayNicaragua
This table displays countries where citizens don’t need a visa to enter Taiwan for tourism.

If you’re British or Canadian, you can extend your visa exemption for up to 180 days. Otherwise, there’s no way to extend the visa exemption unless the government rolls out extensions for special circumstances like what happened during COVID-19.

If you’re from the Philippines, Thailand, and Brunei and have normal passports, you can enter Taiwan without a visa for 14 days. Visa exemption for these countries expires on July 31, 2022.

If you’re from Russia and hold a normal passport, you can stay in Taiwan without a visa for 21 days. This is effective until July 31, 2022.

If you’re from these countries, you can visit Taiwan without a visa for 30 days:

  • Singapore
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Nauru
  • Dominican Republic
  • Belize
  • Malaysia

Do I Need Documents if I Enter Taiwan Without a Visa?

If you’re from Brunei, you’ll need the Brunei Certificate of Identity. Otherwise, people from Brunei, Thailand, the Philippines, and Russia will need proof of:

  • Accommodation
  • Sufficient funds to travel
  • Contact information from you and your host

Otherwise, you just need a passport with a couple blank pages that has six months of remaining validity. Also, you’ll need a return flight ticket.

If you’re from Japan or the USA and hold emergency passports, you can still enter Taiwan. Otherwise, if you’re from another country and have an emergency visa, you’ll have to fill out a visa application at your local Taiwan “cultural center.”

Or, you can apply for a landing visa once you reach Taiwan.

Taiwan Visitor Visa: Otherwise, Tourist Visa #

If you’re not eligible for the visa exemption—whether you’re not a citizen of the mentioned countries, or if you’re traveling for less than six months—you’ll have to apply for a visa.

A Visitor Visa is the first option you have. They’ll last you either 14, 30, 60, or 90 days.

Moreover, Taiwan’s Visitor Visas require the following when applying:

  • A passport that’s valid for at least six months
  • Completed application form
  • A couple passport photos—45mm x 35mm (1.77″x1.38″)
  • Bank account statement from the last few months. Your balance should prove that you can support yourself during your time in Taiwan.
  • A photocopy of your airline ticket—both arrival and departure
  • Supporting documents: addresses, evidence of business activities, invitation letters, etc
  • Visa fees—at least $50

Taiwan eVisa #

Taiwan’s eVisa serves as an electronic visa that allows travelers from certain countries to visit Taiwan for tourism and business for up to 30 days. You can’t extend the eVisa past this period.

To register for an eVisa, you will need to fill out an online application. Also, you’ll need a passport that’s valid for six months, an email address, and a bank card.

Who’s Eligible for Taiwan’s eVisa?

Citizens from the following countries are eligible to register for Taiwan’s eVisa:

  • Bahrain
  • Burkina Faso
  • Colombia
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • Hong Kong
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Mauritius
  • Montenegro
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Swaziland
  • United Arab Emirates

Taiwan Entrepreneur Visa #

Taiwan’s government has a list of requirements to become eligible for the Entrepreneur Visa. 

Luckily, you only need to fall under one of the requirements.

Most of these are difficult for the average entrepreneur; however, the following requirement is the easiest:

4. The business was stationed within one year before the application or is currently stationed in an international start-up park or registered under a project approved by the central government or any local government of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

This translates to, “You need to find an approved coworking space.”

I recommend FutureWard; they give you the option to host your business at home (remote) or in one of their coworking spaces. Pitch your idea to the coworking space you chose, pay a fee, and they’ll sponsor you and your company if you’re approved.

Since I published this article, FutureWard, along with most other incubators, has stopped sponsoring entrepreneur visas due to the government rejecting ideas.

Moreover, from the information I have gathered from people who’ve spoken to the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA), they have stopped issuing visas surrounding the startup part of the entrepreneur visa.

If you still pursue Taiwan’s Entrepreneur Visa, you’ll need to meet one of their other requirements or speak to your local Taiwanese representative office to see what options you have.

Taiwan Resident Visa #

If you’re coming to Taiwan to study, work, do missionary work, visit family, or other purposes for over six months, you’ll need to apply for a Resident Visa, you’ll have the same requirements as the Visitor Visa except different visa fees.

Employment-seeking Visa #

If you meet one of the government’s requirements, and you want to work for someone in Taiwan, you can apply for an Employment Seeking visa.

To give you an idea of their requirements, one of them is that you must have graduated from one of the world’s top universities within the last year.

This visa lasts for three months and allows you to renew it to stay up to 180 days.

You can apply for this visa at any overseas Taiwanese mission.

Taiwan Student Visa #

Taiwan’s student visa is technically a Resident Visa, which is used for long-term stayers.

You can obtain a student visa by studying Mandarin Chinese in an approved class, being an international exchange student, or studying in Taiwan as a full-time student.

You’ll need to apply at your local Taiwan representative mission and provide the following if you’re studying at a center to learn Mandarin Chinese:

  • Proof of finances
  • Study plan
  • Transcripts from previous education
  • Certificate of Enrollment from the Mandarin Chinese learning center you chose

If you’re an exchange student, you’ll need proof of enrollment for the school you’re attending.

Otherwise, full-time students will just need proof of financial support.

Overall, every student will need a couple passport-sized photos, a completed Student Application Form, your passport, and a Health Certificate.

Taiwan Gold Card (The Best Visa) #

If you’re an expat looking to stay in Taiwan, the Taiwan Employment Gold Card is the best option for you. However, this card is a special permit designed for the best of the best.

What adds the Gold to this card’s name is the fact it’s promoted as a 4-in-1 card, which includes an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC), work permit, Resident Visa, and multiple-entry permit.

The Taiwan Gold Card is good for three years.

While the requirements to qualify for the Taiwan Gold Card seem daunting, you only need to fall under one of the requirements. After you’ve checked your eligibility, you’ll need to apply on their website.

Taiwan Citizenship: Quick Facts

Citizenship by birthNo
Residency requirement for naturalization5 years; you must also stay inside Taiwan 183 days each year. 3 years if you hold a Gold Card.
Dual citizenship?Yes, except with the People’s Republic of China
Citizenship by descentOne of your parents must be a Taiwan citizen

FAQ: Taiwan Visas

Explore these commonly asked questions about getting a Taiwan visa.

How Can I Get a Permanent Residency in Taiwan?

To get a permanent residency in Taiwan, or otherwise the Permanent Alien Residency Card, you must stay in Taiwan for five consecutive years. Moreover, you have to have been physically present in Taiwan for at least 183 days each year.

What Type of Taiwan Visa Will You Choose?

Taiwan has many available visa options. While you may not fit under any of them, you should look around to see what option is your best choice.

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