Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China (ROC), is one of Asia’s most intriguing destinations. It is rich in culture, incredibly safe and also possesses a highly developed and dynamic economy. Due to its focus on innovation, Taiwan is a major attraction to foreign specialists who wish to gain valuable experience and a deeper understanding of the Asian marketplace. Whether it be for work, business or tourism; Taiwan is a great destination. This guide outlines the different visa options available to those interested in traveling or moving to Taiwan.
The Taiwan Resident Visa applies to foreign nationals, with valid passports or other legal travel documentation, who intend to live in Taiwan for a period of more than 6 months, for the purpose of:
A Taiwan Resident Visa is valid for a period of 3 months. All Resident Visa holders are required to apply for an ‘Alien Resident Certificate’ (ARC) and Re-entry Permit at a National Immigration Agency (NIA) service center within 15 days, starting from the day after they arrive. Resident Visa holders may stay in Taiwan as long as their ARC remain valid.
A foreign national who has entered Taiwan with a Visitor Visa and thereafter he/she gains legal employment in Taiwan, may directly change their Visitor Visa into a Resident Visa in Taiwan. The aforementioned regulation does not apply to those foreign nationals who enter Taiwan via the visa exemption program, those with a landing visa or blue collar workers.
In order to obtain Resident Visa, an applicant must:
**Note the same process applies if a person is already in Taiwan, however they do not have to complete the first step.
The Taiwan Tourist visa applies to foreign nationals, with valid passports or other legal travel documentation, who intend to stay in Taiwan for less than 6 months for the purpose of:
In order to obtain Tourist Visa, an applicant must:
Note: A visa holder whose visa bears the stamp “No Extension” may not apply for an extension, unless a request for changing to an extendable visa is granted by the Bureau of Consular Affairs (the process to change a visa takes at least 3 working days).
A visa holder of a 60-day stay visa whose visa does not bear the stamp “No Extension” Can apply for two 60 day extensions (maximum) at a local NIA service center.
For Foreign nationals from countries who have entered into reciprocal visa agreements with Taiwan, the validity of their Visitor visas will be decided according to those agreements. For other foreign nationals, a Visitor visa would generally be valid for a period of 3 months to 1 year. Regarding duration of stay, depending on the visa permissions, the allocated time is 14, 30, 60 or 90 days. Visitor visa holders who are allowed to stay in Taiwan for either 60 or 90 days and whose visas do not bear the stamp “no extension will be granted” may apply for an extension of 90 or 120 days (maximum) at a NIA local service center.
Foreign nationals of certain countries are eligible to apply for an eVisa if they meet the relevant criteria. In Taiwan, eVisas are only granted for the purposes of:
An eVisa applicant must be a holder of an ordinary, official or diplomatic passport which is valid for at least 6 months as of the intended date of entry into Taiwan.
An eVisa is valid for 3 months starting from the date of issue. The eVisa is a single entry visa, with a maximum duration of 30 days, which a holder cannot extend or convert to another type of visa.
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