Visas for Taiwan

Visa for Taiwan

How to get a Visa for Taiwan?

Taiwan 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.

Contents

  • How to get a Visa for Taiwan?
  • Taiwan Resident Visa
  • Taiwan Tourist Visa
  • eVisa for Taiwan
  • How INS Global can help you

Taiwan Resident Visa

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:

  • Undertaking employment;
  • Fulfilling official duties;
  • Investing;
  • Conducting missionary duties;
  • Accompanying family;
  • Undertaking studies;
  • Participating in an international exchange program; or
  • Participating in activities approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Basic requirements for a Taiwan Resident visa:

  1. A passport valid for at least 6 months; 
  2. A fully completed application form with 2 passport size color photos that were taken within the past 6 months;
  3. Supporting documents or any official letters of approval from a competent authority of Taiwan;
  4. Any other relevant documentation; and
  5. A health certificate (if applicable).

Additional information

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.

Visa application process

In order to obtain Resident Visa, an applicant must:

  1. Submit a visa application to one of the Taiwan overseas missions;
    • A consular officer will then examine the application and, if necessary, request an interview.
    • The consular officer will then approve or reject the application.
  2. If approved, the Visa application is then submitted to the Bureau of Consular Affairs for further examination;
    • A consular officer will examine the application, and if necessary, request an interview.
    • If accepted, they notify the overseas mission to issue the visa.
  3. The applicant then enters the Taiwan with the resident visa;
  4. Within 15 days the applicant must go to a local service center of the NIA and apply for an ARC and a re-entry permit; and
  5. Thereafter, an applicant must extend the validity of ARC and re-entry permit, before they expire, at a local center of the NIA.

**Note the same process applies if a person is already in Taiwan, however they do not have to complete the first step.

Taiwan Tourist Visa

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:

  • Transit;
  • Tourism;
  • Visiting relatives;
  • Inspection tours;
  • Attending international conferences;
  • Short-term studies;
  • Conducting business;
  • Short-term employment;
  • Short-term missionary work; or
  • Activities approved by MOFA.

Basic requirements for a Taiwan Tourist visa:

  1. A passport valid for at least 6 months; 
  2. A fully completed application form with 2 passport size color photos that were taken within the past 6 months;
  3. An outbound airline ticket or proof of purchase of a steamship ticket;
  4. Documents verifying the nature of the visit; and
  5. Any other relevant documentation.

Visa application process

In order to obtain Tourist Visa, an applicant must:

  1. Submit a visa application to one of the Taiwan overseas missions;
    • a consular officer will then examine the application and, if necessary, request an interview.
    • If a case requires further review it will then be referred to the Bureau of Consular Affairs for approval.
  2. If approved, a guarantor in Taiwan submits a ‘letter of guarantee’ to the Bureau of Consular affairs, for the visa application;
  3. The Taiwan overseas mission is then notified to issue the visa; and
  4. The holder of the visa must enter Taiwan before the visa expires.

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.   

Additional information

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.

eVisa for Taiwan

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:

  • Tourism;
  • Business;
  • visiting relatives; or
  • Attending a conference or sporting event.

Requirements for a Taiwan eVisa:

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.

Visa application process

  • An applicant must submit the required personal information and pay the eVisa fee online, by credit card;
  • An overseas Taiwan mission may request additional documents be submitted within a specific time (depending on the nature of the visit and the nationality of the applicant);
  • If an eVisa application has been approved, an email containing a link to download the eVisa will be sent to the applicant; and
  • The eVisa holder is then required to present a physical copy of the eVisa, at the immigration checkpoint upon arrival in Taiwan.

Additional information

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.

How INS Global can help you

If you are considering doing business in Taiwan but you are not entirely sure how to get started, we have you covered. Our team of experts can assist your business to enter the Taiwan market and begin operations, without the complicated administrative process. INS Global provides fast, efficient service and is well established as the premium Professional Employment Organization (PEO) in Asia. If you’re ready to expand into Taiwan, get in touch with us today and let INS Global assist your business increase its global presence.

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