Applying for a visa to enter Taiwan (R.O.C.) isn’t a difficult process. And for many people interested in visiting the island, there’s no process at all — you just need to buy a plane ticket.
Whether you’re a student wanting to spend a semester in Taipei, a business person looking to explore a new market, or a traveler simply trying to get your hands on some soup dumplings, we’ll show you how to get the correct Taiwan visa so you can enjoy your time in Taiwan.
Table of Contents
- Travelers from Hong Kong & Macao
- Can everyone get a visa to visit Taiwan?
- Visa exempt countries (Landing Visas)
- Different Types of Entry Visas
- Taiwan visa application forms
Special Note for Hong Kong & Macao Residents
Hong Kong and Macao have a unique relationship with Taiwan, and this relationship influences the visa status (and visa / immigration investment opportunities) for Hong Kong and Macao permanent residents holding BN(O) passports, Macao Special Administrative Region passports, and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports.
If you’re a Chinese or British National (Overseas) with permanent residency in Hong Kong or Macao, you have two main options for visa entry into Taiwan:
- Pay NTD $300 (about $10 USD) for an Exit & Entry permit when you arrive at a Taiwanese airport
- Apply online for free before your trip (if your trip will be shorter than 30 days)
Note that if you have a passport from another country, you must comply with that country’s visa requirements. Contact your local immigration office to make sure you avoid any visa issues before getting on a plane to Taiwan.
Another interesting (and unique) visa opportunity for permanent residents of Macao and Hong Kong is to move to Taiwan permanently with a Taiwan investment visa. By investing NTD $6 million (roughly $200,000 USD) in a non-public company, you can become a Taiwanese citizen within three years through immigration investment.
Citizenship entails voting privileges, healthcare, and everything else associated with being a full citizen of Taiwan.
If you’re a passport holder from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, or Iraq, you are not eligible for a visa to enter Taiwan unless you meet these special visa requirements.
Otherwise, you can:
- apply for a visa based on the requirements of your country
- receive a landing visa at immigration in the Taiwanese airport you land in (the length of this visa depends on what passport you hold)
Taiwan has a generous landing visa policy for citizens of certain countries. If you live in one of the following countries and hold their passport, you don’t need to apply for a visa unless you plan to stay for a longer period of time.
Countries with 90-day Landing Visas< name=”landingvisa”>
- All members of the European Union (EU)
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United States
- Vatican City
Countries with 30-day Landing Visas
- The Dominican Republic
- Saint Kitts & Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Note: if you’re from Turkey, you need to apply for your visa in the airport after arriving in Taiwan.
Countries with 21-day Landing Visas
If you’re a Russian passport holder, you must have contact details of someone in Taiwan or a hotel reservation to receive your landing visa.
Countries with 14-day Landing Visas
Requirements for Different Types of Taiwan Visas
If you’re not from one of the previously listed countries, there are other ways to enter Taiwan.
Simply put, eVisas are visas you sort out online — no busy trips to your local embassy required.
Unlike landing visas, eVisas must be applied for and accepted before you can enter the country. If you’re from one of the following countries, you can create your eVisa and soon be eligible to enter Taiwan.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- The Philippines
- Saudi Arabia
- Solomon Islands
- United Arab Emirates
There are several ways to enter Taiwan as a foreign professional.
One method is by applying for an Employment Gold Card, as outlined in Article 8 of Taiwan’s Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals legislation.
Restricted to foreign white collar workers, recipients of this special business visa can live in the country for one to three years, and are entitled to a variety of benefits, including being able to bring their spouses and children overseas to reside in Taiwan.
There’s also the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card, which entitles holders to 90-day landing visas.
You can also receive temporary business visas if you’ve been invited by a government agency for the sake of conducting business, or are attending a conference or international meeting sponsored by a Taiwanese organization.
If you’re looking to apply for a visa as an entrepreneur in Taiwan, you can also do so if you meet requirements set by the Taiwanese government, which are fairly low if you have the capital.
The easiest ways to qualify would be to attract NTD $2 million investment from a professional investor or to get accepted to an approved business incubator. Taiwan is known for its educated workforce and low cost of living, so it’s definitely not a bad place to set up shop as an entrepreneur.
And as mentioned earlier, there are also investment immigration visa opportunities for people from Hong Kong and Macao that are simply unavailable to citizens from other countries. With $6 million NTD, immigrants from these areas can receive full citizenship by investing.
If you’re from one of the following countries and are young enough (age depending on your particular country), you could be eligible for a working holiday visa to Taiwan.
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
To apply for Taiwan Visas, visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website for the various visas:
To apply for a Taiwan resident visa for Investors, contact us and we can help with the whole process from start to finish. We specialize in helping permanent residents from Hong Kong and Macau.