Travel ban on foreign nationals
Taiwan has in place a temporary ban on foreign nationals entering Taiwan. However there are certain exceptions, as follows.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced that, from 13 April 2022, foreign relatives of Taiwan citizens and foreign residents in Taiwan, with the exception of migrant workers, are now able to apply for a special entry permit to enter Taiwan. Applicants will be required to complete an online visa application form and to submit the required documentation to the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) for consideration.
In addition, exceptions apply for the following groups: ARC/APRC/Gold Card holders, business travellers, foreign spouses of Taiwan passport holders and their children under the age of 20, foreign relatives of Taiwan passport holders, international students and foreign professors and researchers. Individuals visiting Taiwan for volunteer work, internships, religious work and working holidays can now apply for a special entry permit to enter Taiwan.
All foreign nationals will be required to have obtained the correct entry permissions and a visa before they arrive in Taiwan. Currently there is no set date for when these border measures will be lifted. Exceptions may be made for emergency or humanitarian reasons. You should contact your local Taipei Representative Office for further information. Anyone entering Taiwan will be required to follow the quarantine requirements set out below.
All passengers travelling to Taiwan will be required to follow the quarantine and testing requirements set out below.
Screening on arrival
The Central Epidemic Command Centre has announced that starting from 14 July 2022, holders of Taiwanese passports or an ARC/APRC/Gold Card will no longer be required to undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test in order to enter Taiwan. All other passengers arriving in Taiwan will be required to present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within two calendar days of boarding their flight to Taiwan.
Test Certificates of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR must be issued by a recognised medical institution in the country of departure and include the following information:
- the passenger’s full name as per their passport,
- the date of birth or passport number of the traveller,
- specimen collection date and test report date,
- the virus name, testing method and the test result
Test Certificates are required to be produced in either English or Chinese; however, in situations where the passenger provides a certificate in either French or Spanish, if the certificate is in the official language of the place of departure, and ground personnel of the airline are able to assist with the inspection of the content, the certificate may be accepted.
All passengers arriving in Taiwan will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test using a saliva sample upon arrival before being permitted to proceed to their pre-arranged quarantine facility. If the COVID-19 PCR test comes back positive, passengers undergoing quarantine at their residential property will be notified and permitted to undergo home care at the same location during their quarantine period. Passengers who test positive and are quarantining at a designated quarantine hotel will be notified and transferred to an enhanced epidemic prevention hotel, designated quarantine centre or hospital for further treatment. The decision regarding these arrangements will be made by the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and will depend on the severity of your symptoms.
From 15 June 2022, all passengers arriving in Taiwan from overseas will now be able to choose between taking a quarantine taxi or having a friend or relative pick them up from the airport and take them to their pre-arranged quarantine accommodation.
Anyone found to provide false or incorrect test results, or evade or obstruct the quarantine measures, may face a fine of between NT$10,000 to NT$150,000 and further criminal charges.
Refer to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control for further information regarding Test Exemptions, Test Certificates and COVID-19 test requirements.
You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
Quarantine requirements for passengers arriving in Taiwan
The Central Epidemic Command Centre has announced that starting from 15 June 2022, the mandatory quarantine period for international arrivals in Taiwan will be reduced from 7 to 3 days, followed by a 4 day self-initiated epidemic prevention period (previously called self-health management). There is currently a maximum ceiling set of 40,000 arrivals permitted per week into Taiwan.
You will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test using a saliva sample upon arrival at the airport and a further self-administered rapid COVID-19 test will be required on the last day of your mandatory quarantine. You should submit the result of your rapid COVID-19 test to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) using the instructions provided. The local authorities will cover the costs of the COVID-19 PCR test and the self-administered rapid COVID-19 test.
Passengers who are eligible and choose to complete their mandatory quarantine at their residential property rather than a quarantine hotel or a designated quarantine facility will be required to declare that their residence complies with quarantine requirements.
You should refer to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or contact their helpline on 1922 for further information.
Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) and Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC) holders
If you already hold a valid Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) or Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC), you do not require a visa to enter Taiwan. For more information, you should visit the website of the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If you are in Taiwan you can also contact the ‘Information for Foreigners in Taiwan’ helpline on 0800-024-111.
If you are unsure if you are permitted to enter Taiwan, or you have further questions about entry restrictions and conditions, you should contact your local Taipei Representative Office (TRO) or airline before you attempt to travel. Entry procedures are being regularly reviewed, so may change at short notice.
The Taiwanese authorities announced in March that travellers already in Taiwan who arrived under a visa waiver, visitor visa or landing visa before 21 March 2020, and had not overstayed their entry conditions, would be granted an automatic 30-day extension of their stay. This has now been extended by further 30 day periods. The extension will be applied automatically, no application is required. Your total period of stay, including extensions, cannot exceed 900 days (comprised of 180 days on a visitor visa, plus 24 automatic 30 day extensions). For more information, you should contact the National Immigration Agency (NIA).
If you arrived after 21 March 2020, your maximum stay is determined by your visa. If you wish to stay over 180 days, you may apply to do so if you have a legitimate reason for needing to remain in Taiwan or are unable to leave. Restrictions apply and not all British nationals will be eligible. You cannot apply more than 15 days before the 180 day point. For more information, you should contact the National Immigration Agency (NIA). The British Office is unable to issue letters or endorsements to support any application to remain.
From 10 March 2022, in line with existing arrangements in the UK, UK nationals in Taiwan who hold a Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) visa will be able to apply to switch in Taiwan to a working visa or a visa to study a degree course at undergraduate level or higher.
All applications should be submitted to the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) for consideration. You will then be able to apply for an Alien Resident Card at your local National Immigration Agency (NIA) Service Center once your application has been approved. You should contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs or National Immigration Agency for further information.
If you’re fully vaccinated
If you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter Taiwan providing that you have obtained the correct entry permissions and a visa.
If you’re not fully vaccinated
If you’re not fully vaccinated, you will also be able to enter Taiwan providing that you have obtained the correct entry permissions and a visa. There are currently no additional quarantine or testing requirements for passengers who are not fully vaccinated.
Children and young people
Children under the age of 12 would be subject to the same quarantine requirements as their parents or legal guardians. You can accompany your children if they test positive for COVID-19. Refer to the Taiwan Centers for Diseases Control website or contact their helpline on 1922 for information on testing facilities.
For further information on healthcare in Taiwan, see the Coronavirus section.
If you’re transiting through Taiwan
Transiting is when you pass through one country or territory on the way to your final destination.
From 15 June 2022, international transits will be permitted at airports in Taiwan. The maximum permitted transit time is currently 12 hours. Rules and procedures may change at short notice. For further information, you should contact your airline.
Exemptions to the rules may apply for:
- Close family members of seriously or terminally ill patients
- People attending the funeral of a close family member
- Parents visiting any children who are minors
All foreign nationals will be required to have obtained the correct entry permissions and a visa before they arrive in Taiwan. You should contact your local Taipei Representative Office for further information.
Check your passport and travel documents before you travel
If you are visiting Taiwan your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive.
If you are a resident in Taiwan, your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive.
Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.
These visa rules do not apply at present, please refer to entry rules in response to COVID-19 for the latest information.
You may spend up to 90 days in Taiwan without a visa. You can then extend this by a further 90 days once you have entered Taiwan. If you plan to stay in Taiwan for longer than 180 days you must have a visa before you arrive.
Specific rules exist for naturalised British Citizens born in the People’s Republic of China and holders of British National (Overseas) passports wishing to enter under the visa waiver scheme.
For further information on entry requirements, contact the Taipei Representative Office in London, 50 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0EB, telephone: 020 7881 2650 or in Edinburgh, 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh EH3 7PE, telephone: 01312 206886.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Taiwan.
You should not enter Taiwan with animal products without prior authorisation as those caught smuggling products may face heavy fines. Due to recent reports of African Swine Fever Virus (ASF) in pork products, particularly from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), local authorities have increased quarantine checks and inspections