Complete guide to obtaining an eVisa for Taiwan

A Taiwan (Republic of China- ROC) eVisa is an official entry permit that you can get digitally without applying in person for a visa at a Taiwanese foreign mission. Remember that eVisas are issued for short-term stays such as Taiwan visitor visas, business visas, or tourist visas. The biggest advantage of an eVisa is that you can get it quickly at a low cost compared to a paper-based visa, but not everyone is eligible for an electronic permit. 

Taiwan eVisa Eligible Countries

If you are a citizen of the following countries, you can apply for an eVisa to Taiwan: 

Bosnia and HerzegovinaKuwait Saudi Arabia
Burkina FasoMauritius Solomon Islands
DominicaOmanUnited Arab Emirates
Ecuador Panama
Kiribati Peru

Can I Apply for a Taiwan eVisa if My Country Is Not on the Eligible List?

Yes, you can still  apply for a Taiwan eVisa if you meet the following criteria: 

  • Taiwan invites you to attend an international conference, a sporting event, trade fairs or other organized events sponsored by the ROC (excluding Chinese citizens). 
  • You are a part of a tourist group under the “Project for Simplifying Visa Regulations for High-end Group Tourists from South East Asian Countries” organized by one of the following countries: 
    • India 
    • Indonesia 
    • Vietnam 
    • Myanmar
    • Cambodia 
    • Laos 
  • You are travelling to ROC to do business with the recommendation of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, and you are from one of the following countries:
    • India 
    • Sri Lanka
    • Bangladesh 
    • Nepal 
    • Bhutan
    • Pakistan  
    • Iran 

Taiwan eVisa Requirements 

You usually need to have only a valid passport when you submit your eVisa application for Taiwan; your passport has to be valid for at least six months when you apply. 

However, depending on your purpose of travel and your nationality, a ROC mission overseas may ask you to submit additional documents- make sure you submit the required documents at the specified timeframe or your application will be rejected.

Taiwan eVisa Application Process

You can apply for a Taiwan eVisa by following the instructions listed below: 

  1. Open a personal email account. 
  2. Go to the official website of a ROC mission in your country. 
  3. Fill in the online application form. 
  4. Pay the application fee.
  5. Print out the visa. 

Open an Email Account

If you don’t have an active email account, then you have to open one since you will receive all communications from the visa website in your email. However, if you do have an account, there is no need to open a new one as long as it’s active and you can access it with no issues. 

Go to the Offical Website of an Official ROC Mission in Your Country 

If you are from an eligible country for a Taiwan eVisa, then you can find the eVisa application link on the official website of a Taiwan mission in your country. If you are not from an eligible country, but you still meet the criteria for an eVisa, you can find the eVisa application form here.  

Fill In the Online Application Form 

Once you find the online application, you can start filling out the required information. First, make sure you select the correct visa (visitor, tourist, business, etc.), and then you can continue with the application. 

It’s essential to keep in mind that you must submit the same information that is in your travel document; if any details do not match, your application will be rejected. So, write your name and personal data precisely as it is your passport. 

Pay the Application Fee 

You have to pay the visa fee online before your application is processed. After you fill out your application, there will be a section for the payment; the ROC accepts only payment by credit card (Visa/MasterCard/ JCB), no other payment method is accepted. However, someone else can pay for your visa on your behalf. 

Print Out the Visa 

When your eVisa is approved, the visa system of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) will send you an email with a link containing your eVisa. Download the eVisa and take the printout with you since you must present it at border patrol when you enter Taiwan.

Taiwan eVisa Cost

A Taiwan eVisa costs $57.68, but together with the processing fee of $1.60, the full payment is $59.28. However, if you are from the following countries, you do not have to pay an application fee for the eVisa: 

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Colombia 
  • Kiribati 
  • Kosovo 
  • Mauritius 
  • Montenegro 
  • Panama 
  • Peru 
  • Solomon Islands 
  • Turkey

Please keep in mind that the visa fee is non-refundable if your visa is rejected. Even if you do not use your visa after paying the application fee, the payment is still non-refundable. 

When Should I Apply for My Taiwan eVisa?

The ROC recommends that you apply for your electronic visa at least 7 days before you plan on travelling to Taiwan. 

How Long Is a Taiwan eVisa Valid For?

An electronic visa issued by Taiwan is valid for 30 days in three months. Therefore, you have 3 months from the issuance date to enter the country and use your visa. 

Can I Extend a Taiwan eVisa?

No, you cannot extend your Taiwan eVisa, this permit is issued for 30 days only and with a single entry- after your visa expires, if you want,  you can re-apply for another one. 

Can I Apply With Family Members?

No, you cannot submit a joint application with your family members. Every person who is accompanying you to Taiwan has to apply separately for their eVisa. 

Can I Apply for a Taiwan eVisa From the Philippines? 

Yes, you can still apply for an eVisa to Taiwan if you are from the Philippines. However, this agreement is valid up toJul 31, 2021; since its first trial year, the ROC has extended this option, and it may choose to remove the eVisa category for Filipinos in the future. 

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