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General Visa Information

The TRO only accepts visa applications from:

  1. UK /EEA passport holders who reside in the UK
  2. Non-UK / EEA passport holders must provide a valid UK resident visa or resident card.
  • Applicants who are not UK residents must apply for their visas at Overseas Missions of the ROC(Taiwan) in their country of residence.
  • Applicants who reside in North Britain (north of Durham, Cumbria, & Scotland) or the Isle of Man should apply for their visas at Taipei Representative Office in the UK, Edinburgh Office



Visa-Exempt Entry:

Citizens or nationals of the following countries in the link below are currently eligible to travel to Taiwan under the Visa Exemption Program: Bureau of Consular Affairs - Visa-Exempt Entry

Please note that you must meet all the requirements specified in the above information page before travelling to Taiwan.



Entry Permit for citizens from China, Hong Kong, and Macao:

Citizens from China, Hong Kong, and Macao must apply for an Entry Permit instead of a general visa to travel to Taiwan. For more information, please visit: 大陸港澳人士入台許可證申請辦法



ROC Travel Authorization Certificate for citizens of Southeast Asian countries:

Citizens of India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos can apply for the ROC Travel Authorisation Certificate for short-term tourism/business purposes.

For more information, please visit: Online Application for ROC Travel Authorization Certificate



Visa type:

  1. Visitor visa: Duration of staying less than 180 days


  1. Resident visa: Duration of staying more than 180 days with eligible purpose
  • Resident visa is a single entry permit, you must apply for an Alien Resident Card (ARC) and a Re-entry Permit at local service centres of the National Immigration Agency within 15 days of entering Taiwan.
  • A police certificate and a health certificate may be requested upon review of an application for the resident visa. Applicants will be notified of submission.



How to submit your application:

Applicants may submit their visa applications 2-10 weeks prior to their scheduled arrival date.

  1. In person: during opening hours; no appointment needed
  • TRO opening hours: Monday to Friday, 0930am - 1230pm (last entry before 12pm)
  • Excluding bank holidays, Chinese New Year’s Day, and ROC National Day (10th October)
  1. By professional agent or a friend/family member: with agent’s original passport;
  2. By post: For British citizens only



Visa requirements:

1. Application Form
  1. ONLINE APPLICATION FORM for General Visa Applications.
  2. All visa application forms must be filled out online, printed, signed and have a readable barcode on the first page.
2. Two Colour UK Passport Standard Photos Photos must be taken within the past 6 months on a plain white or light grey background and printed on photo paper.
3. Original Passport with One Photocopy
  1. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of submission and with more than one blank visa page.
  2. Applicants who renewed their passport within six months must also provide their previous passport
  3. Passport will be kept in the TRO for reviewing and processing.
4. Original UK Resident Visa with One Photocopy For non-UK/EEA citizens: Original UK resident visa will be kept by the TRO for review
5. Flight Ticket Confirmation (or Reservation) Flight itinerary / reservation must include the applicant’s name and the dates of arrival and departure from Taiwan
6. Proof of Financial Support 
  1. Bank statement must be issued within one month, covering the last 3 months transaction records and include the applicant’s full name; or
  2. Original scholarship certificate issued by the Ministry of Education/Foreign Affairs (for studying Mandarin courses and Fellowship purposes only)
  3. Please prepare one photocopy for our records if applicant requires original bank statement to be returned


7. Additional Supporting Documents
  1. Detailed Information for Supporting Documents 
  2. If the Health Certificate is required for your application, please download here:
8. Payment
  1. Cash: for submission in person only
  2. Postal Order: available from UK post office
  3. Company Cheque: We do not accept personal cheques. 
  4. Please make the postal order/company cheque payable to TRO in the UK  (A cheque with an incorrect account name will not be accepted)
9. Collection
  1. In person with receipt during opening hours
  2. By post (UK address only): Applicant must provide a self-addressed and pre-paid return envelope.

The TRO reserves the right to request additional supporting documents, such as employment letter, school letter, police record or an interview etc., depending on the circumstances of each application after submission.



Fees and processing times:


Visa Type Processing Time Visitor Visa Resident Visa Reciprocal Handling Fees to American Passport Holders
Single Entry 5-7 working days £38 £50 For General Purposes £122
Multiple Entry £76 Not Applicable

The TRO does not guarantee the processing time; individual cases may require longer periods, depending on particular circumstances.



Important information:

  •  If Police Certificate is required for the visa application, applicants must enclose both Police Certificates which is issued by their origin country and by their current residence country (the UK). Both documents must be authenticated by our Taiwan Oversea Offices.



  • Mandarin course students who have been awarded scholarships for 6 months or more from the Ministry of Education / Foreign Affairs must apply for a resident visa.
  • Mandarin course students may submit their resident visa application to the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Taiwan after completing 4 months of study with another 3 months registration for continued study in Taiwan. For more information, please visit: Bureau of Consular Affairs - Visa for Mandarin Learning Purpose


  • Visa issuance is an act of sovereignty. The TRO has the right to withhold disclosure of further explanations regarding visa approval or declination in accordance with laws and international practices. Visa fee is non-refundable.


  • The TRO normally issues Single-Entry Visa. Should there be exceptional circumstances and needs for Multiple-Entry Visa, please submit supporting documents for further consideration, such as cover letter, travel plan, or flight itinerary for the next trip to Taiwan. For business reasons, please provide company statement with the dates of future visit, and a certificate proving business transactions with Taiwanese counterparts.


  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all requirements as specified above have been fulfilled. Applications made without sufficient supporting documents will result in delayed processing times or being denied a visa. Incomplete applications will be returned without processing.


  • The TRO does not accept responsibility for any service not provided by the TRO, such as those by the post office, delivery service providers, agents hired by the applicant etc.




Consular Division
Taipei Representative Office in the UK
50 Grosvenor Gardens

Tel: +44(0)20-7881 2650




Detailed Information for Supporting Documents

Health Certificate

Health Certificate - For Teaching English Purpose Only