Taiwan (ROC)

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Region: East Asia

Pandemic Travel Alert

CLOSED TO LEISURE TRAVEL

Updated: 2021-01-13

Entry

General Policy
  1. Starting 19 March 2020, entry denied to all travellers. Holders of Taiwan passport, Taiwan Resident Certificate, or special permits are excepted and allowed entry.
  2. Starting 29 June 2020, travellers seeking entry for reasons other than tourism and regular social visits may apply for a special entry permit with an R.O.C. overseas mission.
  3. Starting 1 January 2021, travellers transiting through Taiwan are temporarily prohibited.
Sources:
  1. Bureau of Consular Affairs 【Important Announcement】
  2. Bureau of Consular Affairs
  3. "From June 25, transit passengers are allowed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport with thorough route and monitoring measures in place to prevent coronavirus spread"
Travel For Study
  • Starting 29 June 2020, students and people wishing to study Mandarin may apply for a special entry permit with an R.O.C. overseas mission. Applications will be handled by the Ministry of Education.

(Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs 【Important Announcement】)

Medical Travel
  • Starting 1 January 2021, acceptance of entry applications for international medical care purpose has been suspended, with exceptions for special or emergency medical care cases.

(Source: "CECC imposes entry restrictions and quarantine measures for non-R.O.C. nationals starting from January 1, 2021, and tightens quarantine measures for travelers coming to Taiwan starting on January 15, 2021" )

Entry Requirements

(Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs )

Visa
  1. Current entry control measures for foreign nationals are based on their purpose of visit and do not supplant original visa treatment privileges. However, whether foreign nationals may visit Taiwan visa free or on a landing visa during the pandemic period will depend on the boarding regulations and policies adopted by individual airline companies.
  2. The Travel Authorization Certificate program, however, is an exception. As it aims to provide nationals of Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam with a convenient visa-waiver mechanism to visit Taiwan for the purpose of tourism, it does not meet the requirements for a special entry permit. Thus, during the pandemic period, nationals from these countries may not use the Travel Authorization Certificate to visit Taiwan and must apply for a visa.
Testing
  1. Starting 1 December 2020, a COVID-19 nucleic acid test report taken within three working days of boarding the flight to Taiwan is required for entry or transit. Travellers who hold Taiwan passports or residency certificates and are in any of the following categories can be exempted from this requirement:
    • Travellers arriving for emergency situations: for example, attending a funeral, visiting a relative with serious illness, or seeking emergency medical treatment
    • Travellers arriving from a country where self-paid COVID-19 tests are not available
    • Travellers arriving for approved necessary and short-term official business or business purposes
    • Travellers who depart from Taiwan and return within 3 days
    • Children aged 0-6 years old
    • Travellers with overdue RT-PCR test reports as a result of flight cancellations
    • Companions of travellers applying for entry for emergency situations
    Travellers without a valid COVID-19 test report and who do not hold a Taiwan passport or residency certificate will be denied boarding. Other non-exempt travellers checking in without a valid COVID-19 test report:
    • Shall sit in a designated area on the flight as arranged by the airline, and shall be tested at their own expense upon arrival.
    • Are subject to a fine between NT$10,000 to NT$150,000.
    • Are subject to criminal liability, if diagnosed with COVID-19 and are at risk of infecting others.
    (Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control initial press release and update)
  2. Short-term business travellers seeking shortened home quarantine periods and travellers permitted entry for the purpose of receiving medical care must also undergo COVID-19 testing after the home quarantine period ends.
  3. Starting 9 November 2020, travellers arriving from the Philippines are no longer subject to special testing and quarantine requirements (that were in effect from 26 July 2020). (Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control)
Data Collection
  1. Foreign nationals must complete the “Quarantine System for Entry” online form on their cellphones prior to boarding.
  2. Passenger information is integrated into the “Digital Fencing Tracking System”. Using mobile phone positioning system, if the system detects that a quarantined traveller has left the quarantine area, it will send an alert message to the individual, civil affairs departments, health departments and local police. (Source: Ministry of Health and Welfare)
Quarantine
  1. Starting 19 March 2020, all travellers who are granted entry, regardless of their country of origin, are required to be under quarantine for 14 days upon entry.
  2. Starting 15 January 2021, arriving travellers shall also provide proof of the place of quarantine. In principle, the place shall be a group quarantine facility or quarantine hotel; those who choose to undergo quarantine at home shall make an affidavit to declare they have met the requirement of one person per residence. (Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control)
  3. Starting 14 January 2021, travellers who travelled to South Africa or Eswatini in the past 14 days are required to undergo quarantine at group quarantine facilities after entry. (Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control)
  4. Starting 23 December 2020, travellers who travelled to the UK in the past 14 days are required to undergo quarantine at group quarantine facilities after entry. (Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control)
  5. Starting 20 November 2020, Indonesian migrant workers are required to undergo quarantine at group quarantine facilities after entry. (Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control)
  6. Travellers permitted entry for the purpose of receiving medical care who require urgent medical care may be admitted to a designated ward or negative pressure isolation ward in the medical institution which they originally planned to visit. They shall receive their planned medical treatment after one negative test result and be given care according to the standards for caring COVID-19 suspected cases during the 14 day quarantine.
  7. Starting 9 November 2020, travellers arriving from the Philippines are no longer subject to special testing and quarantine requirements (that were in effect from 26 July 2020). (Source: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control)
Insurance
  • A health insurance certificate is required for travellers seeking entry for the purpose of receiving medical care

Exit

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Other

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Pre-pandemic visa rules

Requirements

Passport Validity
Valid for the intended period of stay
Other Documents
A confirmed return air/sea ticket or air/sea ticket and a visa for the next destination, and a confirmed seat reservation for the departure flight
Transit
- Holders of confirmed onward tickets for same calendar day are permitted transit without visa in international transit area.
- Passengers arriving after midnight must be escorted by the carrier to the transit hotel. If passengers wish to stay in the transit lounge, permission from the National Immigration Agency must be obtained. Before the passengers' arrival, the receiving carrier must be advised of the passengers' names, connecting flight number and destination.
- Transit hotel is only available for Eva Airways (BR) and China Airlines (CI) passengers.
Dual Nationality
If you have Taiwan/U.S. dual nationality, you must enter/exit Taiwan on your Taiwan passport and enter/exit the United States on your U.S. passport.
U.S. policy on dual nationality can be found here.

Additional Notes

  1. The duration of stay is 90 days and starts from the day after arrival. Stay is not extendable.
  2. US nationals who possess a passport, including emergency passports, valid for the intended period of stay are eligible for visa-exempt entry.
  3. Japanese nationals who possess a passport valid for the intended period of stay are eligible for visa-exempt entry.
  4. Eswatini or Tuvalu passports with place of birth recorded on the passport data page as : Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, the People's Republic of China, Syria and Yemen are ineligible for the visa exemption.
  5. Honduran passports with place of birth recorded on the passport data page as the People’s Republic of China are ineligible for the visa exemption.
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