TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Monday, Sept. 12, Taiwan reinstated visa-free processing for visitors from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and diplomatic allies, partially ending a travel ban in effect since the early stages of the pandemic on March 19, 2020.
On September 5, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that visa-free entry to Taiwan for visitors from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and countries maintaining Diplomatic relations would resume on September 12. However, quarantine regulations and testing on arrival will remain in place and the quota on arrival will be limited to 50,000 incoming passengers per week.
Director General of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA), Phoebe Yeh (葉非比), said that visa-free visitors from the mentioned countries and regions can engage in business, exhibitions, fact-finding missions, international exchanges, tourist visits, family visits and social visits without the need to apply for a permit. If they wish to engage in other activities, it is necessary to obtain prior permission from a central government body that oversees these activities.
If visitors wish to stay in Taiwan longer than the standard visa-free period or engage in activities such as proselytizing or delivering Dharma sermons that require a qualifying examination, they must apply for a special entry permit. at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Business in advance.
BOCA on September 6 released the Complete list countries eligible for the Visa Waiver Program with a length of stay up to 90 days:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Eswatini*, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras*, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia , Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands*, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia* (effective until March 31, 2025), Norway, Palau, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tuvalu*, United Kingdom, United States of America* and Vatican City State.
Nationals of these four diplomatic allies of Taiwan are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program with a length of stay of up to 90 days:
Belize*, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis*, Saint Lucia*, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
However, the following countries have been “temporarily suspended” from the Visa Waiver Program, which means that citizens of these countries are not yet eligible for visa-free entry to Taiwan:
Chile, Dominican Republic, Israel, Japan*, Republic of Korea, Nicaragua, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand*, Brunei*, Philippines*, Russia*
*Please visit BOCA Visa-free entry web page for more information on eligibility.