Includes information on what is needed to travel to the country/economy.
Last Published: 10/10/2018

U.S. passport holders who wish to enter Taiwan as a tourist or short-term visitor (less than 90 days) do not need a visa.  No extensions or changes of status are permitted.  The U.S. passport must be valid throughout the intended length of stay and the traveler must hold a confirmed return or onward air ticket.  For stays longer than 90 days or plan to work or join family, a Taiwan visa is required prior to traveling.  The processing fee for a Taiwan tourist/business visa is USD $160.  U.S. investors and their immediate family members may qualify for a residency visa or a five-year, multiple-entry visitor visa with 60-day duration of stay, the fee for which is USD $205.  Visit the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO)’s website for the most current non-resident visa information.
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO)
4201 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-2137
Telephone:  (202) 895-1800 (Main Number)
Facsimile:  (202) 363-0999 (Main Number)
Telephone:  (202) 895-1814 (Consular Division)
Facsimile:  (202) 895-0017 (Consular Division)
Email:  or
For Emergencies:  (202) 669-0180
TECO (Taipei Economic and Cultural Office) also has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Guam, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Resident Visas are generally issued to applicants with valid work permits or those married to Taiwan nationals.  When applying for a resident visa, applicants must submit supporting documents or official letters of approval from a competent authority in Taiwan, together with completed application forms.  Normally, foreign nationals submit applications through their domestic Taiwan agents, representatives, or affiliates of their firms.  A resident visa does NOT automatically convey permission to work in Taiwan.  To legally work in Taiwan, a foreigner must generally possess both a work permit and a resident visa.  Taiwan residence visas are managed by the local Bureau of Consular affairs and work permits are issued by the Workforce Development Agency under the Ministry of Labor.
Additional details about Taiwan visas, including current fees.
For additional information about renewing a U.S. passport or other services for U.S. citizens in Taiwan, please visit the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT)’s website.
Companies that require travel of non-U.S. citizen employees to the United States should be advised that security evaluations are handled via an interagency process.
Under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), eligible Taiwan passport holders are able to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa, if certain requirements are met.  VWP travelers must first receive travel authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) (if travel by air or sea), and must meet all eligibility requirements in advance of travel.
Applicants for U.S. visas should go to the following links.
State Department Visa Website.

U.S. Visas.

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