Entry requirements

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Taiwan set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Travel ban on foreign nationals

The authorities have announced a temporary ban on foreign nationals entering, or transiting, Taiwan, with the exception of residents, foreign spouses of Taiwan passport holders and their children under the age of 20, international students, foreign professors and researchers. All foreign nationals will be required to have obtained the correct entry permissions and a visa before they arrive in Taiwan. Currently there is no set date for when these border measures will be lifted. Exceptions may be made for emergency or humanitarian reasons. Contact your local Taipei Representative Office for further information.

Anyone entering Taiwan will be required to follow the quarantine requirements set out below.

Quarantine requirements for passengers arriving in Taiwan from the UK and other listed countries

All passengers arriving directly from 5 designated countries, the UK, India, Myanmar, Israel and Indonesia, or those who have been in one of these countries in the preceding 14 days, are required to complete their mandatory 14 day quarantine at a designated quarantine facility. The cost of the quarantine will be covered by the Taiwanese authorities.

Passengers will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at the quarantine facility and one day before the end of their mandatory 14 day quarantine period. A positive test will mean hospitalisation. A further self-administered rapid COVID-19 test will be required between the sixth and seventh day of the self-health management period. The result of this test should be submitted to the CECC via the instructions provided. For passengers who arrived in Taiwan on or before 3 October 2021, you will be required to complete the self-administered rapid COVID-19 test between the 10th and 12th day of your quarantine. You will not be required to complete a further self-administered rapid COVID-19 test during your self-health management period.

This applies to all nationalities and is irrespective of the purpose of travel. An additional 7 day self-health management period is required for all passengers who have completed their quarantine.

Quarantine requirements for passengers arriving in Taiwan from non-listed countries

Passengers arriving into Taiwan from anywhere else will be required to complete their mandatory 14 day quarantine at a quarantine hotel or a designated quarantine facility and will be required to pay for this. Travellers arriving into Taiwan will not be able to quarantine in their own residence.

All passengers will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at the airport and a second test will be required upon finishing their mandatory 14 day quarantine. A further self-administered rapid COVID-19 test will be required between the sixth and seventh day of their self-health management period. The result of this test should be submitted to the CECC via the instructions provided. For passengers who arrived in Taiwan on or before 3 October 2021, you will be required to complete the self-administered rapid COVID-19 test between the 10th and 12th day of your quarantine. You will not be required to complete a further self-administered rapid COVID-19 test during your self-health management period.The costs of these COVID-19 PCR tests and the home-based rapid COVID-19 test will be covered by the local authorities.

All passengers arriving in Taiwan will be required to take designated transport to their quarantine location. Public transport and other means of travel are prohibited.

You should refer to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for further information regarding entry and quarantine requirements in Taiwan. A link to the CDC’s FAQ page can be found on the CDC website.

The Taiwanese authorities have provided the following information about the quarantine centres:

  • Quarantine centres are designated locations selected by the Central Epidemic Command Centre (CECC). Designated locations include: Government owned facilities, student dorms and hotels. There are currently a total of 43 quarantine centres located across northern, central and southern Taiwan
  • Upon arrival in Taiwan, transportation will be arranged by the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Costs for travellers in the UK programme will be paid for by the Taiwan authorities
  • All travellers in the UK programme will be transferred to a Quarantine Centre designated by the CECC, and will not be able to request a specific location or room
  • Quarantine centres provide 3 meals per day. Meals will be delivered to people’s rooms and consumed there
  • You will not be allowed to leave your room or go into another individual’s room during this period. In a case of an emergency, all individuals must follow the instructions provided by the quarantine centre
  • In principle, only 1 person is allowed per room. For young children under the age of 12, and individuals who may require health and medical care, one family member would be allowed to stay in the same room with this individual, however, masks must be worn at all times. Requests for exemptions will be reviewed by the quarantine centre in question
  • Relatives are not allowed to have physical contact with any individual during quarantine; however, they would be able to deliver packages to the individual by handing this to the reception staff at the quarantine centre. This would then be passed to the individual
  • Passengers are not permitted to bring any pets into the quarantine facility
  • Due to safety concerns the following items are not accepted: fresh products including fruit and vegetables, high power-consuming electronic appliances and other dangerous items such as lighters and knifes. Alcohol consumption and smoking is prohibited in the quarantine centre
  • Room facilities: all rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, a kettle and a television
  • Upon departure from the quarantine centre, all passengers are required to make their own further travel arrangements

If you have any questions regarding the quarantine centres, contact the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Screening on arrival

All passengers arriving or transiting in Taiwan are required to present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test in order to be able to board their flight to Taiwan. Any exemption due to exceptional circumstances will require prior approval before departure. This test needs to have taken place within three working days before the date of departure. Test Certificates of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR must be issued by a recognised medical institution in the country of departure and include the following information:

  • the passenger’s full name as per their passport,
  • the date of birth or passport number of the traveller,
  • specimen collection date and test report date,
  • the virus name, testing method and the test result.

Test Certificates are required to be produced in either English or Chinese; however, in situations where the passenger provides a certificate in either French or Spanish, if the certificate is in the official language of the place of departure, and ground personnel of the airline are able to assist with the inspection of the content, the certificate may be accepted.

Any passenger who presents COVID-19 symptoms will be required to complete a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

Anyone found to provide false or incorrect test results, or evade or obstruct the quarantine measures, may face a fine of between NT$10,000 to NT$150,000 and further criminal charges.

Refer to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control for further information regarding Test Exemptions, Test Certificates and COVID-19 test requirements.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) and Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC) holders

If you already hold a valid Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) or Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC), you do not require a visa to enter Taiwan. For more information, you should visit the website of the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If you are in Taiwan you can also contact the ‘Information For Foreigners In Taiwan’ helpline on 0800-024-111.

If you are unsure if you are permitted to enter Taiwan, or you have further questions about entry restrictions and conditions, you should contact your local Taipei Representative Office (TRO) or airline before you attempt to travel. Entry procedures are being regularly reviewed, so may change at short notice.

Visa extensions

The Taiwanese authorities announced in March that travellers already in Taiwan who arrived under a visa waiver, visitor visa or landing visa before 21 March 2020, and had not overstayed their entry conditions, would be granted an automatic 30-day extension of their stay. This has now been extended by further 30 day periods. The extension will be applied automatically, no application is required. Your total period of stay, including extensions, cannot exceed 660 days (comprised of 180 days on a visitor visa, plus 16 automatic 30 day extensions). For more information, you should contact the National Immigration Agency (NIA).

If you arrived after 21 March 2020, your maximum stay is determined by your visa. If you wish to stay over 180 days, you may apply to do so if you have a legitimate reason for needing to remain in Taiwan or are unable to leave. Restrictions apply and not all British nationals will be eligible. You cannot apply more than 15 days before the 180 day point. For more information, you should contact the National Immigration Agency (NIA). The British Office is unable to issue letters or endorsements to support any application to remain.

Transiting Taiwan

Due to COVID-19 related border restrictions, foreign nationals are not currently permitted to transit in Taiwan. Rules and procedures may change at short notice. For further information, you should contact your airline or travel

Regular entry requirements

Visas

These visa rules do not apply at present, please refer to entry rules in response to COVID-19 for the latest information.

You may spend up to 90 days in Taiwan without a visa. You can then extend this by a further 90 days once you have entered Taiwan. If you plan to stay in Taiwan for longer than 180 days you must have a visa before you arrive.

Specific rules exist for naturalised British Citizens born in the People’s Republic of China and holders of British National (Overseas) passports wishing to enter under the visa waiver scheme.

For further information on entry requirements, contact the Taipei Representative Office in London, 50 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0EB, telephone: 020 7881 2650 or in Edinburgh, 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh EH3 7PE, telephone: 01312 206886.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Taiwan.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Taiwan. If you’re entering Taiwan using an Emergency Travel Document (ETD), you must apply for a visit visa before travelling (unless you’re travelling from mainland China, in which case you can get a visa on arrival).

Customs regulations

You should not enter Taiwan with animal products without prior authorisation as those caught smuggling products may face heavy fines. Due to recent reports of African Swine Fever Virus (ASF) in pork products, particularly from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), local authorities have increased quarantine checks and inspections