Foreign travel advice


Important COVID-19 travel guidance

From 5 November to 2 December 2020, travelling away from home, including internationally, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or for education. Different rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You must follow all the rules that apply to you.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides guidance on COVID and non-COVID risks overseas. The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to many countries and territories on the basis of COVID risks. You should check the travel advice for your destination.

Travel disruption is possible worldwide. Other countries may bring in new measures with little notice such as border closures, movement restrictions or quarantine rules. Travellers should be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned.

Entry requirements

The information on this page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.

The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to 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)

Entry to Taiwan

From 9 November all passengers arriving into Taiwan must declare if they have had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days. If you report symptoms you must have a PCR test at the airport or a hospital immediately after entry into Taiwan. If you test negative you must have a second test after 24 hours. You will have to wait for both results at a designated quarantine centre. If you have two negative results you will be able to leave the quarantine centre and carry out your 14 day self-isolation at your home, if appropriate, or in a designated quarantine hotel. A positive test will mean hospitalisation.

From 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021 all passengers, regardless of nationality or travel purpose, 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.

The test needs to have taken place within 72 hours before their 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.

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.

Foreign nationals are permitted to enter Taiwan provided they are not entering for tourism or to visit friends. There are currently no visa waivers for visitors to Taiwan. Before you travel you should apply for a visa to enter Taiwan. This can be done at the Taipei Representative Office (TRO) in the country from which you plan to travel. The rules on who can enter Taiwan may change at short notice, so you should contact the TRO for the latest information.

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.

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, 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 180 days. For more information, you should contact the National Immigration Agency (NIA).

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.

Quarantine requirements

All airline passengers entering Taiwan are required to fill in a health declaration which includes travel history for the preceding 14 days.

On arrival in Taiwan you are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days. Local authorities monitor those self-isolating, and there are financial penalties for anyone breaching the law.

In addition to completing a health declaration on arrival, you may be asked to install a local SIM card if you do not already have one. Mobile phone location monitoring will be used as part of the quarantine management process by local authorities.

You will be required to provide temperature and health status updates to local authorities during self-isolation.

Travellers from countries and territories that are designated as low risk by the local authorities may be permitted to self-isolate for a period less than 14 days. You should check the current regulations before you travel with the Taipei Representative Office (TRO) in the country you plan to travel from. Travellers from the United Kingdom are required to complete the 14-day quarantine period.

Transiting Taiwan

Foreign passengers, including people from Hong Kong and Macau, are allowed to transit through Taoyuan International Airport. Holders of People’s Republic of China (PRC) passports are not be permitted to transit in Taiwan.

Those transiting will need to board connecting flights of the same airline company they fly in on. Transits must last less than 8 hours. Transit passengers, who need to wait for more than one hour, will remain separate from other passengers and stay in a separate area.

Rules and procedures may change at short notice. Not all airlines are permitted to transit through Taiwan. For further information, you should contact your airline or travel provider.

Regular entry requirements


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