Representative, British Office Taipei
Our work in Taiwan contributes significantly to the UK’s prosperity. Taiwan is the world’s 19th largest trading economy. Its high-technology strengths and ongoing national investment programmes present benefits for UK companies.
Taiwan is also an excellent springboard into China for UK companies, as the market here is more developed and Taiwanese business has long-standing expertise working in China (Taiwan was second only to Hong Kong as China’s fourth largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2012, with over 57% of China’s total FDI, and there are around 80,000 Taiwanese companies located in China, accounting for 70% of China’s electronics manufacturing).
UK companies have worked with Taiwanese partners to access the Chinese market. The UK is seen by Taiwan as a world leader in the creative industries, and cultural and educational links are thickening. (30% of all Taiwanese who study overseas do so in the UK). Following the 2009 lifting of the visa regime for visits of under 6 months, Taiwanese tourism to the UK has risen sharply.
One of the British Office’s main aims is to increase business relationships between the UK and Taiwan, working in partnership with UK Trade & Investment. The British Office is publicises commercial opportunities through supporting and organising targeted events and visits.
There are approximately 300 UK companies located in Taiwan, across a variety of sectors. These include financial and business services, ICT, telecommunications, infrastructure, environmental technology, creative industries and marine industries.
Likewise, Taiwanese companies are realising the benefits of setting up in the UK, where they can source the world’s best talent, products, services and technology. Currently over 180 Taiwanese companies have a presence in the UK and are using it as their base for global growth.
Services for British nationals
Urgent assistance (24 hours)
For emergency assistance, such as in the event of the death, assault, arrest or hospitalisation of a British national, call the British Office on +886 2 8758 2088 and follow the instructions to be connected with consular officers. If you are in the UK and concerned about a British national in Taiwan call 020 7008 1500.
Get or renew a passport
The British Office cannot help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.
If you cannot get a new or replacement passport in time to travel, you may be able to get an emergency travel document.
Get an emergency travel document
You can apply for an emergency travel document (ETD) if you are abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you cannot get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.
If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact the British Assistance & Services Section as soon as possible. Call us before making an appointment if you have never applied for a British passport before or if you are applying for a child under the age of 16.
If your passport has been lost or stolen you will need to provide us with a police report before an ETD can be issued to you.
For information and advice on travelling to Taiwan, please see our Travel and Advice page.
Get a visa
The British Office cannot help with visa enquiries.
If you are not a British national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa before travelling.
If you are a British national travelling abroad and need to apply for a visa to visit a particular country or check if you need a visa, see the entry requirements on our Foreign Travel Advice page for the country you want to visit.
For more information on visas see UK Visas & Immigration.
Make a true certified copy of a British passport
This service is for customers who need true certified photocopies of British passports.
Please be aware that we cannot provide true certified copies of British or foreign birth certificates, or foreign identity documents nor of any educational qualifications obtained in the UK.
Enquires can be sent to the British Assistance & Services Section by email or you can call +886 2 8758 2088.
You will need to bring with you:
- The original British passport that you need a true certified copy of;
- Proof of identity/address;
- Kindly consider if you would like to make a donation of 200NT for this service which is used to financially assist British Nationals in distress.
Births, deaths and marriages
Information on how you can register a birth, death or marriage which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad. The British Office is not an official embassy and cannot register marriages, civil partnerships, births or deaths. The British Office cannot issue certificates of no impediment, affirmations or affidavits of marital status.
The British Office no longer accepts applications to register births or deaths which occurred overseas. This service has now transferred to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK.
There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The time will remain the same. However, you will now need to allow extra time for the documents to be sent to and from the UK. See register a birth or register a death for further information.
If the death occurred in Taiwan and you are still in Taiwan contact the British Assistance & Services Section. If you are in the UK and hear of the death of a relative from a third party, you should contact the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500.
Read our guidance on coping with death abroad.
Support if you have been arrested
We will do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained or arrested, and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in Taiwan. We cannot get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings.
Local service providers
Use our list of local suppliers and services if you need help in Taiwan. Please note that the inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Office or the UK government. The list includes:
- Translators and interpreters
- Funeral directors
- Medical facilities and practitioners
A list of English speaking lawyers, translators, interpreters, medical professionals and funeral directors who may be able to help you in Taiwan. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Office or the UK government.
The British Office does not offer notary services. All UK document for use in Taiwan, including marriage certificates, certificates of no impediment (aka single certificates), subject access reports (aka police reports), graduation certificates, etc. need to be stamped by a UK lawyer, then by the FCO Legalisation service, then by the Taipei Representative Office in the UK.
Travel advice for Taiwan
Travel advice for Taiwan: Information, news and updates to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling in Taiwan.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- provide information about transferring funds
- provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
- help people with mental illness
- do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
What British Office cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
- help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
British Office Taipei
British Office Taipei
26F, President International Tower
No. 9-11, Song Gao Road,
Xin Yin District Taipei 11073
Telephone +886 (2) 8758 2088
Fax +886 (2) 8758 2050
Monday to Friday
9:00am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 5:00pm (Local Time)
1:00am to 4:30am and 5:30am – 9:00am (GMT)