Director of British Trade & Cultural Office in Taiwan
Our work in Taiwan contributes significantly to the UK’s prosperity. Taiwan is the world’s eighteenth 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 longstanding 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 Trade & Cultural Office’s (BTCO’s) main aims is to increase business relationships between the UK and Taiwan, working in partnership with UK Trade & Investment. The BTCO 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.
A guide sets out useful information for British residents, including registration, nationality advice, children and what to consider if you’re returning to live in the UK after living in Taiwan.
Consular opening hours and contact details:
- Monday to Friday 10:00am to 12:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- email: Bass.Taipei@fco.gov.uk
- Tel: +886 2 8758 2088
- Fax: +886 2 8758 2050
Visit our travel advice for Taiwan for information, news and updates, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.
How to renew or replace your British passport when outside of the UK and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Border Agency website
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 Trade and Cultural Office is not an official embassy and cannot register marriages or civil partnerships. However, it acts as a post box for birth registrations. Birth registrations can only be paid for by a bankers draft, not in cash or by credit card.
List of funeral companies:
To get the information on how to get official confirmation that your UK document is genuine, so it can be accepted by the Taiwan authorities. The BTCO does not offer notary services. All UK documents 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 Taiwan Representative Office in the UK.
Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the UK government.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- issue emergency passports (emergency travel documents)
- 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
- provide details of local lawyers, interpreters, doctors and funeral directors
- 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
What the BTCO cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- help you enter a country, e.g if you don’t have a visa or valid passport
- ensure your safety and security in another country
- give you legal advice or translate documents, though we can give you details of people who may be able to help, such as lawyers, translators/interpreters
- carry out searches for missing people
- investigate crimes, get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
- get you better treatment in prison than local prisoners, or better treatment in hospital than that given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money from public funds
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation, or make business arrangements on your behalf
- get involved in private disputes over property, employment, commercial or other matters
British Trade & Cultural Office Taiwan
British Trade & Cultural Office
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)