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.

Our services

Out-of-hours emergency assistance

British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should cll +886 2 8758 2088 where there will be given details on how to contact Consular staff at Global Response Centre.

Make an appointment

For all documentary services, you need to make an appointment.

Consular appointments are available Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00am -12:00pm. Alternatively please contact our British Assistance & Services Section for more information.

Living in Taiwan

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, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00am - 12:00pm email:Bass.Taipei@fco.gov.uk Tel: +886 2 8758 2088 Fax: +886 2 8758 2050

Passport and emergency travel documents

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.

Details of how to get a passport extension or emergency child travel document can be found here. If you want to make an appointment, contact British Assistance & Services Section or call+886 2 8758 2088 and select option 2.


For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Visas and Immigration website

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 Trade and Cultural Office is not an official embassy and cannot register marriages, civil partnerships, births or deaths.

From 8 September 2014, UK birth registrations and death registrations in Taiwan will transfer from the British Trade & Cultural Office to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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.

A list of Funeral Directors in Taiwan can be found using the following link.

List of lawyers and interpreters

Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the UK government.

List of Medical Practitioners & Hospitals

Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the UK government.

Legalisation Office

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.

Prisoner pack

Taiwan - Prisoner Pack: explanation of the legal and prison system to British Nationals.

Travel advice

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 traveling abroad.

Our people

Chris Wood

Chris Wood

Director of British Trade & Cultural Office in Taiwan

    Contact us

    British Trade & Cultural Office Taiwan

    British Trade & Cultural Office
    26F, President International Tower
    No. 9-11, Song Gao Road,

    Xin Yin District Taipei 11073

    Office hours:
    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)

    Access and opening times