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 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.

Our services

Emergency consular 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.

British Assistance & Services Section opening hours

The British Assistance & Services Section is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am to 12pm. If you have a consular related enquiry you can call +866 2 8758 2088 and follow the instructions. Alternatively, email enquiries can be set to the British Assistance & Services Section directly.

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.

Emergency travel documents

We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact the British Assistance & Services Section at the British Office on +886 2 8758 2088 as soon as possible.

If you have more than 48 hours before travelling you can make an appointment to apply for an Emergency Travel Document.

For all applications, please check here what you must bring with you to your appointment. Please call the British Office on +866 2 8758 2088 for advice before making an appointment if:

  • you have never applied for a British passport before
  • you are applying on behalf of a child

An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read ‘What an emergency travel document does here.

Visas

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

The British Office Taipei no longer accept 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.

A list of funeral directors in Taiwan can be found using the following link

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 can make an appointment for a certified copy of a British passport.

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.

List of lawyers and interpreters

A list of English speaking lawyers, translators and interpreters who may be able to help you with official translations in Taiwan. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Office or the UK government.

Legalisation Office

The British Office 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

Representative, British Office Taipei

Contact us

British Office Taipei

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

Xin Yin District Taipei 11073
Taiwan

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