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eVisa



eVisa Frequently Asked Questions
 

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Questions

1

What is an eVisa issued by the Republic of China (Taiwan)?

2

Who is eligible for an eVisa?

3

What conditions must the applicant’s passport meet for an eVisa?

4

What documents do I need to prepare to apply for an eVisa?

5

What is the validity of an eVisa?

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Do I have to enter Taiwan on the exact date specified on my application form?

7

What are the advantages of an eVisa?

8

What is the application fee for an eVisa?

9

Are credit card payments made for eVisa applications on the BOCA webpage secure?

10

If my eVisa application is denied, will my online payment be refunded?

11

Can I apply for a refund if I do not use my eVisa?

12

I already know that some information on my eVisa does not match the information on my passport, and that my eVisa is therefore invalid. Can I request a refund?

13

I do not have a credit card (MasterCard/Visa). Can I use other methods to pay my application fee?

14

I am unable to finalize the payment. What should I do?

15

If my itinerary changes, can I apply to change the date on my eVisa?

16

Do I need to obtain separate eVisas for people accompanying me?

17

Can I obtain a multiple-entry eVisa?

18

The information on my eVisa does not fully match the information on my travel document. Can I enter Taiwan with this eVisa?

19

I would like to stay in Taiwan for a period of time longer than the eVisa permits. What should I do?

20

I have noticed that some of the information I provided on the eVisa application form needs to be changed. What should I do?

21

I have submitted my application. When will I obtain my eVisa?

22

I am being notified by the visa issuance system that I need to submit additional documents for my eVisa application. What should I do?

23

How long before my travel date should I apply for an eVisa?

24

I do not want to apply for an eVisa. Can I apply for a landing visa?

25

Do I need an eVisa if I am on a cruise ship?

26

My child is included in my passport. Do I need to submit a separate eVisa application for my child?

27

Can nationals of countries eligible for eVisas also obtain a landing visa?

28

Do I have to obtain an eVisa if I do not leave the international transit area at the airport in Taiwan?

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Can I submit a family or group application?

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eVisa Program flowchart

 

  • General questions

1What is an eVisa issued by the Republic of China (Taiwan)?
An eVisa is an official document issued electronically by ROC overseas missions that allows foreign nationals to enter and travel in Taiwan. An eVisa is an alternative to a paper-based visa issued by ROC overseas missions. To obtain an eVisa, applicants must submit relevant personal information and pay the required fee by credit card (MasterCard or Visa). The eVisa will be issued after the submitted information has been assessed and found to meet relevant criteria. When an eVisa application has been approved, the visa issuance system of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) of the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs will automatically send a notice to the applicant’s designated email account containing a webpage link to download and print the eVisa. You are required to present this eVisa at the immigration checkpoint for verification by the National Immigration Agency upon your arrival in Taiwan. In line with existing procedures concerning paper visas, immigration officers at ports of entry in Taiwan have the right to deny entry to eVisa holders without providing further explanation.

2Who is eligible for an eVisa?
Nationals of the following countries are eligible for an eVisa when they meet relevant criteria: Belize, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kiribati, Macedonia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Turkey, and Tuvalu. Furthermore, foreign nationals(regardless of their nationnality) who have been invited to attend international conferences, sports events, trade fairs or other activities in Taiwan—organized, co-organized, or sponsored by central government agencies —are also eligible for an eVisa.

3What conditions must the applicant’s passport meet for an eVisa?
An eVisa applicant’s passport must be an ordinary, official, or diplomatic passport with remaining validity of at least six months upon arrival in Taiwan. Emergency, temporary, and other informal passports or travel documents cannot be used to apply for an eVisa.

4What documents do I need to prepare to apply for an eVisa?
eVisa applicants must possess an aforementioned passport with validity of at least six months as of the date of intended entry into Taiwan. In accordance with instructions from BOCA, ROC overseas missions may, depending on the applicant’s nationality or purpose of visit, request through email that the applicant submit additional documents within a specific timeframe. If these documents are not submitted by the given deadline, the application may be denied.

5、What is the validity of an eVisa? 
The validity of an eVisa is three months starting from the issue date. The eVisa is a single-entry visa, and the maximum duration of stay in Taiwan is 30 days, which cannot be extended.

6Do I have to enter Taiwan on the exact date specified on my application form?
No. The validity of an eVisa starts from the date specified in the approval form. The eVisa is a single-entry visa valid for three months with a maximum duration of stay of 30 days, and cannot be extended. eVisa holders can enter Taiwan on any date within the period of validity.

7What are the advantages of an eVisa?
An eVisa can be obtained easily at low cost. Applicants can apply for an eVisa and pay the required fee(if applicable) online, and if the application is approved, the applicant also receives the eVisa online. There is no need to travel to an ROC overseas mission.

  • Fee Payment

8、What is the application fee for an eVisa? 
(1) The application fee for an eVisa is NT$1,600. Including the NT$32 processing fee for the online credit card payment, the total amount is NT$1,632.
(2) Citizens of the countries with reciprocal agreements shall be issued eVisas gratis: Belize, Burkina Faso, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Fiji ,Gambia, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Salvador, Sao Tome and Principe, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, and Swaziland and Turkey.

9Are credit card payments made for eVisa applications on the BOCA webpage secure?
The BOCA website maintains high-level security standards. Nevertheless, we cannot be held responsible for any losses that may result from security vulnerabilities at your bank, in your computer or smartphone, or in your Internet connection.

10If my eVisa application is denied, will my online payment be refunded?
No. The online payment for the eVisa application will not be refunded.

11Can I apply for a refund if I do not use my eVisa?
No. We do not offer refunds for unused eVisas.

12I already know that some information on my eVisa does not match the information on my travel document, and that my eVisa is therefore invalid. Can I request a refund?
No. The applicant bears responsibility for any mistakes made in his or her application.

13I do not have a credit card (MasterCard/Visa). Can I use other methods to pay my application fee?
No. You can only make an online payment by credit card (MasterCard/Visa). However, someone else may make the payment on your behalf. Please note that when the applicant and credit card holder making the payment are not the same person, the credit card holder should consent to making the payment and personally conduct the payment procedure.

14I am unable to finalize the payment. What should I do?
Make sure that the credit card you use for the payment is either MasterCard or Visa and has been authorized to conduct international transactions. If your credit card meets all of these conditions, but you are still unable to finalize your payment, you can try again later with the same card, use a different card, or contact the card’s issuing bank.

  • Other questions

15If my itinerary changes, can I apply to change the date on my eVisa?
No. You must reapply and obtain a new eVisa.

16Do I need to obtain separate eVisas for people accompanying me?
Yes. Each traveller must have his or her own eVisa.

17Can I obtain a multiple-entry eVisa?
No. Multiple-entry eVisas are not provided.

18The information on my eVisa does not fully match the information on my travel document. Can I enter Taiwan with this eVisa?
No. Your eVisa is invalid if this is the case. You must reapply and obtain a new eVisa. Otherwise, you will be denied entry into Taiwan by immigration officers at ports of entry, or, subject to approval, be instructed to apply for a visitor visa with additional visa fees.

19I would like to stay in Taiwan for a period of time longer than the eVisa permits. What should I do?
If you wish to stay in Taiwan longer than your eVisa permits, you must go to an ROC overseas mission to apply for a visa that corresponds with the purpose and duration of your intended stay in Taiwan. Please note that eVisas are only granted for tourism and business purposes, as well as for visiting relatives and attending international conferences or sporting events in Taiwan. If you intend to travel to Taiwan for other purposes—such as employment, study, residence with family, or Mandarin language courses—you must submit an application for a related visa at an ROC overseas mission.

20I have noticed that some of the information I provided on the eVisa application form needs to be changed. What should I do?
You must apply for a new eVisa application.

21I have submitted my application. When will I obtain my eVisa?
Once your application is approved, an electronic notice containing a webpage link will be emailed to you to download and print your eVisa. Once your application is approved, an electronic notice containing a webpage link will be emailed to you to download and print your eVisa. You are required to present this eVisa at the immigration checkpoint for verification by the National Immigration Agency upon your arrival in Taiwan.

22I am being notified by the visa issuance system that I need to submit additional documents for my eVisa application. What should I do?
You should provide the additional documents to the designated ROC overseas mission by email before the specified deadline.

23How long before my travel date should I apply for an eVisa?
We recommend that you apply for an eVisa at least seven days before the actual date of travel.

24I do not want to apply for an eVisa. Can I apply for a landing visa?
Yes, provided that you meet certain conditions. If you are a national of one of the following countries and meet these conditions, you can obtain a landing visa: Brunei, Macedonia, Turkey.

25、Do I need an eVisa if I am on a cruise ship?
According to the Regulations of Temporary Entry Permit for Foreigners, starting on April 29, 2014, foreign nationals from countries not eligible for visa-waiver privileges who arrive in Taiwan on cruise ships can obtain special temporary entry permits once approval has been given by related immigration authorities.

26My child is included in my passport. Do I need to submit a separate eVisa application for my child?
Yes. When submitting an application for your child, please use your child’s ID data as well as your passport information.

 

27、Can nationals of countries eligible for eVisas also obtain a landing visa?
No. Only nationals of the following countries can obtain a landing visa if they meet certain conditions: Brunei, Macedonia, Turkey.

28Do I have to obtain an eVisa if I do not leave the international transit area at the airport in Taiwan?
No. You do not need to apply for an eVisa if you do not leave the international transit area of the airport in Taiwan.

29、Can I submit a family or group application?
Our visa application system does not accept family or group applications for eVisas.

30、eVisa Program flowchart

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  • Date:2016/8/2