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Application Directions for a Second ROC Passport

I. Legal basis:  Article 18 of the Passport Act

II. Eligibility
ROC nationals with household registration in Taiwan who find themselves in any of the following circumstances:
1. Business purposes: Applicants are applying for visas from different countries at the same time, or urgently need to travel abroad for business purposes during ongoing visa application procedures.
2. International political factors:
(1) Applicants hold passports bearing visas or immigration stamps of countries that could lead to rejection of visa application for, or denial of entry, into the country the applicant intends to travel to;
(2) Applicants intend to travel to countries that are in conflict with each other, possibly leading to denial of entry into one of the countries.
3. Applicants intend to travel abroad due to emergencies or other unforeseen circumstances, for which a second passport is required as verified by MOFA.

III. Documents to be submitted
1. Business purposes:
(1) An application form for a second passport;
(2) A valid passport; if the current passport cannot be submitted due to ongoing visa application procedures, applicants shall submit a visa application receipt or other relevant documentation;
(3) The company registration or business registration documents of a company legally registered in the ROC, or a printout of the registration information published on the website of the competent authority;
(4) A supporting letter issued by the aforementioned company;
(5) Travel itinerary;
(6) Airline(ship) tickets or reservation documents;
(7)Other relevant documents.
2. International political factors:
(1) An application form for a second passport;
(2) A valid passport; if the current passport cannot be submitted due to ongoing visa application procedures, applicants shall submit a visa application receipt or other relevant documentation. In the event of circumstances described in Subparagraph 1 of Paragraph 2 of Article 2, applicants shall also submit a photocopy of the passport pages bearing relevant visas and immigration stamps;
(3) Travel itinerary;
(4) Airline (ship) tickets or reservation documents;
(5) Other relevant documents.
3. Emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances:
(1) An application form for a second passport;
(2) A valid passport; if the current passport cannot be submitted due to ongoing visa application procedures, applicants shall submit a visa application receipt or other relevant documentation;
(3) Documentation detailing the emergency or unforeseen circumstances;
(4) Other relevant documents.

IV. Application procedures
Applicants in the ROC shall apply in person at either the Passport Issuing Division of MOFA’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (hereinafter referred to as “BOCA”) or one of MOFA’s branch offices. Overseas applicants shall apply in person at an ROC overseas mission. In special circumstances verified by the aforementioned authorities, applications may be submitted by a third party.

V. Passport validity, fees, and processing time
1. A second passport shall be valid for no more than one year and six months.
2. The processing fee and expedited service fee for a second passport shall be charged in accordance with relevant passport regulations.
3. The regular processing time for applications submitted in the ROC is five working days, and for expedited service, two working days.

VI. Notes
1. The personal information of the holder in the second passport shall be the same as in the original passport.
2. The same passport shall be used to enter and exit any given country, so as to avoid problems during immigration inspections.
3. A second passport that has expired or has been lost may not be renewed or replaced. A new application for a second passport must be submitted.
4. The loss of a second passport at home or abroad shall be reported to the competent local police authorities.
5. Before applying for a visa using a second passport, applicants are advised to inquire about related regulations with the visa-issuing authority.

VII. For the addresses, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses, and service hours of the agencies where applications may be filed, please visit BOCA’s website (http://www.boca.gov.tw).