Visa-exemption for holders of diplomatic or official/service passports

Visa-exemption for holders of diplomatic or official/service passports

  • Created:2023-08-10
  • Data Source:Bureau Of Consular Affairs
Foreign nationals eligible
for visa-exempt entry
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Eswatini, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, the Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan*, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia*, Malta, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (effective from May 21, 2018, to March 31, 2025), Norway, Palau, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Singapore*, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tuvalu, UK, and USA*.
  1. Passport with remaining validity of at least six months as of the date of entry
    • USA and Japan nationals whose passport is valid for the intended period of stay are eligible for visa-exempt entry.
  2. Confirmed return air/sea ticket or an air/sea ticket and a visa for the next destination, and a confirmed seat reservation for departure.
  3. Not determined by immigration officers at ports of entry in the ROC to be otherwise inadmissible.

The above-said practice does not apply to those who are ROC nationals or who are not regarded as foreigners in accordance with the legislation of ROC, e.g. holders of diplomatic and official passports of the Holy See with their nationality marked TWN, CHN, HKG or MAC.

Duration of stay
  1. The duration of stay starts from the day after arrival and is not extendable. Foreign visitors must depart by the end of the said duration. Please click here for information on penalties for overstay. 
  2. Visa-exempt entry cannot be converted to visa-based stay, unless any of the following applies:
    Foreign nationals entering the ROC through visa exemption may only apply for conversion to a visitor visa within the permitted duration of stay at the Bureau of Consular Affairs or MOFA branch offices in the event of situations that prevent them from leaving the ROC, such as severe acute illness, natural disaster, or other force majeure reason. 
Ports of entryTaiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport, Taichung Airport, Chiayi Airport, Tainan Airport, Kaohsiung International Airport, Taitung Airport, Hualien Airport, Kinmen Airport, Magong Airport, Keelung Harbor, Taipei Harbor, Taichung Harbor, Kaohsiung Harbor, Hualien Harbor, Shuitou Harbor, and Fu'ao Harbor.


  1. Nationals who have entered Taiwan visa-free for purposes that do not require a permit—such as tourism, visiting friends or relatives, social visits, conducting business, attending exhibitions, fact-finding missions, and international exchanges—who then intend to engage in activities that, according to the laws and regulations of relevant agencies, do require a permit must still obtain such a permit.
  2.  According to Article 14 of the Regulations for Exit of Draftees, a draftee having maintained his household registration in Taiwan shall enter into and depart from Taiwan by presenting his ROC passport; any draftee duly subject to conscription entering into Taiwan by presenting a foreign passport shall be restricted from departing from Taiwan.
  3.  Before arriving in Taiwan, please complete an online immigration arrival card on the website of the National Immigration Agency.

For conscription law, please visit the following website: