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Visa Requirements for Taiwanese Citizens
Taiwanese visa requirements are administrative restrictions placed on Republic of China (ROC) passport holders to enter other countries.
Although the Republic of China only has a single type of nationality, Taiwan’s residency law falls into two categories: citizens with a home registration and therefore the right to reside and to obtain an ID card; and citizens without household registration without the right to reside in Taiwan.
Both categories have their own regulations to be able to enter other foreign countries: holders of Taiwanese passports that have an ID card number can travel to more territories without requiring a visa.
The Republic of China passport for Taiwanese citizens with right of abode is currently ranked number 32 among worldwide travel documents, according to the Henley Passport Index, as it permits visa-free access to around 120 territories across the globe.
To access these countries, Taiwanese residents are usually required to present a current ROC passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from entry to the destination.
However, even though a visa is not necessary for these destinations, prior registration is sometimes required for an electronic travel authorization, something that will also depend on whether or not the Taiwanese traveler has an ID card number printed in their passport.
Most visa-exempt countries permit Taiwanese citizens short stays of between 30 and 180 days, for purposes of tourism. If Taiwanese travelers want to travel to these destinations for longer periods of stay or for other purposes, they will need to apply for a visa from an embassy or consulate.
Around 20 countries offer the option of obtaining a visa on arrival to Taiwanese travelers, while almost 40 offer an eVisa application to expedite this process.
Additionally, there are currently over 95 countries worldwide that require a Taiwanese citizen to obtain a visa before traveling from a relevant government diplomatic office, no matter the duration or purpose of the stay.
Find below a detailed breakdown of the visa types available for Taiwanese residents.