LAST UPDATED: January 25, 2018
This is a special case applicable to citizens of
India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Lao
under these conditions:
- The applicant’s passport must have a remaining validity of at least six months starting from the date of arrival in Taiwan.
- The applicant must possess an onward/return air or ferry ticket.
- The applicant has never been employed as a blue-collar worker in Taiwan.
the applicant must possess at least one of the following documents issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States:
- Valid resident or permanent resident card
- Valid entry visa (may be electronic visa)
- Resident card or visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan
- Nationals of Indonesia who possess a valid Japan Visa Waiver Registration are eligible for a ROC Travel Authorization Certificate.
- The visas in the aforementioned list of required documents do not include work permits.
- Online applications can only be made by persons holding valid regular passports. Persons holding temporary, emergency, or informal passports, or travel documents other than a passport, cannot submit online applications.
- Applicants who hold permanent resident cards with no expiry date may enter 9999 for the year, 12 for the month and 31 for the day in the Date field.
- If any mistake is made during the online application process, the applicant may submit a new application.
- Once the application has been approved, the applicant is kindly requested to print out the ROC Travel Authorization Certificate. The applicant must present the certificate and the required documents for inspection when entering Taiwan. Entry will be denied if the required documents are not produced.
- An approved ROC Travel Authorization Certificate is valid for 90 days. Multiple entries within these 90 days are allowed. The holder of a ROC Travel Authorization Certificate may stay in Taiwan for 30 days, starting from the day after arrival. If the holder wishes to apply for another ROC Travel Authorization Certificate, he or she must do so seven days prior to the expiry of the current certificate.
Those who are qualified may secure an Authorization Certificate via the Online Application for R.O.C. (Taiwan) Travel Authorization Certificate of the R.O.C. National Immigration Agency right before the flight.
If the purpose of entering Taiwan is only for a layover, this is NOT necessary if there is no need to change airports. On the other hand, if there is a need to transfer to a different airport for departure, then this certificate is absolutely required.
UPDATE: Philippine passport holders can now enter Taiwan visa-free or without this certificate. Read more here.
I would have never known such a thing if not for my experience. Indeed it is the best teacher! 😀
As Danny and I were heading back to Japan from Bali, we were advised to secure one only for me since Danny holds a Korean passport and is visa exempted. I am a Philippine passport holder. Our layover in Taiwan was about 12 hours and had to depart from a different airport. So basically, I was obliged to show them an Authorization Certificate. Big thanks to my Japan Residence card! If not for its awesome power, it could have been a mess! I was also thankful that the check-in officers were so helpful. They let us print it out in their office. I didn’t have this “you’re-so-stupid-for-not-knowing-this” feeling as they were dealing with me. They didn’t even give me that “oh-poor-stupid-thing” look. Tell you, I got that look from some Filipino China Eastern Airlines staff in the Philippines. Uggh! I was expecting the other way around since we are Filipinos. But..*sighs*
Anyway, those Indonesian China Airlines staff were respectful. Totally different from the others. The icing on the cake was when applying for the certificate online. It was only a piece of cake and free of cost.
Here’s how it looks like..
- Carry with you your Residence Certificate, card, visa and the like in every travel.
- Be at the airport 2-3 hours before the departure. You never know how time can save you.
- Stay calm and polite no matter how pissed/mad/upset you are. Respect begets respect. Kindness comes to you if you are one.
- Never blame anyone when this kind of situation occurs. I have learned this the hard way. I always blamed my husband for any troubles like this.
- Try to see the advantage in every disadvantage. This experience has taught me not just a single thing but a lot.
Enjoy your trip to Taiwan!