If I do not have an NHI card yet, how will going abroad affect my eligibility?

If you are neither self-employed nor employed in Taiwan, to qualify for NHI you will need to spend a full 6-month period in Taiwan. You are allowed to make one trip abroad, which does not exceed 30 days. During this time, your 6 months will be “paused,” and will resume upon your return to Taiwan. If you go abroad on more than one trip, or if your trip is longer than 30 days, then you will have to wait another 6 months from the time you reenter Taiwan to be eligible for an NHI card.