COVID-19 Announcement

1/24

The processing of overseas Gold Card applications is currently being affected by pandemic restrictions. Applications are still being accepted, but will not be processed until February 7 at the earliest.

If you have just applied or your application is currently under review, your application will proceed until it reaches the Passport Inspection Stage. If you have applied for the Gold Card while holding an ARC, or you are Hong Kong or Macao residents, you will not be affected by this change.

However, we may be able to help you expedite your passport inspection. If you are at the Passport Inspection Stage, are fully vaccinated, and are not coming from high-risk countries, please provide us with your FULL NAME (as stated on passport), your PASSPORT NUMBER, the name of your OVERSEAS MISSIONS, your VACCINATION REPORT, and your URGENT REASON for entering Taiwan.

After passing through the passport verification process, the next step will be the National Immigration Agency’s final review. It will take 1-2 weeks for them to review and print your Gold Card. At that time, you will be able to download a Resident Authorization Certificate; with the certificate, you can enter Taiwan at any time, no matter how severe the current pandemic situation is.

If your dependent (spouse and/or child under 20) has an urgent need to enter Taiwan, is fully vaccinated (n/a for children), and is not from a high COVID risk country, you may apply for an Emergency Visa for them. Please provide us with FULL NAMES (as stated on passport) of yourself and your dependent(s), your PASSPORT NUMBERS, the name of your OVERSEAS MISSIONS, your VACCINATION REPORTS (for adults), and your URGENT REASON for entering Taiwan. We will then contact the overseas mission on your behalf. Please do not approach the overseas mission before we have contacted them, as they will not be able to process your applications directly.

Emergency Visa Application Process for Foreign Dependents:

  1. Email us at help@taiwangoldcard.tw with the aforementioned information. We will provide a list of Special Entry Permits to the National Development Council at 3pm every Friday. They will take around 1 week to review and send it to your overseas mission.
  2. When your overseas mission receives your Special Entry Permit, we will notify you. You may then contact them to apply for an Emergency Visa for your dependent.
  3. You will need to get your dependent’s documents verified by your overseas mission. Resident Visa for Spouse. Resident Visa for Children (under 20).
  4. Your overseas mission will confirm their flight tickets and issue them a 60-day or 90-day Emergency Visa.
  5. After your dependent has arrived in Taiwan, please visit the BOCA (Bureau of Consular Affairs) to convert their Emergency Visa into a Resident Visa. Remember to bring your dependent’s documents.
  6. Visit the NIA (National Immigration Agency) and bring the required documents to convert your dependent’s Resident Visa into an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC). For details of the ARC application process, please refer HERE .

Visitor Permit Application Process for Dependents with Hong Kong or Macau Nationality:

  1. Email us at help@taiwangoldcard.tw with the aforementioned information. We will provide a list of Special Entry Permits to the National Development Council at 3pm every Friday. They will take around 1 week to review and send it to your overseas mission.
  2. When your overseas mission receives your Special Entry Permit, we will notify you. You may then contact them to apply for a Visitor Permit for your dependent.
  3. After your dependent has arrived in Taiwan, please visit the National Immigration Agency to apply for Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) for your dependent. For details of the ARC application process, please refer HERE . If you have any questions about the relevant procedures, please contact the NIA’s Hong Kong and Macao Commissioner Mr. Lin at +886(2) 2388-9393 ext.2677

Family Reunion Certificate for Dependents with Mainland Chinese Nationality:

  1. Email us at help@taiwangoldcard.tw with the aforementioned information. We will provide a list of Special Entry Permits to the National Development Council at 3pm every Friday. They will take around 1 week to review and send it to your overseas mission.
  2. When your overseas mission receives your Special Entry Permit, we will notify you. You may then contact them to apply for a Family Reunion Certificate. Your overseas mission will send your application to the NIA (National Immigration Agency) Service Center in Taipei for examination.
  3. The NIA will issue the Certificate, which will allow dependents with Mainland Chinese Nationality to enter Taiwan. For details of the Family Reunion Certificate application process, please refer HERE . If you have any questions about the relevant procedures, please contact the NIA’s Mainland Chinese Affairs Commissioner Chang at +886(2) 2388-9393 ext. 3162

6/28

Group quarantine facilities available for self-paid stay. Individuals arriving in Taiwan must take a quarantine vehicle from the airport to their quarantine facility.

Starting June 27, individuals arriving in Taiwan from countries other than the seven high-risk COVID-19 variant countries (Brazil, India, UK, Peru, Israel, Indonesia, and Bangladesh), including those who have visited these countries in the past 14 days and those who have transferred through these countries, will be allowed to stay in group quarantine facilities at their own expense. Individuals can book a group quarantine facility beginning at 20:00 on June 26.

The cost for the facilities is NT$ 2,000 per night per person, while children under the age of 12 can stay in the same room with one of their parents free of charge. Please note, that the CECC will assign the location of the group quarantine facility where the individual will stay.

Members of the public who wish to quarantine at a group quarantine facility can make a reservation on the Quarantine System for Entry: https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw/Default1?openExternalBrowser=1. Reservations should be made and paid for on the Quarantine System for Entry 48 hours prior to the individuals scheduled flight arrival time to have a Reservation Code that should be provided for entry.

Individuals arriving in Taiwan from one of the seven high-risk countries (Brazil, India, UK, Peru, Israel, Indonesia, and Bangladesh), are required to take quarantine vehicles arranged by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications from the airport to their group quarantine facility. Individuals arriving in Taiwan from countries other than the seven high-risk countries should take a quarantine vehicle (self-paid) or drive themselves to the quarantine hotel or group quarantine facility where they plan to stay. Friends and relatives of the individual should refrain from meeting them at the airport or driving them to their quarantine facility to reduce virus transmission.

For more information, please refer to the CECC’s press releases .

6/15

R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions will halt the processing of all visa applications during Taiwan’s nationwide Level 3 epidemic alert.

All R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions are halting the processing of all visa applications during the nationwide Level 3 epidemic alert (including the Passport Inspection Stage of the Gold Card). Entry has also been suspended for persons holding a valid Visitor Visa or Resident Visa. Foreign nationals requiring entry to Taiwan for emergencies or on humanitarian grounds, such as attending a funeral or visiting a critically ill family member, must receive special permission from the CECC before applying for a special entry permit visa from an R.O.C. (Taiwan) mission.

If you have just applied or your application is currently under review, your application will continue to proceed until it gets to the Passport Inspection Stage. If you have applied for the Gold Card while on an ARC, you will not be affected by this change.

The announcement of Bureau of Consular Affairs please refer HERE .

5/31

In accordance with the CECC’s regulations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will halt the processing of all visa applications (including the passport inspection stage of the Gold Card).

The announcement of Bureau of Consular Affairs please refer HERE .

Gold Card holders (including those with the Resident Authorization Certificate) can still enter Taiwan. Entry will be suspended for individuals holding Visitor Visa’s or Resident Visa’s. Foreign nationals who must enter Taiwan for emergency situations (i.e. attending a funeral or visiting a critically ill family member) must receive special permission from the CECC before applying for a special entry permit visa from the Taiwan Overseas Office in their home country. Please note that the suspension of entry into Taiwan will begin from May 19 and last until June 18.

Please refer Restrictions of Entering Taiwan for more information.

If you have just applied or your application is currently under review, your application will continue to proceed until it gets to the Passport Inspection Stage. If you have applied for the Gold Card while on an ARC, you will not be affected by this change.