National Health Insurance


Here is a summary of frequently asked questions regarding the Taiwan Employment Gold Card program, the application process, and other general questions regarding life in Taiwan and more.

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The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) states that those who change their UI number, do not need to update their NHI IC Card until they enroll in another insurance.

People who obtain an employment in Taiwan, and get the work permit under the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals and the Alien Resident Certificate (ARC), shall enroll in the National Health Insurance program by their company (formally known as the “insurance registration organization” ) from the day they are employed.

If you are planning to leave Taiwan for more than 6 months, you can apply to pause your NHI IC Card. You will not be required to pay the insurance fee while you are out of the country and can reactivate your card when you get back.

For more information, please contact the NHI IC Card Consultation Hot-line: 0800-030598

The following documents need to be prepared:

  1. Application For NHI Card
  2. National Health Insurance Coverage Application Form
  3. Declaration form for establishment of a national health insurance unit
  4. Copy of the Employment Gold Card
  5. The Ministry of Economic Affairs company registration approval letter

For more details, please contact the Health Insurance Consultation Hotline :

Tel: +886-800-030-598

Mobile: +886-2-4128-678

  • Taipei Divisions: +886-2-2191-2006
  • Northern Divisions: +886-3-433-9111
  • Central Divisions: +886-4-2258-3988
  • Southern Divisions: +886-6-224-5678
  • Eastern Divisions: +886-3-833-2111

You can apply online or visit your local district office to apply for a NHI IC Card. For more information, please visit the National Health Insurance Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare’s website .

The premium payable by employees and their dependents shall be calculated according to the insured payroll-related amount 【formula: salary basis X insurance premium rate X contribution ratio X (1+number of dependents)】.Premiums will be withheld from employee’s paycheck and then be transferred to the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA).

  1. Foreign resident who holds a resident certificate in Taiwan shall participate in National Health Insurance after a full 6 months of residence (having continuously stayed in Taiwan for 6 months, or having stayed in Taiwan for actual 6 months with a departure for less than 30 days, and the actual duration of residence should exclude the number of days staying abroad). However, those who have been employed legally can join NHI upon the date of employment. From December 1, 2017 newborn foreign infant who obtains a resident certificate in Taiwan shall join NHI upon the date of birth.
  2. Foreign resident will lose NHI entitlement once his/her resident certificate expires, and should withdraw from the NHI.
  3. In accordance with the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals, which went into force on Feb. 8, 2018, spouses, minor children, and disabled adult children aged over 20 and unable to live independently, having obtained documentary proof of residence, shall immediately join the NHI as dependents of the foreign professional upon receipt of their resident certificates.

National Health Insurance is a compulsory social insurance, every Taiwanese citizen with official residency or foreign national living in Taiwan with an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC), regardless of age, gender, or employment status, must enroll in the program. The participants are legally obligated to pay for premium and have equal rights to access medical care when they fall ill.

Once get the Alien Resident Certificate (ARC), spouses, minor children, and children over twenty years old who are unable to live independently due to physical or mental disability of foreign professionals under the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals shall enroll in the NHI program and be the dependents of the foreign professionals through their companies.

Please fill in the “NHI IC Card Application Form” available at your nearest Bureau of National Health Insurance branch or post office. Attach a photocopy of your identification card on the reverse side and present the completed form to the service personnel. There will be a card production fee of NT$200. If you choose to include your photo on your NHI IC Card, you will need to submit a 2” color or black and white full-face photo (hats and tinted glasses are not permitted). With a photo NHI IC Card, you will no longer need to present a second photo ID when seeking medical care using NHI coverage.

For more information regarding NHI IC Card, please refer to NHI IC Card Tips .

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