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.
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.
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 following documents need to be prepared:
For more details, please contact the Health Insurance Consultation Hotline :
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.
People who obtain employment in Taiwan, get the work permit under the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals and their ARCs, shall enroll in the NHI program by their company (formally known as the “group insurance applicant”) from the day they are employed. Additionally the foreign professionals become employers or self-employed owners of professional business in Article 10 item 1, subparagraph 1, paragraph 4 of the National Health Insurance Act in Taiwan, shall apply as a group insurance applicant through National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) branch office, then finish the enrollment for themselves from the day their business is founded.
Once you are employed by a Taiwanese organization or are qualified to be insured as an employer or self-employed business owner under Article 10 Paragraph 1 Subparagraph 1 Item 4 of the National Health Insurance Act, your spouse and your minor children and adult children who are unable to live independently will be covered under your enrollment as ‘dependents’.
If you are not employed or self-employed in Taiwan, your dependents must wait 6 months after holding a Alien Residence Certificate (ARC) before they may apply for health insurance. During this waiting period, they can only leave Taiwan once, and said period cannot exceed 30 days.
To enroll your dependents in NHI, please bring your Gold Card, their ARCs, and your stamps to the National Health Insurance Administration .
Please refer to article 21 of the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals .
Should you have any questions regarding your dependents’ NHI, please call the health insurance consultation line
The premiums for wage-earners, the insured of category 1 are based on their monthly salary. For employers and self-employed owners of professional business it is based on their profitable income with regards to the payroll bracket table and reported by their group insurance applicant. The formula of premiums is as follows:【Insured amount X insurance premium rate X contribution ratio X (1+number of dependents)】The premium will be withheld from the employee’s paycheck and then be transferred to the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA). The premiums for those dependents are same as the insured and shall be paid by the insured.
For more detailed information about how premiums are calculated, please refer to NHIA’s website or contact the Health Insurance
Taipei Divisions: +886-2-2191-2006
Northern Divisions: +886-3-433-9111
Central Divisions: +886-4-2258-3988
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 .
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.
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
You should rely on your working spouse or first-degree relative (parents or children) to apply for insurance as dependents. If they are not working or you have no direct blood relatives in Taiwan, please apply for insurance at the district office in the place of your residence.
For more detailed regulations, please refer to Article 18 of the Enforcement Rules of the National Health Insurance Act .
Those who obtain the Alien Resident Certificate (ARC), spouses, minor children, and children in age of majority who are unable to live independently due to physical or mental disability of foreign professionals, foreign special professionals, and foreign senior professionals under Article 10 item 1, subparagraph 1, paragraph 4 of the National Health Insurance Act and Employers or self-employed owners of professional business, shall be the dependents of the foreign professionals, foreign special professionals, and foreign senior professionals and enroll in the NHI program through their companies.
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