How to Get a Taiwan Travel Authorization Certificate

Visiting our East Asian neighbors have been a lot easier for Filipinos in the recent years with the relaxation on visa applications.

Sure, Japan and South Korea are now lenient, but Taiwan even made it easy as pie under certain conditions.

Citizens of India, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos possessing a resident card, valid entry visa, or visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to arrival to Taiwan from any of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, UK, or the United States are eligible for an (ROC) Taiwan Travel Authorization Certificate. The visas mentioned does not include work permits.

If you are eligible, simply go toย https://niaspeedy.immigration.gov.tw/nia_southeast.

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Select your preferred language, then click Next

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The next page is this flowchart outlining the TAC online application process. The next page contains more information on the conditions I stated above.
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This is the most important page. The fields are self-explanatory.

For the section, Special Requirements, I used my Korean visa. So I chose Entry Visa, picked Korea from the dropdown menu, and entered the 7-digit number on the upper right-hand side of my Korean visa including theย ‘PH’ as well as the 4 digits below it.

While I was doing my research, I found conflicting information on which number to enter. Some used what I used while others used the one across the gender field in red ink, and both were accepted. I guess what’s more important is the visa itself as this is what the Taiwanese immigration officials inspect thoroughly.

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After you click Next, you will be taken to a page where you will be asked to verify that the information you entered are correct. If everything is in order, enter the Validation Code provided by the site, click Submit, and you’re done!

In an instant, I got a PDF copy of my Taiwan Travel Authorization Certificate which is valid for 90 days.tac

How I wish all visa applications were this easy!

Don’t forget to print it out, and present it upon check-in at the airport together with the visa you used and your return tickets.

That’s it. You’re good to go. Enjoy Taiwan!

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If you wish to visit Taiwan for less than 30 days BUT do not meet the criteria stated above for visa-free travel, you may apply for an e-visa instead (for a fee).

You can check the details here:ย http://www.boca.gov.tw/content.asp?mp=2&CuItem=7283

16 thoughts on “How to Get a Taiwan Travel Authorization Certificate

  1. Hi Kat,
    So if able to get Taiwan Travel Authorization Certificate, no need to apply for tourist visa?

    thanks
    Kai

    1. Yes, that’s it.

      The Taiwanese Immigration Official will just inspect the actual visa you used when you applied online upon your arrival in Taiwan.

  2. Hi Kat! Was wondering if they email you the travel certificate? I did the whole application process on my phone and can’t seem to get a PDF version. All I have is a screenshot.

  3. Hi I just wanna ask, I have a valid NZ tourist visa last year, then I applied for korean tourist visa this july lang, and got denied. (nakakahiya naman sa NZ di ba), now I’m planning to get a travel certificate sa taiwan. Is it possible that I’d encounter a problem when I already entered Taiwan?

  4. Hello. I need help. Where can I find the visa number in my NZ tourist visa? I’m confused if it is the one written on the upper right hand side or the client number? I am applying for a travel authorization to Taiwan. Thank you โ˜บ๏ธ

    1. Hi Nikki, I’m not sure as most visas have two numbers in them. I was confused with my Korean visa as well. Better to check with NZ which one is the visa number.

  5. Great info! Now I know that I can use my expired entry visa to Japan (from last year) hehe ๐Ÿ™‚
    I used the number on the upper right hand side as well in the application

  6. Hello Kat,
    Just want to clarify.. I have an expired australian visa from 2014.. Can i use that in applying for taiwan authorization certificate? So in the special requirement part, i should write the expired visa number? Just want to be sure.. Thanks in advance Kat! More power! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Rachelle,

      Yes, that’s correct. You can use the expired visa on the Special Requirement section. Just be sure to bring the actual Australian visa (print it if it’s an e-visa) when you leave. The Taiwanese Immigration Official will look for it.

  7. Hi Kat, when you fill-up the online arrival card what did you put in the type of visa for the Travel Authorization Certificate? Is it under the visa-exempt type? Thanks.

    1. Hi Karen,

      We didn’t fill out an online arrival card, so ngayon ko lang nakita na there’s an option na visa-exempt. We just used the one at the airport. I think I just wrote visitor sa visa type.

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