Taiwan visa for Indians

Taiwan Visa for Indians [Visa exempt entry based on other visas]

I just arrived in Taipei and it’s been an incredible few days! Taiwan is a wonderful confluence of Taiwanese, Chinese, and Japanese culture. What’s even nicer is that Indian citizens can visit Taiwan for 30 days without any visa if they currently hold certain other visas.


Taiwan operates a Visa Exemption policy for citizens of India,

Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.


The idea is simple, if you hold a valid visa or permanent residence permit from USA, Canada, Japan, UK, the Schengen states, Australia, or New Zealand, you may enter Taiwan for 30 days without needing a visa. This applies to any class of visa so whether it’s a B1/B2 for the US or a category C Schengen visa, you’re good to enter Taiwan.

Hanging out in Ximending, Taipei

Hanging out in Ximending, Taipei


The conditions are that your “supporting visa” should be valid meaning that if it’s a single entry visa, you should not have used that entry. There are some other rules that apply to these edge cases that are detailed here.

As far as the procedure is concerned, you need to obtain an online authorization before you board your flight. The authorization is instant so you just need to print out the confirmation page after you enter all your details. You should also have a flight ticket out of Taiwan as the confirmation document states that you may be asked for it.

My experience with the system was extremely straightforward. I filled up the online authorization, took a printout, and flew to Taipei. At the immigration desk, the officer asked to see my US visa and then asked how long I would be staying. I said, up to 30 days, and she stamped me in with a visa exemption stamp that stated my duration of stay as 30 days.

Taipei 101, the second tallest building in the world

Taipei 101, the second tallest building in the world


It’s great to see that more and more countries are offering this type of visa exemption or visa on arrival facility to Indian passport holders with other visas.

If you haven’t planned to visit Taiwan, you should most definitely consider it!

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  • Well what a beautiful place Taiwan is, it has an amalgamated culture with blend of Chinese, Japanese and Asian culture

  • Hi,

    Thank you for sharing such an informative post, Taiwan has been on my bucket list for quite sometime now. I am off to Cape Town in a week, will probably visit Taiwan during the end of the year. Hope you guys are having a great time out there, looking forward for more posts on Taiwan. Cheers and Happy Traveling.


  • That’s great!! I know that Mexico has a similar situation for some countries if they hold a US or Canada visa…

  • Kirti Says

    Thank you for the information. Had a query. Does US Student visa ie F1 f an Indian national also qualify for entry in Taiwan

  • shamkumar s s Says

    Dear sir, I am indian passport holder, i am travelling to japan on 23 june .I am having single entry visa of japan i want to visit Taipie before japan on21 june. can you advisr me whether i come under Taiwan visa program and process or enter taiwan
    thanking you

    shamkumar s d

  • biswabandan Says

    Thanks for the useful information. What if someone has a resident permit of a particular schengen country (say France) and does not have a schengen visa? I have a France visa with residence permit. Will it be ok?

    • Ashray Says

      The Taiwanese application portal clearly mentions that this applies to residence permit holders of the Schengen space as well.

  • Ankit Says

    nice post just got to know a few months ago even Malaysia started giving exclusive Evisa to Indians and Chinese only.

    and that requires nothing but a return ticket,photo upload and passport scanned copy upload No other visas or anything.

    and also Philippines gives Visa free entry with a valid singapore Evisa.

    Im not sure when Papua new guinea will start its Visa on arrival for Indians though its been anounced but yet to be implemented.


  • Ramakrishnananda Says

    Thank you that was useful information. The process is simple and explained

  • Ramesh Says

    Hi , Iam Indian . Singapore permanant residence . I have a b2 USA visa . Still I need a visa for travel Taiwan ?

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