Taiwan passport

Republic of China (Taiwan) passport
Cover of the first generation Taiwanese biometric passport
Issued by  Taiwan[1]
Type of document Passport
Purpose Identification
Eligibility requirements Republic of China nationality
Expiration 3 years (replacement for a lost passport)
5 years (for those under 15 or for males who haven't completed military service)
10 years (for all others)
Republic of China passport
Traditional Chinese 中華民國護照
Simplified Chinese 中华民国护照
Taiwan passport
Traditional Chinese 臺灣護照
Simplified Chinese 台湾护照

The Republic of China passport (Chinese: 中華民國護照; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Mínguó hùzhào)[2][3][4][5] is the passport issued to nationals of the Republic of China, commonly called Taiwan. The passport is commonly referred to as Taiwan passport or Taiwanese passport.

The status and international recognition of the ROC passport is complicated due to the political status of Taiwan. The Nationality Law of the Republic of China considers not only residents of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu, but eligible overseas Chinese and Chinese residents of Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau to be nationals of the Republic of China.[6] It is worth noting that the vast majority of Chinese-descent residents in Hong Kong, Macau or Mainland China are also nationals of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and do not hold any identification documents issued by ROC. Individuals in the latter two categories may be eligible for a ROC passport under certain conditions, but do not have household registration in Taiwan (i.e. they are "nationals without household registration", or "NWOHR"), and thus do not enjoy the right of abode in Taiwan.[lower-alpha 1][7] Countries granting visa-free privileges to Taiwan passport holders often require a National ID number imprinted on the passport's biodata page, which signifies the holder's right of abode in Taiwan.

The ROC (Taiwan) passport is one of the five passports with the most improved rating globally since 2006 in terms of number of countries that its holders may visit without a visa.[8]

Passport appearance

Second generation biometric passport

The second generation biometric passport has been issued since 5 February 2018.[9] It was originally issued from 25 December 2017,[10] but several hundreds of issued passports had to be recalled because they contained an image of Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.[11]

First generation biometric passport

The first generation biometric passports were introduced 29 December 2008. Taiwan became the 60th country in the world to issue biometric passports when they were introduced.[12][13][12][13]


The cover of the ordinary ROC (Taiwan) passport is dark green, with the ROC national emblem – Blue Sky with a White Sun - in the middle. On the top is the official name of the country, "REPUBLIC OF CHINA", in both Traditional Chinese characters and English. Below the national emblem, the word "TAIWAN" is printed in English only and "PASSPORT" is printed in both Traditional Chinese and English. At the bottom is the biometric passport symbol ().[14]

The cover of the official passport is brown and has the words "OFFICIAL PASSPORT" on the cover, and the diplomatic passport is dark blue with "DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT" on the cover.

Request page

The first page of the passport is the passport note page and printed the following request, with anti-counterfeiting printing shows the shape of the island of Taiwan at the top and word TAIWAN at the bottom.
In Traditional Chinese


In English

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China requests all whom it may concern to permit the national of the Republic of China named herein to pass freely and in case of need to give all possible aid and protection.

Data page

A sample ROC (Taiwan) passport data page
護照號碼/Passport No.
姓名/Name (Surname, Given names)
外文別名/Also Known As
身分證統一編號/Personal Id. No.
出生日期/Date of birth
01 SEP 2003
發照日期/Date of issue
29 DEC 2008
出生地/Place of birth
效期截止日期/Date of expiry
29 DEC 2018

Personal biodata page information for the passport holder and the machine readable zone are listed below.

TypeP for ordinary passports, PO for official passports, PD for diplomatic passports
CodeTWN, the ISO country code for Republic of China
Passport No.a nine digit number, biometric passports start with 3
Nameboth Chinese characters and romanization
Also Known Asonly available for people with alias in other languages
Personal Id. No.Taiwanese National ID number, not available for NWOHRs
SexM for male, F for female
Date of birthDD MMM YYYY
Date of issueDD MMM YYYY
Place of birththe name of a province or special municipality if born in Taiwan or China, or a foreign country if born abroad. For example: TAIWAN,FUKIEN, TAIPEI CITY, NEW TAIPEI CITY, TAOYUAN CITY, TAICHUNG CITY, TAINAN CITY, KAOHSIUNG CITY, CANADA
Date of expiryDD MMM YYYY
AuthorityMINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS for passports issued by the MOFA, or the name of the issuing diplomatic mission for passports issued by a Taiwanese mission abroad. All biometric passports are issued by the MOFA in Taiwan regardless of the actual place of application.[12]

The biodata page is protected by a plastic anti-counterfeiting layer with laser holograms of the country code TWN and broad-tailed swallowtail butterfly, an endemic species of Taiwan.

Inner pages

The inner pages of a Taiwan passport are in light purple. Its contents are:

  • Personal data page in page 2
  • Signature in page 3
  • Amendments and endorsements from page 4 to page 7
  • Visa pages from page 8 to page 47
  • Remark pages from page 48 to page 50

Selected nature hotspots and famous sights of Taiwan are printed in the inner pages, each page also contains a transparent watermark of Jade Mountain, the highest peak of the country.

2Airport and Taiwan High Speed Rail transportationsN/A 26, 27Alishan National Scenic Area and Alishan Forest RailwayChiayi
3Electronics industry in Taiwan 28, 29Rice agriculture in Chianan Plain
4, 5Yehliu Scenic AreaNew Taipei 30, 31Salt evaporation ponds in Qigu DistrictTainan
6, 7Guandu Bridge and Bali District 32, 33Eternal Golden Castle and Fort Provintia
8, 9National Palace MuseumTaipei 34, 35Port of KaohsiungKaohsiung
10, 11Taipei 101 and Taipei metro area 36, 37Oil-paper umbrella of Meinong District
12, 13Suspension bridge of BitanNew Taipei 38, 39Kenting National Park and Eluanbi LighthousePingtung
14, 15Tea harvest in northern TaiwanHsinchu 40, 41Orchid Island and Tao PeopleTaitung
16, 17Dabajian Mountain in Shei-Pa National ParkMiaoli 42, 43Taroko National Park and Central Cross-Island HighwayHualien
18, 19Formosan landlocked salmonTaichung 44, 45Chingshui Cliff
20, 21Taichung Park 46, 47Guishan Island and CetaceasYilan
22, 23Sun Moon LakeNantou 48, 49Volcanic geologyPenghu
24, 25Jade Mountain in Yushan National Park 50ShisaKinmen

Back cover

A contactless biometric chip is embedded in the back cover page, with the warning as follows.
In Traditional Chinese:


In English:

This passport contains a sensitive electronic chip, and should be treated with great care in the same way as a portable electronic device. For best performance, please do not bend, twist, perforate or staple the passport. Neither expose it to direct sunlight, extreme temperature or humidity. Avoid electro-magnetic fields or chemical substance.


Passport regulations for nationals with household registration

Nationals with household registration in the Taiwan Area may apply for passports from the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Taipei or its branch offices in Kaohsiung, Hualien and Taichung with the following documents:

First time applicants are required to submit their documents in person to the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

  • Processing time: Four working days.
  • Validity period: Starting from 21 May 2000, validity period for an ordinary passport is generally 10 years and 1 day. For applicant aged under 15 is 5 years. For the male citizens who have not complete his conscription duty is 3 years.
  • Application fee: Effective since 1 January 2013, the application fee for a 10-year passport is NT$1,300, for a passport with restricted validity period is NT$900.[15] In comparison, the cost of manufacturing a passport is NT$1,361, regardless of the validity period.[16]

Due to mandatory military service for men, travel restrictions are placed on male citizens from the age of 15 until they have completed their military service. When a passport is issued to a such citizen, a stamp with the following words will be shown on the remarks page, and a sticker which describes the regulation will be attached to the back cover of the passport.[17]
In Traditional Chinese:

Translation: The bearer needs a permission to travel abroad and has not yet completed his military service.

Before travelling, the holder needs to apply for permission to travel overseas with the National Immigration Agency or the conscription administration near his residence. Permission is granted in the form of a stamp on the remarks page, including the expiration date and the issuing authority.

Passport regulations for nationals without household registration

Around 60,000 Taiwan passport holders are NWOHRs, accounting for approximately 0.5% of total valid passports. NWOHRs are overseas nationals without household registration in Taiwan, and hence do not have the right of abode in Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu and other outlying islands.


Overseas nationals can only apply for a passport from an embassy, consulate or Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office near their residing country with the following document.

The Republic of China nationality law adopts the jus sanguinis principle. The applicant's nationality may be established through ancestral ties. Various documents may be used as proof, see the eligibility paragraph for more information thereto.

  • Application fee: For a 10-year passport is US$45, for a passport with restricted validity period is US$31.[15]

Travel requirements and limitations

Unlike residents of Taiwan, NWOHRs do not automatically have right of abode in Taiwan. They are required to apply for an entry permit to enter Taiwan prior to their travel if they are not exempted. The application must be submitted to the embassy, consulate or Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office of their country of residence. Once application is approved, a visa-like permit will be affixed on the visa page.

Because of the lack of right of abode, page 50 of NWOHR passports show the following words in ink.
In Traditional Chinese:

Translation: "This passport is not eligible for visa waiver programs of some countries according to their regulations."

[19] Unlike passports of Taiwanese residents, passports for NWOHRs contain a special stamp that indicates non-resident status and exempts holders from conscription.

NWOHRs Residing in South Korea

NWOHRs residing in South Korea are not required to apply for an entry permit to enter Taiwan prior to their travel. However, they must hold a ROC passport, a valid Alien Registration Card of South Korea, and apply for a Temporary Entry Permit upon arrival. The Alien Registration Card of South Korea of the NWOHR must denote the bearer's immigration status in South Korea as either F-2 (Long-Term Residence) or F-5 (Permanent Residence).

Eligibility for Taiwan passports

The ROC was founded in 1912 governing the Mainland China. At the end of the Second World War in 1945, the Republic of China was given administrative jurisdiction over Taiwan and maintained control of it ever since. At the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, the ROC lost its control of Mainland China to the Chinese Communist Party, which established the People's Republic of China (PRC). Henceforth, the ROC has been able to administer only Taiwan and some islands off the Mainland's coast. Maintaining the view that it is still the legitimate government of the whole of China, the ROC does not formally recognize the legitimacy of PRC. It has also constitutionally defined all the territory under its control as the "Free Area" (or the "Taiwan Area") and the territory outside Taiwan Area as the "Mainland Area". The ROC constitution allows the ROC government to make laws for one Area of the country without affecting the other Area..

However, permanent residents in the Mainland Area, Hong Kong or Macau are not generally eligible to obtain a ROC passport [Passport Act, Article 6].[20] Furthermore, Overseas Chinese applicants normally must submit one of the following forms of proof of ROC nationality [Passport Act Enforcement Rules, Article 4]:[21]

  • A ROC passport;
  • A Certificate of Overseas Chinese status, issued on the basis of proof of ROC nationality;
  • Proof of ROC nationality for a parent or ancestor, together with proof of descent.

As the first ROC nationality law, in effect from 5 February 1929 to 9 February 2000, only permitted ROC national fathers to pass nationality down to the descendants, any person who was born on or before 9 February 1980 to an ROC national mother and a foreign father is not a ROC national, regardless of place of birth.[22]

There are certain exceptions to this in certain cases for first and second generation emigrants, but in general an applicant will be unable to obtain a ROC passport unless he already holds ROC-issued nationality documentation for himself or an ancestor.

Therefore, for a person to obtain a ROC passport, one of the following must normally apply:

  • The person first obtained proof of ROC nationality before 1949, when the ROC controlled the Mainland Area; or
  • The person first obtained a ROC passport or a Certificate of Overseas Chinese status before 1 July 1997 as a resident of Hong Kong, or before 20 December 1999 as resident of Macau; or
  • The person first obtained a ROC passport before 2002, as an Overseas-born Chinese, on the basis of Chinese ethnicity, before the Passport Act Enforcement Rules were revised to prevent this; or
  • The person obtained an ROC passport after emigrating overseas from the Mainland Area [Passport Act Enforcement Rules, Article 18];[21] or
  • The person obtained an ROC passport after emigrating overseas from Hong Kong or Macau, whilst not holding a foreign passport other than a BN(O) passport [Passport Act Enforcement Rules, Article 19], or after being born overseas to a parent who so emigrated;[21] or
  • The person has an ancestor in one of the previous categories (i.e. the ancestor actually obtained the ROC document, as opposed to merely having the right to do so), and the chain of descent is through the male line until the 1980s.

The interior is in traditional Chinese characters and English. Until the mid-1990s, the passport also contained an entry for provincial ancestry (籍貫), stating the Chinese province and county of one's ancestral home, but this field has been eliminated. However, the Chinese province or county of birth is still listed in the birthplace entry if the passport holder was born in either Mainland China or Taiwan.

Limitation in usage

Even though Taiwan maintains official relations with only 19 countries, the ROC passport is still accepted as a valid travel document in most countries of the world. Although Taiwanese enjoy visa-free status in 137 countries, some countries, pursuant to their positions on Taiwan's political status, refuse to visé or stamp ROC passports, and instead issue visas on a separate travel document or a separate piece of paper to Taiwanese travelers to avoid conveying any kind of recognition to the ROC, or to Taiwan as a polity distinct from the PRC. The chart below only lists countries or territories which explicitly state that ROC passports are not accepted, while also requiring a visa or entry permit for ROC nationals prior to arrival.

 ArgentinaVisitor permit issued in a separate paper.[23]
China (Mainland)ROC passports are not recognized or accepted. ROC nationals with right of abode in Taiwan are required to apply for a Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents (a credit card sized travel document). For those without right of abode in Taiwan, a passport-like Chinese Travel Document is required.[24]
 GeorgiaROC nationals are not allowed to enter or transit.[25]
 Hong KongROC nationals with right of abode in Taiwan are required to either use their Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents, or complete a Pre-arrival Registration for Taiwan Residents online. For those without right of abode in Taiwan, a Chinese Travel Document with a Hong Kong SAR Entry Permit is required.[24]
 JamaicaROC passports are not recognized. Must hold an Affidavit of Identity issued by Jamaica.[26]


"Republic of Taiwan" sticker

In 2015, a pro-independence activist, Denis Chen, designed the Taiwan Passport Sticker (Republic of Taiwan sticker) to be placed on the front cover of ROC passports. The stickers re-brand the country's name as "台灣國" (literally, State of Taiwan) and "Republic of Taiwan" , as well as replacing the existing national emblem of a Blue Sky with a White Sun with cartoons of either Jade Mountain, Formosan black bear, or pro-democracy activist Cheng Nan-jung.

Although applauded by pro-independence supporters, this move caused controversies in Taiwan's neighboring countries and regions, as well as the United States, since the alteration of passport covers might be a violation of immigration laws in other countries or regions and eventually cause the refusal of entry to holders of such passports.

Singapore was the first country in Asia to deny entry to holders of altered passports on 29 November 2015, and deported three ROC nationals for "altering their travel documents".[27] Among the three, two immediately removed the Republic of Taiwan stickers upon the further inquiries by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers, but were eventually deported by Singapore to Taiwan. Another person had refused to remove such stickers and instead requested diplomatic representatives of Taiwan for consular protection, but was also deported in the end by ICA.[28] The two Special Administrative Regions of China, Hong Kong and Macau, soon followed suit and refused to accept holders of such passports for entry.[29][30] A spokesperson of Hong Kong Immigration Department said that any person who "altered the travel document without lawful authority, or, who possess or use altered travel document", is a violation of Immigration Ordinance and can be sentenced for up to 14 years in prison.[31]

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) had, through diplomatic channels, notified the Republic of China MOFA and confirmed that holders of such altered passports may be extensively questioned by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and be removed from the United States,[32] and on March 2016, two travelers from Taiwan voluntarily removed Republic of Taiwan stickers because of the extensive questioning by CBP officers. The two travelers were eventually admitted into the U.S., while a CBP spokesperson warned that alterations of travel documents made by any person who is not authorized by the government of a country can render it invalid and will result the holder's refusal of admission to the U.S., and placing Republic of Taiwan stickers on passports is deemed to have altered the travel documents.[33] Similar incident also occurred in Japan when a holder of altered passport was taken to secondary inspection. After being told that he would be deported, the man finally removed the Republic of Taiwan stickers and placed them on his T-shirt and was allowed into Japan.[34]

Supporters of the stickers claimed that passports with Republic of Taiwan stickers were accepted in the United Arab Emirates[35] and in Japan. In the latter case, the person who placed Republic of Taiwan sticker claimed that he was simply trying to block the word "China" from his passport.[36] Holders of such passports were also allowed entry in Philippines, although a Bureau of Immigration (BI) spokesperson claimed that the passenger would normally be thoroughly inspected and called the incident "a serious matter", while also said that the government would launch an investigation.[37]

According to the Bureau of Consular Affairs of Taiwan, a total of 21 people had been denied entry by Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong since the end of 2015. Also, incidents were reported in Japan and U.S. of the use of Republic of Taiwan stickers. The Republic of China MOFA called upon travelers to not alter the cover of their travel documents so that they would not be denied entry.[38]

See also


  1. Lack of right of abode means that the passport holder cannot be deported to the issuing country of the passport. Similar examples include British Overseas Citizens who do not have the right of abode in the United Kingdom.


  1. Formally known as the Republic of China
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