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  • Source:National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior
  • Date:2010/8/25
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A.ROC Nationals

Nationals living in the Taiwan Area with registered permanent residence (hereinafter called registered nationals) may freely enter and/or exit the ROC with their passports from 21st May 2000 except military personnel, males to be conscripted to serve in the military, or those whose exit shall have the prior approval of the competent authorities and those who have been banned from exiting the ROC.

Nationals shall be banned from exiting the ROC if they:
  1. Have been sentenced to punishments of imprisonment or greater after exhaustion of their appellate rights and have not served or have not completed the term of the sentence;
  2. Have been wanted or have been restricted from exiting the ROC by the civilian or military juridical authorities;
  3. Have been strongly suspected, on the basis of sufficient factual evidence, of endangering national security or social stability;
  4. Have been strongly suspected of being involved in rebellion or treason and have been restricted from exiting the ROC at the request of the authorities concerned;
  5. Have been strongly suspected to be involved in major economic crimes or major criminal cases and have been banned from exiting the country at the request of the authorities concerned;
  6. Have yet to perform military service except for having been permitted to exit the ROC in accordance with law; or
  7. Have been banned from exiting the ROC by other laws on such grounds as owing taxes or failing to perform military.

Nationals whose application for exit the country is rejected shall be notified in writing with reasons for the rejection. The authorities shall organize a review committee composed of generally recognized impartial people to review cases denied pursuant to subparagraph 4 and 5 of the first paragraph and allow the nationals concerned to exit the ROC, provided that the committee approves it after the review.

Nationals without registered permanent residence in the Taiwan Area (hereinafter called unregistered nationals) shall be banned from entering the ROC if they have joined a rebellious organization or its activities; or have joined a violent or terrorist organization or its activities; or have been suspected of involving in rebellion or treason; or have been suspected to be involved in major crimes or to be habitual criminals.

; Or have used a passport or entry permit that is illegally acquired, counterfeited or tampered with; or that belongs to another person.

Registered nationals shall be free to enter and/or exit the ROC without being restricted.

B.Unregistered Nationals
  1. Visit
    Unregistered nationals may, in accordance with the “Immigration Law” and the “Regulations Governing National Entry and Exit”, apply for Single Entry and Exit Permits, Multiple Entry and Exit Permit and Temporary Entry and Exit Permits. The permit is valid for three months, and may be extended once for a total of six months from the first day of entry.
  2. Residency
    Unregistered nationals who meet the requirements of the provisions of the Immigration Law and may reside in the State may apply for residence to the ROC embassy or , representative office, or other organizations authorized by the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs(hereinafter called the ROC overseas missions)which refer the applications to the Immigration Office for processing. Unregistered nationals shall apply to the Immigration Office if they have entered the ROC for a visit.
  3. Registered Permanent Residency
    Unregistered nationals may apply for registered permanent residence in the Taiwan Area after residing for the required period if they retain the original qualifications for residence and meet the requirements of related provisions concerning registered permanent residence.
C.Hong Kong and Macao Residents
  1. Visit
    Hong Kong and Macao Residents may apply for single entry and exit permits, renewable entry and exit permits and multiple entry and exit permits in accordance with the Regulations Governing Hong Kong and Macao Citizen’s Entry, Exit, Residence and Registered Permanent Residence in the Taiwan Area. The permit is valid for three months, and may be extended once for a total of six months from the first day of entry.
  2. Residency
    Hong Kong and Macao Residents may apply for residence to the ROC overseas missions in accordance with the Regulations Governing Hong Kong and Macao Resident’s Entry, Exit, Residence and Registered Permanent Residence in the Taiwan Area, which will refer the applications to the Immigration Office for processing. The residents may apply for residence to the Immigration Office if they have entered the ROC for a visit.
  3. Registered Permanent Residency
    Hong Kong and Macao Residents may apply for registered permanent residence in the Taiwan Area after residing for the required period if they retain their original qualifications for residence and meet related requirements pertaining to the provisions of residence.
D.Mainland Chinese Residents
  1. Visit
    After being separated for over five decades, people on two sides of the Taiwan Strait have become close again. However, because Taiwan’s small area is densely populated, the ROC government has adopted a progressive openness policy in allowing Mainland Chinese residents to come to Taiwan to get together with family members, see sick relatives, pay their last respects to deceased relatives, participate in exchange activities, and reside and seek permanent residency. The application procedures are as follows:
    • People residing abroad may apply to the ROC overseas missions.
    • People residing in Hong Kong and Macao may apply to the China Travel Service in Hong Kong.
    • People residing in the Mainland China may apply to the Immigration Office through the help of their relatives or the sponsoring organizations in the Taiwan Area.

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  • Updated: 2011/3/14 14:30:00