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For foreigners who have legally stayed over 180 days in Taiwan, MOI will provide automatic 30-day visa extensions

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NIA announces that, foreigners who entered Taiwan on or before March 21, 2020, have stayed over 180 days in Taiwan, and are still legally staying as of July 17, will be granted an automatic 30-day extension, thus no longer required to apply at NIA service stations in person.

According to the CECC’s decision on July 16, 2020, a special visa extension policy will be devised by NIA, in order to resolve the situation in which foreigners are exceeding the maximum stay period of 180 days and unable to extend their stay. NIA explains that, considering the CECC evaluation which suggests that the global pandemic is still ongoing, in order to prevent massive movement of population leading to further outbreaks and increased burden on health authorities, foreigners who have stayed over 180 days in Taiwan will be granted the automatic extension.


In accordance with the CECC, this policy shall be subject to change depending on the development of the COVID-19 outbreak.




【Q&A】


Q1: On July 17, NIA announced an automatic 30-day extension policy for foreigners who have legally stayed over 180 days in Taiwan. Am I eligible for this policy?

A1: Automatic 30-day extensions have been granted to foreigners who meet ALL of the following requirements:
  1. Entered Taiwan before or on March 21, 2020.
  2. Have not overstayed their legal stay period, as of July 17, 2020.
  3. Total period of stay is 180 days or more, which includes the stay period permitted initially, and plus the automatic extensions by MOFA (announced 5 times, 30 days for each extension, 150 days in total).
Case 1: (Eligible for automatic extension)
Mr. A, a foreign national, entered Taiwan through a visa-waiver program on MAR 17. He was allowed to stay for 30 days, meaning he was supposed to depart by APR 16. Adding 5 MOFA automatic 30-day extensions (150 days), Mr. A’s total duration of stay reaches 180 days, which qualifies him for the current automatic extension policy by NIA. Factoring in this latest extension, Mr. A’s legal period of stay was going to expire on SEP 13 (180 days), now it is extended to OCT 13 (210 days).

Case 2: (Eligible for automatic extension)
Mr. B, a foreign national, entered Taiwan through a visa-waiver program on MAR 17. He was allowed to stay for 90 days, meaning he was supposed to depart by JUN 15. Adding 3 MOFA automatic 30-day extensions (90 days), Mr. B’s total duration of stay reaches 180 days (according to MOFA, foreigners cannot stay for more than 180 days in Taiwan), which qualifies him for the current automatic extension policy by NIA. Factoring in this latest extension, Mr. B’s legal period of stay was going to expire on SEP 13 (180 days), now it is extended to OCT 13 (210 days).

Case 3: (NOT eligible for automatic extension, please contact Bureau of Consular Affairs, MOFA)
Mr. C, a foreign national, entered Taiwan through a visa-waiver program on MAR 17. He was permitted to stay for 14 days, meaning he was supposed to depart by MAR 31. Adding 5 MOFA automatic 30-day extensions (150 days), Mr. C’s total duration of stay is 164 days, but not reaching 180 days. Therefore, Mr. C is NOT eligible for the current automatic extension policy by NIA. Should Mr. C be in need to further remain in Taiwan due to force majeure, he must contact Bureau of Consular Affairs, MOFA and apply for visa renewal BEFORE his legal period of stay expires on AUG 28 (164 days), in order to legally extend his stay in Taiwan.


Q2: Does this policy applies to foreigners who have overstayed the 180 days and exceeded their legal stay period?

A2: This policy only applies to foreigners who are still within their legal stay period, as of July 17. Foreigners should depart before exceeding their legal stay period. Therefore, this policy is NOT applicable to those who already exceeded (overstayed), and any overstaying foreigners should depart immediately.


Q3: Due to personal circumstances, I have previously applied for a special extension at the NIA service station, and it was before my legal stay period of 180 days was up. Am I still eligible for the automatic extension this time?

A3: If you have stayed over 180 days in Taiwan, and you have already applied for and received the special 30-day extension, which was given to foreigners of specific circumstances, you are still eligible for this automatic extension on July 17.


Q4: How do I verify this automatic 30-day extension, if my passport is not stamped the extended date?

A4: This extension is automatically registered on NIA systems, thus no application is required. For those who would like a formal documentation as proof, please submit your passport and relevant documents to NIA services stations. Our officers will stamp the passport to prove this extension.


Q5: Upon my departure, would I be considered overstaying and fined by NIA, given I don’t have the documents to prove this extension?

A5: At airport checkpoints, NIA officers will carefully verify and check for stay extensions. If you are eligible for this automatic extension, and you are still within the extended legal stay period, there will be NO fines due to overstaying.


Q6: I have already stayed over 180 days in Taiwan. If this policy was announced earlier, I would not have overstayed! Why wasn’t this announced earlier?

A6: This new policy is made according to the CECC’s evaluation of current global pandemic situation, and all related policies will be subject to change depending on the development of the COVID-19 outbreak. Foreigners who entered Taiwan on or before March 21 and have stayed over 180 days, shall depart before exceeding the legal stay period. We regret to inform that those who have already exceeded (overstayed) are not eligible for this automatic extension.
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