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5th Automatic 30-Day Visa Extensions Announced for Foreigners who have Legally Stayed for 180 Days or More

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Considering the current state of the global pandemic is still grim, NIA has decided to provide the 5th automatic extension to foreigners who entered Taiwan before or on March 21, 2020, and have not overstayed their allowed duration of stay (including their initial visa and all previous extensions).

NIA stresses that, in order to prevent international movement of population leading to further outbreaks, as well as to reduce the burden of epidemic prevention on local neighborhoods, foreigners who had been allowed to stay for 180 days or more were granted four automatic 30-day extensions, which were announced on JUL 17, AUG 14, SEP 14, and OCT 15 respectively. The fifth extension is now in effect.

NIA further explains that upcoming extension policies will be reviewed and timely adjusted, in accordance with the CECC’s assessment on the COVID-19 outbreak. For detailed requirements and information about this extension policy, please refer to the following “Q&A.”



“Q&A”

 Q1: On NOV 13, NIA announced the 5th automatic 30-day extension policy for foreigners. Am I eligible for this policy?
 A1: The 5th automatic 30-day extensions are granted to foreigners who entered Taiwan before or on MAR 21, 2020 and are currently staying within their allowed duration of stay (starting from MAR 21, 2020 or earlier, including all previous MOFA and NIA extensions).
Automatic extensions will no longer be given to foreigners who have violated laws or regulations during their stay in Taiwan, so they should depart as soon as possible. 
Case 1: (Eligible for automatic extension)
Mr. A, Foreign National
Entry: MAR 17, visa-free entry
Original Duration of Stay = 30 days (until APR 16)
Previous Extensions (30 days each):
  • 5x MOFA (No more than 180 days): +150 days
  • 4x NIA: +120 days
Total Extended Duration: 30+150+120 = 270 days (until JAN 11, 2021)
  • 5th NIA extension: JAN 11, 2021 +30 days (until FEB 10, 2021)
Case 2: (Eligible for automatic extension)
Mr. B, Foreign National
Entry: MAR 17, visa-free entry
Original Duration of Stay = 90 days (until JUN 15)
Previous Extensions (30 days each):
  • 3x MOFA (No more than 180 days): +90 days
  • 4x NIA: +120 days
Total Extended Duration: 90+90+120 = 270 days (until JAN 11, 2021)
  • 5th NIA extension: JAN 11, 2021 +30 days (until FEB 10, 2021)
 Case 3: (Renewed Visa, Eligible for automatic extension)
Mr. C, Foreign National
Entry: MAR 7, visa-free entry
Original Duration of Stay = 14 days (until MAR 21)
Previous Extensions (30 days each):
  • 5x MOFA (No more than 180 days): +150 days
Total Extended Duration: 14+150 = 164 days (until AUG 18) 
If Mr. C applied for visitor visa at BOCA on AUG 10 and received a new visa with 180-day duration of stay, the last day of his stay is changed from AUG 18 to SEP 3.
  • NIA extensions #2~#5: SEP 3 +120 days (until JAN 1, 2021)

Q2: Does this policy applies to foreigners who have already exceeded their allowed duration of stay?
A2: This policy only applies to foreigners who have not exceeded the number of days allowed to remain in Taiwan under their initial entry visa and previously announced MOFA and NIA automatic extensions. Therefore, this policy is NOT applicable to those who already exceeded (overstayed), and any overstaying foreigners should depart immediately.

Q3: How do I verify this automatic 30-day extension, if my passport is not stamped the extended date?
A3: 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.

Q4: Upon my departure, would I be considered overstaying and fined by NIA, given I don’t have the documents to prove these extensions?
A4: At airport checkpoints, NIA officers will carefully verify and check for all previous extensions. If you are eligible for this automatic extension, and you are still within the extended duration of stay, there will be NO fines due to overstaying.
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