Taiwan: the next destination for expats?

Recent Taiwanese government initiatives are seeking to attract further foreign tourism, business and investment, as Christina Karl, managing director for Asia at corporate immigration specialist Berry Appleman & Leiden, explains.

With its progressive economy, friendly locals, scenic views and low cost of living, Taiwan has been a favoured Asian destination for tourism and business travel.

This year, the Taiwanese government has taken steps to revise immigration-related regulations to further boost tourism and business travel to the country. In particular, under a new president, Taiwan is pivoting south to expand commercial, technological and cultural ties to India and countries in the ASEAN bloc.


A new programme provides visa-free access to Taiwan’s neighbouring countries. Nationals from Thailand and Brunei are eligible for visa-free travel to Taiwan for stays of up to 30 days for tourism purposes.

This programme began on 1 August and will run for an initial one-year pilot period.

In addition, starting on 1 September, nationals of Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam who have been issued a visa to Australia, Canada, Japan, the Schengen Area, South Korea, New Zealand, the UK or the US in the last ten years will also be eligible for 30-day visa-free travel to Taiwan.

Business travel

On 12 January, the government launched eVisas for eligible nationalities and specific activities for easier and faster business travel. The eVisa is appropriate for business visitors attending a conference, trade show or other event sponsored by the Taiwanese government or non-governmental organisations.

Nationals of the following countries are eligible for eVisas for ordinary business travel:

Belize Brunei Burkina Faso Colombia Dominican Republic
Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala Haiti Honduras
Kiribati Macedonia Marshall Islands Nauru Nicaragua
Palau Panama Paraguay Peru Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines São Tomé and Principe Solomon Swaziland
Turkey Tuvalu