Taiwan launches online services for non-locally born residents


Permanent residents of the two Special Administrative Regions not born in the cities can now apply for a single entry permit to Taiwan via an online system operated by the Taiwanese National Immigration Agency, the Taipei Economic and Culture Office announced yesterday. Applicants of the online service have to be holders of an SAR Resident ID card and passport or Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macau residents.
Eligible applicants will be charged TWD600 (MOP154/US$19) for the application fee. Prior to the launch of the online services, these types of resident were required to approach the local Taipei Economic and Cultural Office for the visa in person. The new online service commenced yesterday and operates from 9:00am to 5:00pm, while operating hours are to be expanded to around-the-clock in July.