Foreigners stranded in Taiwan by coronavirus allowed to extend visas

Foreign visitors must meet one of five criteria to apply for visa extension

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(National Immigration Agency photo)

(National Immigration Agency photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The National Immigration Agency (NIA) has announced five conditions under which foreigners will be allowed to apply for a visa extension during the coronavirus pandemic.

The following foreign visitors are eligible to apply as long as they have stayed in Taiwan for 180 days:

  • Those unable to return to their countries due to flight disruptions
  • Couples who have registered for their marriage license, including same-sex couples in which a partner's country has not legalized same-sex marriage, or those with a parent or child who has legal residency or holds an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC)
  • Those who entered Taiwan on a foreign passport but have legal residency in the country
  • Those the authorities deem need to extend their stay
  • Those deemed to have other justifiable reasons

Applications can be submitted at NIA service centers, with eligible individuals to be granted an additional 30-day stay for each extension. Required documents include service disruption certification from air carriers and identity documentation for the applicants and above-mentioned relatives.