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01.12.2017 - Article

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For Taiwanese citizen: Visa free travel to Europe (Schengen-area)

All Taiwan-passport holders can travel for short-term stays to the Schengen-area without a visa. Germany belongs to the Schengen-area.


For more Information about visa free travel to Schengen Area, please check the F&Q on the Website of European Economic and Trade Office Taiwan

F&Q about visa free travel to Schengen area

Visa label
Visa label © colourbox

Visa free travel to Schengen-area for Taiwanese
Travelling to the Schengen-area

As of January 11, 2011, Taiwan-passport holders do not need a visa to enter the countries of the Schengen Agreement as a tourist or for business purposes, provided that no employment is taken. Germany is part of the Schengen-area. The maximum length of a stay is 90 days within six months.

Taiwan passport holders have to be in the possession of a valid passport including an identity number.

Nationals from other countries residing in Taiwan might require a visa to enter Germany. To ascertain whether you need a visa, please click on the link below („table of countries“).

The following countries are members of the Schengen-agreement and EU-member states:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden


The following countries are members of the Schengen-agreement and not EU-member states:

Iceland, Norway and Switzerland


The following countries are EU-member states. They partially apply Schengen-regulations and therefore also allow Taiwan-passport holders to travel visa free:

Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania.


If you are not Taiwanese citizen please visit the following link to check whether you might need to apply for a Schengen visa: table of countries whose nationals require/do not require a visa to enter Germany


Preparing your application

Please prepare your application as follows:

  •  Please fill out the visa application form. online form
  • Please compile the documents you need to submit with your application. If documents or supporting documentation are missing, your application may be rejected. We have prepared a checklist for each type of visa.
    Schengen visa checklist
  • Please make an appointment to submit your application. You may submit your application three months before the start of your planned trip at the earliest.
    click here

Submitting your application

In order to submit your application, please attend your appointment at the German Institute Taipei in person. During this appointment, we kindly ask you to submit all of your application documents, pay the fee and answer questions about your planned trip. Your photograph and fingerprints will also be taken on this occasion.

What happens during processing?

The German Institute TAipei will review your application and make a decision on whether or not to grant you a visa. To this end, it will assess whether your application meets the legal requirements. Processing generally takes 3-11 days. We hope you will understand that we are not able to answer any questions on the status of your application during this processing period.

Return of your passport

As soon as the German Institute Taipei has decided on your application, we will send your passport and visa via courier to your address.


There are various reasons why your visa application may be rejected. The reasons will be stated in the letter notifying you that your application has been rejected.
You are welcome to submit a new application at any time with complete, informative and verifiable documentation.

Have a good trip! Information for visa holders

If all the information on your visa label is correct, you are free to travel. Please check the information on the label as soon as your passport is returned to you. You should let us know immediately if there are any mistakes so that we can issue you a new visa.


Your visa will state your full name and passport number and include your photo. It will also state the period of validity. This is the time period in which you can travel.
Please note that being granted a Schengen visa does not guarantee that you will be allowed to enter the Schengen area. The final decision on whether or not you will be allowed to enter the Schengen area will be made by the border police on your arrival. When you arrive, the border police may ask you to present additional documentation alongside your passport and valid visa with information on your financial means, the length and purpose of your stay, and your health insurance cover. You should therefore take a copy of your visa documents (including an invitation from Germany, hotel reservation and travel health insurance) with you on your trip.



Passports with various visas
Visa © Colourbox

National visas are issued for long-term stays for a particular purpose. Usually issued for 90 days, such visas may be issued for up to a year in certain cases. After entering Germany, visa holders must apply for a residence permit as a general rule.

Preparing your application

You should start preparing your application as soon as you have plans to stay long term in Germany. The entire visa application process can take several months.
Please prepare your application as follows:

Important information 

Please do not send the Visa Section any documents unless requested to do so, particularly not before you have applied for a visa. We are not able to store such documents and will not know to which application they belong. Please always bring the complete documentation with you to your appointment.

Submitting your application

In order to submit your application, please attend your appointment at the German Institute Taipei in person. Please hand in your complete documentation and pay the fee. The German Institute Taipei will ask you questions about your planned trip and take your photograph and fingerprints. 

What happens during processing?

The German Institute Taipei will review your application. To this end, it will check whether your application meets the legal requirements. Depending on the purpose of your trip, the processing time of checking your application might be different. The German Institute Taipei will contact you as soon as it receive the result from foreigner authority in Germany. We hope you will understand that we are not able to answer any questions on the status of your application during this processing period.

Return of your passport

As soon as the German Institute Taipei has reached a decision on your application, it will send you your passport and visa via courier.
There are various reasons why your visa application may be rejected. The reasons will be stated in the letter notifying you that your application has been rejected.
You are welcome to submit a new application at any time with complete, informative and verifiable documentation.

Have a good trip! Information for visa holders

If all the information on your visa label is correct, you are free to travel. Please check the information on the label as soon as your passport is returned to you. You should let us know immediately if there are any mistakes so that we can issue you a new visa.
Your visa will state your full name and passport number and include your photo. It will also state the number of days you can stay and the period of validity, that is, the time by which you must have received your residence permit for Germany.
Therefore, please do not forget to register at the residents registration office shortly after you arrive in Germany and to make an appointment with the foreigners authority. Your entry visa will allow you to travel within the Schengen area.

click here to download your application form

With a limited-withdrawal bank account you can provide evidence during the visa application process that you have adequate financial resources.

We know of the following providers in Germany who currently offer limited-withdrawal bank accounts for students:


Deutsche Bank

Fintiba

X-Patrio


It may also be possible to open a limited-withdrawal account with a bank in the town or city where you will be studying. To find out, contact the local bank directly.

符合規定條件之保險公司建議名單

List of approved Insurance Companies for travel health insurance

Liste von Versicherungsunternehmen, deren Reisekrankenversicherung im Schengen-Visumverfahren anerkannt wird

In Taiwan/ 位於台灣的保險公司 :

Firmenname/Name of CompanySprache/Language
Cathay Century Insurance Co., Ltd 國泰產物保險股份有限公司
Chinesisch/Chinese/中文
Cathay Life Insurance 國泰人壽
Chinesisch/Chinese/中文
CHUBB 美商安達
Chinesisch/Chinese/中文

Mingtai Insurance明台產物保險股份有限公司

Chinesisch/Chinese/中文

Fubon Insurance 富邦產物保險股份有限公司

Chinesisch/Chinese/中文

Hotai Insurance 和泰產物保險股份有限公司

Chinesisch/Chinese/中文

In der Europäischen Union/In the European Union/ 位於歐盟的保險公司:

Firmenname/Name of Company

Sprache/Language

ACS-AMI
Französisch/Website in French only
ADAC
Deutsch/Website in German only
April Mobilite
Französisch/Website in French only
Europaeische Reiseversicherung
Englisch und Deutsch/Website in English and German
Europaiske Rejseforsikring
Englisch und Dänisch/Website in English and Danish

Evasan Switzerland

Webseite auf Englisch, Französisch und Deutsch/Website in English, German or French

Mawista

Webseite auf Chinesisch, Englisch, Französisch, Spanisch und Deutsch/Website in Chinese, English, French, Spanish

Mondial Assistance

Englisch und Deutsch/Website in English and German

Pojistovna

Englisch und Tschechisch/Website in English and Czech

Provisit-Visum

Deutsch/Website in German only

SwissCare international

Webseite auf Englisch/Website in English

Vienna Insurance Group

Deutsch/Website in German only

Victoria Volksbanken
Englisch und Tschechisch/Website in English and Czech
Vergleich privater Versicherungsanbieter/Comparison of private insurance companies
Deutsch/Website in German only

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