Consular Services for Foreign Residents of Taiwan

Information on how citizens of the United Kingdom, the USA, Australia and Canada can access consular services in Taiwan...

Many countries do not recognise Taiwan as an independent state and do not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, although China's claim of sovereignty is acknowledged. However, there is a strong trade, financial and cultural relationship between Taiwan and other countries, and consular and citizen services are available despite there being no diplomatic post in the country.

UK Citizens

The British Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei has a British Assistance and Services section, providing assistance and advice to British people living and travelling in Taiwan. It only provides limited consular services as a trade office has no diplomatic status.

The following services are provided by the British Assistance and Services section:

  • Travel advice for the country, including information on: natural disasters, staying healthy, local laws and general safety
  • Advice and assistance for people in difficulty, whether it is a lost passport, money problems or for those who are victims of a crime
  • Information on tax, driving and visas for people living in Taiwan
  • A list of translators and interpreters
  • A list of doctors and hospitals in Taiwan
  • Advice on daily life in Taiwan

The GOV.UK website includes information on how to register a birth, marriage or death of a British national in the country.

Applications for a new British passport cannot be made at the Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei and must be made through HM Passport Office in the UK.

  • For information on applying for a UK passport while overseas: Click here

US Citizens

The United States does not have an embassy in Taiwan; unofficial relations between the two countries are maintained through the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). It performs similar consular and citizen services to a diplomatic post. The AIT's main office is in Taipei.

  • US Citizen Services - AIT, Taipei
    At: 3rd Floor, Consular Section, No. 7, Lane 134, Hsin Yi Road, Section 3, Taipei, 106
    Tel: 02 2162 2239
    Open: Monday to Friday 08.30-11:30 and 13:30-15:30

The AIT provides the following services for US citizens in Taiwan:

  • Information on travelling safely within Taiwan
  • Information on voting and working in the country
  • Passport applications, by appointment only
  • Notarial services
  • Advice on daily life in Taiwan: driving, employment, medical information and tax

The Federal Benefits Unit at the Embassy provides assistance to individuals who receive benefits from the United States Social Security Administration, the Civil Service or the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • For more information on the Federal Benefits Unit: Click here

The Citizen Services website provides detailed information on how to register a birth or death of a US citizen while in Taiwan. Information is also given on marriage and divorce in the country.

Some consular services are also provided to US citizens at a branch of the AIT in Kaohsiung. Services are provided by appointment only.

Canadian Citizens

Canadian citizens have access to consular services in Taiwan at their country's trade office in Taipei.

Services offered by the trade office for Canadian citizens include:

  • Advice and help in an emergency, for example in the case of ill health, a missing person or a natural disaster
  • Visa and passport services
  • Advice on doing business with Taiwan
  • Legal and notarial services
  • Tax information
  • Information about getting married in the country
  • A list of local lawyers (PDF)

Australian Citizens

Australian citizens in Taiwan can get access to consular services at the Australian Office in Taipei.

  • Australian Office in Taipei
    At: The President International Tower, 27-28th Floors, No. 9-11 Songgao Rd, Taipei, 11073
    Tel: 02 8725 4100
    Open: Monday to Friday 08:45-12:30 and 13:30-17:15

Services offered for Australians include:

  • Passport applications
  • Travel information
  • Notarial services
  • Lists of local lawyers and doctors
  • Voting facilities for Australian elections