Last Updated on 08-29-2022
Due to COVID-19, many students traveling to Taiwan to study Chinese may be confused about the visitor visa(student visa) application process, gov’t quarantine regulations and what they actually have to do when they arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. As a result, mrhost has prepared a 5-step process that you can follow to ensure smooth entry into the country. It is important to note that:
- Students can only enter the country through the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
- Fines of up to NT 1 million dollars can be charged to anyone caught violating the quarantine regulations.
- Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced that from March 1st, 2022 Taiwan will open up its borders to non-scholarship students whose purpose of travel is to study Chinese. It should be noted that Taiwan has opened up its borders to students coming to pursue degrees since February 8, 2021.
- How to go from applying to a Mandarin Language Center to arriving in Taiwan ( 5 easy steps)
- Step 1 : Apply for a Mandarin Training Center Seasonal Program in Taiwan
- Step 2 : Apply for a Republic of China (Taiwan) visitor visa (student visa)
- Step 3 : Apply for a student visa at the Republic of China (Taiwan) embassy in your country
- Step 4 : Quarantine protocols to follow before you arrive in Taiwan
How to go from applying to a Mandarin Language Center to arriving in Taiwan ( 5 easy steps)
Step 1 : Apply for a Mandarin Training Center Seasonal Program in Taiwan
If you want to travel to Taiwan to study Chinese(mandarin), the first and obvious step is to apply to study a seasonal program at a Mandarin Training Center(Chinese language center). If you have not selected a language center already, you can pick one from the list of all the Chinese language centers in Taiwan.
When you select the Mandarin Training Center of your choice, visit their website and follow their instructions on applying to study mandarin at their school. It is important to note that required documents and submission deadlines may vary for each language center.
Once you have successfully applied for admission and enrolled in the Chinese language program, the Mandarin Training Center will email you an admission letter. If you have completed the enrollment process and have not received your admission letter, we recommend contacting the Mandarin Training Center via phone/email as you will need an admission letter from the language center in order to proceed to the next step.
mrhost selected 10 Chinese Language Centers for students!
- Chung Yuan Christian University
- Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages
- National Sun Yat-sen University
- National Cheng Kung University
- Soochow University
- Chung Yuan Christian University
- National Tsing Hua University
- Ming Chuan University
- Shih Chien University
- Feng Chia University
- National Taipei University of Education
Step 2 : Apply for a Republic of China (Taiwan) visitor visa (student visa)
Although Taiwan has decided to open up its borders to non-scholarship students whose purpose of travel is to study Chinese, they are all still required to apply for a visitor visa (student visa) in order to enter the country. Once you have received the admission letter from the Chinese language center, the language center will submit a list of all their enrolled students to Taiwan’s MOE on February 14th, 2022, applying for visa qualification for their students. During this period, students can start gathering the supporting documents required to apply for the student visa.
Documents required to apply for a student visitor visa :
- Filled in the application form including the barcode. You can fill out the form on Taiwan’s government website. It is recommended that students fill out this form only after they receive the approved number from the Mandarin Training Center. If you require guidance when filling out the form, please refer to how to apply for a student visa step-by-step process.
- The original and a photocopy of your passport (valid for more than 6 months and must have blank pages).
- Two (2) 2-inch color photos (with white background) taken within 6 months.
- Residence visa fee of NT$3,000. The fee may vary with the embassy; please check with the Taiwan embassy in your country to confirm.
- The original and a photocopy of the Mandarin Training Center (MTC) admission letter.
- One (1) original study plan (describing your motive and plan for studying Chinese).
- The original and photocopy of a financial statement (e.g., bank statement or proof of foreign remittance)
- The original copy of your health check-up certificate (done within the last 3 months). The health check-up certificate should be issued by a domestic hospital or a foreign hospital designated by the Department of Health of your country.
- Other documents required by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Taiwan embassy in your country to know if you need any “other documents.” May vary with country.
While you are in the process of gathering these documents, the Mandarin Training Center may contact you to provide you with an “approved number.” If you have not heard from the center and you are almost done putting your documents together, feel free to contact them. You can only move on to step 3 if you have gotten the approved number from the Chinese language center.
NB: The required documents listed above are a basic template used by the Mandarin Training Centers in Taiwan. We recommend that you contact your language center in order to ensure that you have all the required documents requested by your school. The key to completing step 2 quickly and efficiently is to keep in touch with the Republic of China (Taiwan) embassy in your country and the Mandarin Training Center that you are enrolled in. Whatever questions you have, don’t be afraid to contact them. They get paid to deal with people like you XD!
Recommendation: At this point, you can start searching (NOT BOOKING!) for quarantine and self-health management hotels. Beginning the search now will make step 4 a lot easier. Remember, you are not the only student who wants to book a quarantine and self-health management hotel in Taiwan. Hotels operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Step 3 : Apply for a student visa at the Republic of China (Taiwan) embassy in your country
When you have received the approved number from the Mandarin Training Center and gathered all the necessary documents, then and only then can you proceed to the Republic of China (Taiwan) embassy in your country to apply for the student visa.
1.Going to the embassy to apply for the student visa
When you have gathered all the documents, take them to any one of the (preferably the closest) Republic of China (Taiwan) embassies in your country and they will apply for the student visa on your behalf. Ensure to call the embassy before your trip to confirm that all your documents are prepared according to their regulations.
If the visa application is successful, the embassy will contact you to notify you of the result. Feel free to contact the embassy if you do not hear from them. If you do not know where the Republic of China (Taiwan) embassy is located in your country, use the link above to search for their location and contact information.
2.Booking a flexible flight ticket & quarantine hotel
If everything goes smoothly and you were granted the visa, you can proceed to purchase your flight ticket. We recommend purchasing a flexible flight ticket. A flexible flight ticket will allow you to change travel dates or even cancel your flight at the last-minute for no fee or a smaller fee than a regular airline ticket. We recommend booking a flexible flight ticket because it is possible for there to be a delay in the special entry permit process.
Once you have booked your flight ticket, please ask your language center whether they are booking the quarantine hotel for you or you need to book it on your own. Remember, always take the initiative to call the embassy if you have not heard from them, they get paid to deal with people like you.
3.Taiwan special entry permit
When you have booked your flight, quarantine & self-health management hotel, send a copy of your visa, flight ticket, and the information of your quarantine hotel to your Chinese language center. Please ask your Chinese language center what information on the quarantine is needed in order to apply for the special entry permit. For e.g., name of the hotel, its address, booking confirmation picture etc. With this information, the Chinese language center will apply for the MOE special Entry permit on your behalf.
Step 4 : Quarantine protocols to follow before you arrive in Taiwan
Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced that from March 1st, 2022 Taiwan will open up its borders to non-scholarship students whose purpose of travel is to study Chinese. All students traveling to Taiwan must follow these regulations to ensure a smooth entry into the country.
A. Booking a quarantine hotel in Taiwan
Book a quarantine hotel recognized by the government, for more information about quarantine policy, please refer to the following link: The latest guideline for home quarantine in Taiwan
B. 10 things no one tells you to prepare for quarantine in Taiwan
The following picture is not a quarantine regulation. However, it is worth looking at.
If you need to find extended stay hotels after quarantine, you can book the extended stay hotels on mrhost.