Taiwan extends 30-day visa for legally overstayed foreigners again

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TAIPEI (The China Post) — Given the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, the National Immigration Agency (NIA, 移民署) has decided to provide the 7th automatic extension to foreigners who entered Taiwan before or on March 21, 2020.

Those who have not overstayed their allowed duration of stay (including their initial visa and all previous extensions) may be eligible for the new automatic extension.

The NIA stressed that, in order to prevent international movement of population leading to further outbreaks, as well as to reduce the burden of epidemic prevention on local neighborhoods, foreigners who had been allowed to stay for 180 days or more were previously granted six automatic 30-day extensions, since July 17, 2020.

The seventh extension is now in effect.

The NIA further explained that upcoming extension policies will be reviewed and timely adjusted, in accordance with the CECC’s assessment on the COVID-19 pandemic.

For detailed requirements and information about this extension policy, please refer to the “Q&A.”