Taiwan

ESTA for Taiwanese Citizens

Taiwan became a member of the Visa Waiver Program in 2012, allowing the citizens of Taiwan to benefit from the more convenient process of applying for an ESTA, as opposed to the US visa.

ESTA Requirements and Important Information

The following information should be considered before applying for an ESTA to check if it is the right option:

  • Applicant must have a valid, biometric passport
  • It can be used for multiple visits to the US
  • The US visit must be limited less than 90 days
  • Travel authorisation is mandatory to visit the US, either ESTA or visa is required
  • Children require their own ESTA, even infants
  • ESTA is valid for two years, or until the passport expires
  • Travel purposes include tourism, business, medical or transit
Application for ESTA for Taiwanese Citizens

Why Taiwanese Citizens Should Apply for ESTA

There are plenty of good reasons for citizens of Taiwan to apply for an ESTA when they want to travel to the US. The process is much faster and much simpler than the process for applying for a US visa, with a response usually being received within 24 hours. It is recommended that applicants apply at least 72 hours before they intend to travel to the US just in case there is any hold-up with the application.

When an ESTA is approved, it remains valid for multiple trips to the US if the holder is planning to travel again in the future. Applying for a US visa involves attending US Embassy and the whole process can take several weeks or even longer. Applying for an ESTA is all done digitally, with the correspondence being sent via email. Another key benefits of applying for an ESTA is that it is much cheaper than applying for US Visa.

The ESTA Application Process for Taiwanese Citizens

It is really easy for citizens of Taiwan to apply for an ESTA, they just need to visit the application form on the website and provide all of the details requested. The questions on the form include name, address, date of birth and then also asks about medical history and any criminal convictions. The applicant must also provide passport details as the Esther will be electronically linked to their passport.

Once all of the details have been completed it is crucial that the applicant checks through all of the details they have provided, as any kind of mistake could lead to the ESTA getting declined and destructing travel plans.

Once the details have been checked over, the applicant can then make the application fee payment by card and submit the application. The response regarding whether the ESTA has been approved will be sent to the email address provided in the application.

My ESTA was Declined, What Can I Do?

If your ESTA gets declined, there is still the opportunity to resubmit another application if you think you made an error on the declined one. Alternatively, you may need to apply for a US visa instead through the embassy:

US Embassy Address in Taiwan

American Institute in Taiwan
No. 100, Jinhu Road,
Neihu District 11461, Taipei City, Taiwan

ESTA Benefits:
  • Quick processing time, usually less than 24 hours
  • Use for US visits of up to 90 days
  • Use for business, tourism, medical or transit
  • ESTA can be used for multiple trips to the US
  • Complete the short form by mobile or desktop