Can I go back to Taiwan for Vacation with only US Passport?

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Re: Can I go back to Taiwan for Vacation with only US Passport?

Postby frank1980 » 07 May 2011, 08:07

yes, my two friends both left Taiwan around 12-14 years of age. both know how to speak Mandarin and read some.. not much.
I have no idea how they linked their US passport to their ROC citizenship status.
point being, they did, and was detained. but this was back in 1999.

recently, I have not heard any of my friends having issue. but most all recommend letting the Taiwanese government know my status instead of lying to them and cheating your way in/out hoping you won't get caught.

apparently "oversea chinese" status stamp automatic link your roc passport and your us passport, and is a way of you letting the government know that you have a life else where and asking permission first to come in and out then just simply travel with your us passport.
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Re: Can I go back to Taiwan for Vacation with only US Passport?

Postby frank1980 » 07 May 2011, 10:04

btw, just out of curiosity of anyone who has filled out the Exit permit application for oversea chinese male
here: https://nas.immigration.gov.tw/nasf/ctl ... pplication

what the heck is:
最近一次出國日期
Last Date of Departure

and

最近一次入國日期
Last Date of Arrival

what date do you put in there!?
I haven't arrive or depart in 15 years...
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Re: Can I go back to Taiwan for Vacation with only US Passport?

Postby ch0002 » 08 May 2011, 04:34

frank1980 wrote:I am in the same boat, except It will be 6 more years until I turn 36.
I don't want to wait that long before I visit Taiwan.
It's been 15 years, since the last time I was there.

no one has the right answer for conscription.
local TECO said, since we exited Taiwan before age 16, we can use our US passport that we will be fine.

The law said otherwise.

the closest thing I can find is:
1. renew ROC passport with "oversea chinese" status stamp
2. Exist US with US passport and enter Taiwan with ROC passport with oversea chinese status
3. apply for an Exit Permit of Overseas Chinese Draft Age Men in Taipei before returning to the US, or online here: https://nas.immigration.gov.tw/nasf/ctl ... pplication
4. once approved, exit Taiwan with ROC passport, and enter US with US passport.

but when I do the online application, since I left taiwan at the age of 14, no previous exit permit were found to match against.
so yeah....

I have no idea what the rules are.. and what to do.

the only thing to do is to visit with US passport and take your chances.
although two of my friends have gotten detained using their US passport, and served a 12 months conscription before they can return back to the US.

seems like is not happening anymore...



Apply and see if TECO will grant you overseas chinese status. If so, you can visit and leave as long as you do not stay over 3mo. Part of the the application process, involves TECO determining your status. The overseas chinese status is partially created to exempt one from serving the military.

TECO denied my application, claiming that I visited TWN years ago, when I was 19 and studying in the US therefore did not qualify for OVerseas Chinese status - even though I have been in the US for over 15 yrs since and have not returned. I had no choice but to wait till I turned 36.
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