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Taiwan - Obtain a Diplomatic or Official Passport

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  1. Gather all documents you will need to present or submit to apply for the procedure.
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. Submit the form along with all other required documents.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed Application Form
  • Identification
  • Two identical passport photos (45x35 mm or 1.77 x1.38 inches, coloured)
  • Other relevant documents that may be required by BOCA

Passport Photos

  • The photograph must be less than 6 months old.
  • The photograph must measure 45 x 35 mm in size (1.77 inches long x 1.38 inches wide) and show a close-up of the head and top of the shoulders. The chin to crown (crown is the position of the top of the head if there were no hair) must be between 32 mm and 36 mm (70 to 80 per cent of the vertical height of the picture). Head or any part of hair must not touch the frame of the photograph (female applicant's hair is permitted to touch the bottom frame of the photograph).
  • The photograph must be color neutral, with no ink marks or creases.
  • The photograph must show the subject facing square on and looking directly at the camera, with eyes open and clearly visible. A neutral expression (no smiling, mouth closed) and a natural skin tone are required. The photograph must have appropriate brightness and contrast.
  • There must be no hair across the eyes. Both edges of the face must be clearly visible. The photograph must not show the subject looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or with head tilted to one side or backwards or forwards. Ears, moles, birthmarks or scars must not be covered. An applicant with microtia is allowed to conceal the ears, but both edges of the face must be clearly visible.
  • The photograph must have a plain white background. The lighting must be uniform with no shadows or reflections on the face or in the background. The subject's eyes must not show red eye.
  • The photographs must be at high resolution and printed on plain, high quality photographic paper. The image must be clear, sharp and in focus. Resampling of the original image or alteration of the image's size before printing is not permitted.
  • Photographs taken with a digital camera must be high quality color and printed on photo-quality paper. The camera must be with at least 3 million pixels and set to "the highest quality and high saturation". Alteration of the digital image is not permitted.
  • If the applicant wears glasses:
    • The photograph must show the eyes clearly with no reflection or glare in the glasses. Avoid tinted lenses (with the exception of the visually disabled).
    • Avoid heavy frames and make sure that the frames do not cover any part of the eyes.
  • Head coverings are not permitted except for religious or medical reasons, but facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.
  • Photographs must show the child's head and shoulders only (no chair backs, toys, pacifiers or other people visible).

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Bureau of Consular Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Republic of China (TAIWAN)
Address?3~5 Fl, 2-2 Chi-Nan Rd, Sec 1, Taipei, 10051, ROC(Taiwan)
Phone?(+886) 2-2343-2888
ROC Embassies and Missions Abroad

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Persons eligible to obtain a diplomatic passports:

  • Diplomatic and consular personnel, their dependents, and attendants of chiefs of Overseas Missions.
  • Personnel sent abroad by the Central Government on diplomatic missions, their dependents, and their approved attendants.
  • Diplomatic messengers

Persons eligible to obtain an official passports:

  • Personnel sent abroad on official missions by government agencies at various levels and their dependents.
  • Personnel sent abroad on official business by government agencies at various levels, and their accompanying spouses.
  • ROC nationals who are employed by international organizations, and their dependents.
  • Dependents of diplomatic passports holders and spouses, parents and unmarried children of official passport holders.


Diplomatic and official passports are issued for free.


Diplomatic passports and official passports are valid for up to five years.

Documents to Use[edit]

Diplomatic and Official Passport Application Form

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Required Information[edit]

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

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Need for the Document[edit]

A passport is a document, issued by the national government. It certifies the identity and nationality of the holder for travel abroad. It contains information about the holder; like name, gender, date and place of birth.

This document does not in itself entitle the passport holder entry into another country, nor consular protection while abroad nor any other privileges. However, it does normally allows the passport holder to return to the country where the passport was issued.

Rights to consular protection arises from international treaties, while the holder's return to the issuing country depends on the laws prevailing in that country.

Passports being issued in Taiwan are categorized as follows: diplomatic, official or ordinary.

Following are procedures on how you can obtain a Diplomatic or Official Passport in Taiwan.

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

  • Bureau of Consular Affairs Website:

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