Taiwan Country Profile

Passport
For more details visit Taiwan Passport Ranking
  • Passport Grade
    A-
  • Passport Ranking
    45/198
  • Passport Score
    161.6/198
  • Visa-free Countries
    117
  • Visa-required Countries
    81
  • Access to the World's GDP
    81%
  • Access to the World's Surface Area
    44%
  • Access to the World's Population
    51%
  • Access to the Unesco Sites
    67%
Citizenship and Naturalization
Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
  • Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
    Restricted
    Restricted: Child born in Taiwan can naturalize after 3 years of residency.
Naturalization - Standard Conditions
  • Minimum residency period
    5 years
  • Physical presence requirement
    At least 6 months a year
  • Language test
    Yes, Mandarin Chinese
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
    Yes
  • Can minor children naturalize?
    Yes, unmarried children naturalize along with parents
  • Can naturalized parents pass citizenship to a child born abroad?
    Restricted
    A child born overseas only gets a passport of a National Without Household Registration (NWOHR) which does not give an automatic right to live in Taiwan
  • Can you lose naturalization due to prolonged absence/ naturalization elsewhere?
Naturalization - Your Spouse is a Citizen
  • Living IN the country: Residency/marriage requirement
    3 years / 0 years
    May apply immediately after marriage, assuming you have resided there for 3 years.
  • Living ABROAD: Marriage requirement
    Not allowed
  • Language test
    Yes, Mandarin Chinese
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
    Yes
Naturalization - Other Beneficial Provisions
  • Your child is a citizen
    3 years
    May apply immediately after having a child with a Taiwanese citizen, assuming you have resided in Taiwan for 3 years.
  • Citizens of specific countries
    No provisions
"–": The provision has not been analysed.
Taxation
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Taxation Type
    Territorial
A tax resident of a country with a TERRITORIAL tax system pays taxes on the income generated within the country only. Income generated outside of the country remains tax-free.
Sovereign Man's Take on Taiwan
The history of modern Taiwan began in 1949 – when the Chinese government relocated to Taiwan from mainland China while fighting a civil war with the Chinese Communist Party. 

Since then, China and Taiwan functioned as independent countries, though both countries claim jurisdiction over both Taiwan and mainland China, and both consider their current neighboring government to be illegitimate.

Taiwan is similar to South Korea in one important regard – its culture is highly productive. 

At the same time, we’d say that Taiwan is a little bit more “free-wheeling”, and more open to foreign businesses.

From a business perspective, it usually earns very high marks on “ease of doing business” rankings – even if many of these rankings have dubious ranking methodologies. In Taiwan’s case, however, the high rankings are deserved.

We have several subscribers who’ve spent substantial amounts of time in Taiwan. They call it an amazing place to live. It’s developed, safe, reasonably priced and welcoming to foreigners. 

But keep in mind that serious geopolitical tensions are building up in the region. China would love to control Taiwan. And as China increasingly becomes the dominant military power in the region, at some point, the Chinese could opt to use blatant force in achieving this goal.

And you certainly don't want to be around when and if that happens.

Also, you need to beware of the country’s taxes; at least on the personal side. While the top corporate tax rate is rather competitive at 20%, the top personal income tax rate is a high 40%.

Still, Taiwan could serve you well if you want to set up a base in Asia. 

And it's worth considering for students. A degree from a Taiwanese university is relatively inexpensive, the education quality is good, and learning a Taiwanese version of Mandarin is highly useful (even though it is not entirely identical to the mainland Mandarin).

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Taiwan Overview
  • Region
    Asia
  • Capital City
    Taipei
  • Largest City
    New Taipei
  • Currency
    New Taiwan dollar
  • Languages
    Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien
  • Population
    23.4 million (57th)
  • Life Expectancy
    81.2 years (42nd)
  • GDP (Nominal)
    $828.7 billion (21st)
  • GDP/Capita
    $35,450 (34th)
Useful Data
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Cost of Living
    Inexpensive (3/7)
  • Climate
    Comfortable (2/5)
  • Safety
    Very Safe (2/7)
  • Pollution
    Average (3/5)
  • English Proficiency
    Low (4/5)

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