As of 2011, Taiwan-passport holders do no longer need a visa to enter the countries of the Schengen Agreement as a tourist or for business purposes, provided that no employment is taken. Denmark, Norway and Iceland are countries that are part of the Schengen area. The maximum length of stay is 90 days within six months. Please note that Taiwan-passport holders have to be in the possession of a valid passport, including an identity number in order to enter Schengen countries.
Introduction of the Visa Information System, VIS (Biometric data) on 12th October 2015
As of 12th October 2015, applicants need to appear in person for the collection of the biometric data: 10 fingerprints and a photograph are collected from persons applying for a visa.
Before the recording of the photo applicants may be asked to remove glasses or adjust head coverings if they hide facial features.
Certain categories of applicants are exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints, including:
· Children under the age of 12
· Persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible
· Heads of State and members of national governments, and members of their official delegations when invited for an official purpose.
The introduction of biometric data is part of the Schengen Visa Information System (VIS). For more information about VIS, fingerprints, data protection and legal background, please see Visa Information System (VIS)
Please note that an appointment should be made before your meeting at The Trade Council of Denmark, Taipei.
Visits to the Schengen area: reminder
Taiwanese passport holders do not require a visa any more for short stays in the Schengen area.
However, the visa waiver does not give an unconditional right of entry and short stay.
We would like to remind visitors that they need to have with them the following documents, which will be requested upon entry in the Schengen territory:
- a passport with a validity of at least three months at the intended time of departure from the Schengen Area. Only passports containing the identity card number of the holder are eligible.
- in addition, you might also be asked to show:
- flight tickets for further journeys and return tickets;
- evidence of sufficient means of subsistence;
- reservation of accommodation, invitation letter in case of visits, conferences; school enrolment certificate in case of study etc.
Visitors to the Schengen area need to have these documents available upon entry.
More information can be found on
In doubt, questions can also be asked to representative offices of Schengen member countries in Taipei.
Please note that the visa waiver covers all passports – both biometric and non-biometric ones – issued by Taiwan, which contain the holder's identity card number. Taiwanese passports (of overseas Taiwanese citizens) not containing an identity card number remain subject to the visa obligation.
The Ministry of Denmark for Immigration has concluded that holders of old passports that state “Republic of China” on the front – and not Taiwan – are also eligible for visa free entry to Denmark as long as Taiwan is stated as birthplace and an ID number is to be found inside of the passport.
The following countries are members of the Schengen-agreement and the European Union (EU):
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark (including Greenland, Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
The following countries are members of the Schengen-agreement but not the European Union (EU):
Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.
Please note that in future, Norwegian passport holders are required to have their birth certificates legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan and no longer the Trade Council of Denmark.
The following countries are members of the European Union (EU). They partially apply Schengen-regulations and therefore also allow Taiwan-passport holders to travel visa free:
Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania.
If you want to know more, please download the Q&A document (PDF) on the right hand side.
Foreign passport holders
Certain foreign passport holders need to to apply for a Schengen visa to enter Denmark. Please make sure to check whether or not you need to apply for a Schengen visa here.
If it is the case that you need a Schengen visa, please submit your application at The Trade Council of Denmark in Taipei, providing the following: (All documents should be printed by A4 size paper)
Application (please download on the right hand side)
Passport and one copy of passport
Alien Resident Certificate and one copy of Alien Resident Certificate ( Foreigner residents in Taiwan)
Travel Medical Insurance
2 x photo
Fee (NTD 2,100)
Please note that an appointment should be made by e-mail or phone before your meeting at The Trade Council of Denmark, Taipei.
Travel medical insurance
Nationals who require a visa must have a travel medical insurance policy for their period of stay in Denmark as well as in other Schengen states when applying for a visa.
For nationals who do not require a visa, it is highly recommended to purchase a travel medical insurance for the duration of their stay, even if insured abroad under an statutory health insurance system.
For more information, please download the leaflet on travel medical insurance on the right hand side.