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Expired ROC passport (entering Taiwan)

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Expired ROC passport (entering Taiwan)

Postby lilmo » 07 Mar 2015, 09:57

I am leaving for Taiwan soon for about a week and I'm worried about the expired passport I'm carrying.

Couple of facts here:

Born in late 1980s
Born in Taiwan, immigrated to US when I was very young
Both parents are born in Taiwan & have ROC passports/IDs.
Currently have expired ROC passport with ID on it (but expired last year)
Currently have US passport with lots of stamps (I travel dozen times a year)
Traveling in Taiwan for pleasure for a week, nothing to do with work or study

My parents finally gave me my expired ROC passport (expired last yr) without even telling me for years and told me to enter Taiwan with an expired ROC passport in order to renew ID and fill out the entry permit form and add the residence address in Taiwan. They don't want me to renew my passport at all. Is that even legal?

One of my parents will be in Taiwan at the same time as I am, does renewing ID require one of my parents present in Taiwan? I don't understand why they need me to renew my ID so badly even though I don't plan to live or stay there longer than a month. Is it even NECESSARY?

I've never used ROC passport before or carried an expired passport before (I always renew my US passport on time), I travel frequently, but I don't like the idea of using an expired ROC passport at Taiwan immigration. Is it even mandatory to have a validated passport to renew ID? What are the requirements for renewing ID?
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Re: Expired ROC passport (entering Taiwan)

Postby Ming Taizu » 11 Mar 2015, 22:03

Lots of questions here. I would assume that Taiwan is like any other country and wouldn't let you enter with an expired passport. You can always renew your Taiwanese passport in the U.S. and then renew your ID when you next enter Taiwan on the renewed passport. You may or may not need parental presence/consent to renew your ID in Taiwan; contact your nearest TECO for specific requirements about renewing the ID and they should be able to help.
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Re: Expired ROC passport (entering Taiwan)

Postby Desert Fox » 05 Nov 2015, 15:16

You should check with the ID issuing office if you should enter with your TW or US passport, there is a huge difference as with the former you will enter as a Taiwanese and the latter as a foreigner. I know that to apply for an ID card you should enter with a TW passport, not sure if this also applies to when you are renewing your ID card.

I used to think that I could enter TW with my expired TW passport, but to my surprise, you cannot. It was May 2014 and I wanted to renew my TW passport in TW while I was visiting my grandmother. I wanted to renew my passport in TW because I'm working in mainland China and there is not a TECO over here. Upon my arrival to the airport, the immigration officers were going to process me and allow me to enter as a Taiwanese, however, the head of the unit said that they can no longer do it. Some of the staff members looked at him a bit surprisingly so I don't know if he was just trying to be a dick towards me or the rules had just changed. A lot of the times they can bend the rules and I think I could've made him let me in if I camped in front of him but I wanted to retain my dignity so I just entered with my US passport. If you do not enter TW with your TW passport then you cannot renew it in TW, the only other way is to do it at a TECO outside the island. So if you want to renew your TW passport in TW, then you should enter with it so make sure it is not expired, otherwise just renew it at your home country.
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Re: Expired ROC passport (entering Taiwan)

Postby hsinhai78 » 05 Nov 2015, 22:05

lilmo wrote:They don't want me to renew my passport at all. Is that even legal?

You are obviously well above the age of majority (20 in Taiwan). Why would you care about the useless advice your parents are giving you? Take your expired passport to the nearest TECO and get a new one. You would otherwise not be able to enter Taiwan on an expired ROC passport. And if you do not enter with your ROC passport you will not be able to get a new ID card at the household registration office. Simple as that. Talk to TECO and forget what your parents say.
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