Ultimate Guide to USA Visa Renewal for Taiwanese Travelers

Traveling to the United States is an exciting prospect, whether you are revisiting to create more memories or it is a crucial part of your professional commitments. For Taiwanese citizens, the ease of travel to the US has been greatly enhanced by the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The scenic diversity of the US, from the bustling streets of New York City to the serene landscapes of the Grand Canyon, offers a plethora of experiences for every type of traveler. While exploring these avenues, it’s important to ensure that your travel authorizations are up to date to avoid any interruptions to your plans.

As a Taiwanese passport holder, if you’ve previously traveled to the US under the VWP, you’ll be familiar with the need for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). This travel authorization makes it simpler to visit the US for tourism, business, or while in transit, but like all good things, it has an expiry date. Renewing your US visa—or, more specifically, your ESTA—requires attention to detail and an understanding of the renewal process. Let’s delve into what you need to know to seamlessly renew your ESTA and continue your adventures in the United States.

Understanding ESTA Renewal for Taiwanese Citizens

As the prospect of renewing your travel authorizations may seem daunting, we’re here to guide you through the process. The ESTA is not a visa but a travel authorization granted for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. As such, you can’t technically ‘renew’ it in the traditional sense. Instead, you’ll have to apply for a new ESTA whenever your previous one expires or if your passport details change. This also applies if your circumstances change, such as acquiring a new name, gender, or country of citizenship, or if the answers to any of the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions in the ESTA application have changed.

When Should You Apply for a New ESTA?

You should complete a new application form in the following situations:

  • Your ESTA authorization has expired.
  • You received a new passport.
  • There has been a change in your name, gender, or citizenship.
  • Your previous responses to any of the ESTA application questions have changed.

How to Apply for a New ESTA as a Taiwanese Passport Holder

Applying for a new ESTA is a straightforward process, but accuracy is key to ensure approval. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Fill out our easy-to-use online application form. The application takes about 10 minutes. Make sure to have your passport handy.
  2. Submit & Pay for your application. We accept all payment types. PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay & Credit Card.
  3. Get your ESTA emailed to you within 72hrs. We’ll email you your approved travel authorisation and that’s it, you’re ready to go!

For those needing an ESTA urgently, we offer two expedited processing options that you can select as an add-on at checkout.

ESTA Eligibility for Taiwanese Nationals

Taiwanese citizens are eligible for the ESTA under the VWP. This means you can stay in the US for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa, for purposes including tourism, certain types of business visits, and transit. To qualify, you must:

  • Hold a Taiwanese passport that’s valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the U.S. (unless exempted by country-specific agreements)
  • Arrive on an approved carrier if you’re traveling by air or sea
  • Have a return or onward ticket
  • Travel for business, tourism or transit

For a comprehensive list of VWP eligible countries, visit this link on our site: VWP Countries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I extend my stay in the US with an ESTA?

No, you cannot extend your stay with an ESTA. If you wish to stay longer than 90 days, you’ll need to apply for a different type of visa that accommodates longer visits.

Do I need an ESTA if I already have a valid US visa?

No, if you already have a valid visa, you can travel to the US with that visa for the purpose it was issued. An ESTA is not required in addition to your visa.

What if my ESTA expires while I’m in the United States?

If your ESTA expires after you’ve already entered the US, it won’t affect your departure. However, you’ll need to apply for a new ESTA before your next trip to the United States.

Is an ESTA a guarantee of entry into the United States?

No, an ESTA does not guarantee entry into the US. It allows you to board a carrier destined for the United States. Upon arrival, Customs and Border Protection officers will determine your eligibility for entry.


For Taiwanese passport holders, visiting the United States with an ESTA provides a smooth and efficient travel experience. It’s important to keep track of your ESTA expiration date and to apply for a new one in time for your next trip. Following the laid out steps for the application process ensures that your travel plans remain uninterrupted. A world of spectacular cities, picturesque landscapes, and cultural richness awaits you in the United States. Prep your ESTA, plan your journey, and embark on another memorable American adventure.

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