Chip versus non-chip ROC passport

Do I choose whether I get a chip or non-chip ROC passport, or does TECO decide? How is it determined?

Arent they all that way now? Didnt realise there was a choice.

I think they’re all with chips. You could however ask if there’s a possibility to deactivate it. You couldn’t use the E-Gate at the airport with an deactivated chip however.

All have a chip. Some countries (e.g. USA) don’t allow entry if your passport doesn’t have a chip.

I’d be surprised if they allowed the biometric chip to be disabled.

You can choose a TW Passport without electronic chip but only in the event of loss of passport or when is urgently needed

Article 2 of the Passport Application Fees

Article 2

The fee for applying for ordinary passport containing electronic chip in the R.O.C. is One Thousand Three Hundred New Taiwan Dollars per passport. However, for applicant who has not reached the age of fourteen, the fee shall be Nine Hundred New Taiwan Dollars per passport.

The fee for applying for ordinary passport abroad is as below:

*1. Passport containing electronic chip: *
Forty-Five United States Dollars per passport. For applicant who has not reached the age of fourteen, as well as male applicant living abroad starting from January 1 of the year following the year he reaches the age of eighteen, who has not been exempted from, or has not fulfilled, compulsory military service, which leads to reduction of validity period of passport, the fee shall be Thirty-One United States Dollars per passport.

2. Passport without electronic chip:

  • (1) In the event of loss of passport, where passport is urgently needed and there is insufficient time to wait for replacement of passport containing electronic chip, or for passport issued for the purpose of re-entry into the R.O.C. in accordance with Article 26 of the Passport Act, the fee shall be Thirty-One United States Dollars per passport.*

  • (2) In the event passport is urgently needed but not because of lost, there is insufficient time to wait for the issuance or reissuance of passport containing electronic chip, and passport with validity of one year is issued, the fee shall be Ten United States Dollars per passport. *

For Applicants who have renounced R.O.C. nationality with approval but have not received nationality of other countries, the fee charged shall be in accordance with passport containing electronic chip.

For passports referred to in Paragraph 1 and Subparagraph 1 of Paragraph 2 which are processed pursuant to the proviso under Article 14 of the Passport Act, the fee shall be reduced by half.

Payment of the fee in the local currency shall be in accordance with the fee amount in the local currency equivalent to the amount in United States Dollars reported to the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (hereinafter referred to as the “Bureau of Consular Affairs”) by the overseas embassies and offices and approved by the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Applicants who apply for passport abroad by post, unless the applicant will pick up the passport in person or authorize an agent to pick up the passport, return postage or fees equivalent to the cost of postal delivery shall be included.


E-passport issuance workflow. , source: Taiwan migrates from MRP to e-passport , Expectations and achievements

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@chydals, thank you very much for the link. It is very useful.

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