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I'm a US passport holder. My flight lands at Taoyuan Intl. (TPE) airport at 6:55 pm and does not fly out till 4:20 pm next day to Tokyo with a layover of 21 hours. I will be traveling on Chinese airlines from Manila to Tokyo.

Do I need a transit visa?

Is it okay for me to leave the airport to explore and come back next morning?

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No as a US citizen you don't need a visa to stay or enter in Taiwan Taoyuan Intl. (TPE) airport. Answer is from official Travel.state.gov :

"If you wish to enter Taiwan as a tourist or short-term visitor (less than 90 days), you do not need a visa. To enter Taiwan, you need:

  • No extensions or changes of status are permitted.
  • Your U.S. passport must be valid throughout your intended length of stay
  • you must have a confirmed return or onward air ticket.

Similarly Visa Policy Of Taiwan and Timatic confirms the same:

National USA (US) /Embarkation Philippines (PH) Transit Chinese Taipei (TW) /Destination Japan (JP) ALSO CHECK DESTINATION INFORMATION BELOW

Chinese Taipei (TW)

VISA NOT REQUIRED.

TWOV (Transit Without Visa): - Transit hotel is only available for Eva Airways (BR) and China Airlines (CI) passengers. Additional Information:

  • Former nationals of China (People's Rep.)

Further as you are traveling on China Airlines, you can also avail Free half day tour as a US citizen. Passengers with 7-24 hour layover before their next connecting flight can participate in this free tour. Details regarding program and policy can be obtained from this website:

Taiwan Free half-day tour

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  • Good answer, but maybe it would be good to have a link from the Taiwan government instead of the US? After all, it is Taiwan that makes these rules. Jan 2, 2017 at 17:52
  • @NateEldredge ok updating answer
    – Ali Awan
    Jan 2, 2017 at 17:52
  • An answer from the US Department of State is NEVER an "official" answer when it comes to the visa requirements of other countries!!
    – Doc
    Jan 2, 2017 at 23:54

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