Passports

Effective August 30, 2021, AIT no longer accepts walk-in renewals of 10-year adult passports. You must renew your passport by mail if your recent passport: is still valid or expired less than five years ago, has not been mutilated or damaged, was issued in your current name, and can be submitted with your application.


Please note: All individuals over the age of two coming to AIT for consular services are required to wear protective masks. You will not be allowed entry without a mask.

Taiwan has implemented temporary measures to counter the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. In accordance with Taiwan regulations, any individual who is subject to home quarantine will not be allowed to enter AIT. Please schedule appointments accordingly.

Please arrive to AIT at the time of your scheduled appointment.  If you arrive more than ten (10) minutes before or after your appointment, you will not be permitted entry and will have to reschedule online. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

 

NOTICE ABOUT APPOINTMENTS AND SECURITY PROCEDURES AT A.I.T.

All services at AIT Taipei and AIT Kaohsiung are by appointment only.  Please note that the American Institute in Taiwan is a U.S. government facility with strict security procedures about who may enter and what they may bring with them.

We request that you follow this link to obtain complete information on making an appointment with us, cancelling an appointment you no longer need, and adhering to AIT’s security regulations during your visit.

Please note:  You will be directed to “appointment details” when you have successfully scheduled an appointment.  You will not receive any confirmation email from the system and AIT does NOT have the resources to confirm appointments.  We look forward to serving you at your scheduled appointment.

Passport Validity – We recommend that you renew your passport at least 6 months before it expires. Many countries in the region do not allow you to enter unless your passport is valid for more than 6 months.  Country Specific Information on Entry/Exit Requirements for U.S. Citizens is available on travel.state.gov.

Expedite Service is not Available Overseas – The processing time is approximately three weeks.  We cannot expedite full-validity passports as this is the minimum time required to transmit the application to the U.S., produce the passport, and send it back to us by express mail.

Application Status – The status of your application should be available online 7-10 days after the application is complete.  To check the status, please click here.

First Passport for Your Baby – If you are applying for a US passport for the first time for a baby or child born outside the US, follow the instructions for reporting “Birth of a U.S. Citizen Abroad”.

  • U.S. citizens overseas who have U.S. passports that expired on or after January 1, 2020, are allowed to use those passports to return to the United States under limited circumstances.  Restrictions apply and more information can be found here.
  • We strongly advise all customers to bring cash, as our system does not always accommodate credit card transactions.
  • Cosmetic contact lenses that make the iris appear larger or smaller are not acceptable in passport photos.
  • Eye glasses are not allowed in passport photos.
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) is required for all passport applications.  Click here to learn more about obtaining your SSN.
  • The Department of State no longer offers the option of adding visa pages to U.S. passports.  If you need more pages, you are required to renew your passport.

Please click here for the schedule of fees.

Effective October 1, 2016, a Social Security Number (SSN) is required for all passport applications.  It is NOT enough to simply write 000-00-0000 because you do not know it or because you are certain that you do not have one.  This new regulation requires you to confirm the status of your Social Security Number (SSN) with the Social Security Administration (SSA) before submitting your passport application.  Contact SSA in Manila for assistance if one of the below applies to you:

  1. You have an SSN but do not remember the number; or
  2. You are uncertain whether you have an SSN

Click here to learn more about obtaining your SSN.