The following principles are followed when issuing visas for Tsungming Tu Award winners to attend the award ceremony or to execute cooperation research activities in Taiwan:
- After the Tsungming Tu Award winner list is announced, the staff of the NSC’s overseas Science and Technology Division will contact the Tsungming Tu Award winner to assist with his/her visa application at the local (or neighboring) ROC embassy or representative office.
- In general, the ROC issues several different types of visas: visitor visa (tourist, business or visiting relatives), resident visa (business investment, study or visiting relatives), courtesy visa and diplomatic visa. A courtesy visa may be issued for Tsungming Tu Award winners, but it only allows a single entry for up to 180 days.
- It is recommended that the Tsungming Tu Award winner applies for an extendable visitor visa if he/she needs to carry out research work in Taiwan and other countries simultaneously. This kind of visa allows multiple entries but can only be issued for 60 days. If the Awardee needs to stay longer to accomplish the research activities in Taiwan, the duration can be extended for another 60 days at the local police station before the visa expires. The visa may be extended twice for a maximum duration of 180 days. The Awardee must leave Taiwan before the visa expires (either 60 days without extension, or 180 days with two extensions).
- The duration of the visit is counted from the second day of entry into Taiwan.
- According to ROC regulation, the Tsungming Tu Award winner may apply for a one- or two-year Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) at a local police station if he/she plans to stay for more than six months to execute the cooperation research activities in Taiwan.