Filipinos may now be able to visit Taiwan visa-free starting November 1, 2017 until July 31, 2018.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines announced that the visa-free entry will be applicable to Filipinos who will not exceed 14 days for their visit. It’ll be on a trial basis.
“Philippine nationals who intend to visit the ROC (Taiwan) for the purpose of tourism, business, visiting relatives, attending functions or events can enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan, ROC, for a duration of stay up to 14 days,” TECO stated.
It adds: “This visa-free initiative shall undergo a 9-month trial period until July 31, 2018 as part of Taiwan’s goodwill and efforts of the ‘New Southbound Policy’ to build closer people-to-people exchange of visits and an economic community between Taiwan and the Philippines.”
Here’s the requirements for visa-free entry:
- a regular passport with remaining validity of at least 6 months from the date of entry (diplomatic and official passport holders are not eligible for visa-free treatment)
- a return ticket or a ticket for the traveler’s next destination and a visa for that destination if required
- no criminal record in Taiwan
- proof of accommodations (such as hotel booking) or host/sponsor’s contact information or arrangements of tour, travel, visit, events, meetings, etc
TECO clarifies that Filipinos who’ll stay “for more than 14 days or for the purpose of study, work, missionary, employment, and other gainful activities” will still need to get visas.
Taiwan Representative to the Philippines Gary Song-Huann Lin said:
“Through these significant efforts, we will surely enhance our bilateral tourism, economic, cultural, educational, and other areas of cooperation and exchanges which will eventually bring mutual benefits to the peoples of Taiwan and the Philippines.”