This Is Not a Drill: Taiwan Is Now Officially Visa-Free for Filipino Tourists
Here's what you need to know.
(SPOT.ph) Filipino travelers have been on the edge of their seats since the implementation of visa-free privileges to Taiwan was postponed. It was initially scheduled for June 1, but was tentatively moved to September; only to be left hanging again when the first –ber month rolled in. But finally, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office announced in the afternoon of October 16 that Philippine nationals who intend to visit their country "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" starting November 1, 2017.
This initiative, however, will be on a trial period until July 31, 2018. It is part of Taiwan's "New Soutbound Policy," which enhances cooperation and exchanges with 18 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Australasia.
To be allowed visa-free entry, a Filipino visitor must meet the following requirements:
- A regular passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the date of entry (diplomatic and official passport holders are not eligible for visa-free treatment)
- A return ticket or a ticket to the traveler's next destination
- Zero criminal record in Taiwan
- A proof of accommodation booking, host/sponsor's contact information, or arrangement of tours, visit, events, meetings, etc.
Time to book a ticket, file that leave, and brush up on our travel guides to Taiwan!
For more information, log in to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines' website.