October 16, 2017

Good News: Filipinos Can Now Visit And Enter Taiwan Without A Visa

In an official statement released on Monday (October 16), the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO) announced that Filipinos who want to visit Taiwan can now enter the country without a visa. The visa-free entry is only available to Filipinos who:
1. are visiting Taiwan for the purpose of tourism, business, visiting relatives, and attending functions or events
2. are staying in Taiwan for a duration that doesn't exceed fourteen (14) days

The initiative will go through a trial period starting from November 1, 2017 and ending on July 31, 2018. According to the TECO, the initiative is part of the country'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."

Furthermore, you can be a visa-free visitor if you meet these requirements:
1. an ordinary/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)
2. a return ticket or a ticket for the traveler's next destination and a visa for that destination  if it is required
3. no criminal record in Taiwan
4. a proof of accommodation or hotel booking or host/sponsor's contact information or arrangements of tour, travel, visit, events, and meetings, etc.

The TECO clarified that "those who intend to stay in Taiwan for more than fourteen days or for the purpose of study, work, missionary, employment, and other gainful activities are still required to obtain appropriate visas before entering Taiwan."

Taiwan is hoping that the Philippines will return the favor by granting visa-free entry by Taiwan nationals into the Philippines. Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, Taiwan Representative to the Philippines, emphasized that "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."