Hooray, Pinoy travelers! Filipinos can now enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan starting November 1.
The good news was announced by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines on Monday, October 16.
According to ABS-CBN News, Filipino visitors who would like to stay up to 14 days “for tourism activities, business, visiting relatives, attending functions or events can enjoy visa-free entry effective first day of November.”
“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,” TECO said in a statement.
Here are the necessary requirements if you’re planning to visit Taiwan starting next month:
1. An ordinary/regular passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the date of entry (Diplomatic & official passport holders are not eligible for visa-free treatment) ;
2. A return ticket or a ticket for the traveller’s next destination and a visa for that destination if it is required;
3. No criminal record in Taiwan;
4. A proof of accommodation (hotel) booking or host/sponsor’s contact information /or arrangements of tour, travel, visit, events and meeting etc.
If you’re planning to stay in Taiwan for the purpose of study, employment, and other gainful activities for more than 14 days you are still required to apply for visa before entering the country.
Those who will enter Taiwan with valid Travel Authorization Certificates (TACs) before November 1 may still continue to stay up to 30 days.
But if you’re traveling on November, TACs will no longer be acknowledged even if it is still within its validity. On the other hand, approved e-visas before November 1, will still be valid to enter Taiwan with a stay of up to 30 days.
For more info, check out TECO’s official website.