Starting November 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018, Filipinos can now travel visa free to Tawian as announced by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines on Monday.
The trial period for the visa-free entry covers only visits for up to 14 days fro the activities such as business, tourism, visiting relatives, and attending events.
Acoording to TECO, the Philippine passport holders must meet the requirements such as regular passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the date of entry, not have criminal record in Taiwan, possess a return ticket or ticket for the traveler’s next destination with visa for that destination if required, and have a proof of accommodation booking or details of the tour.
“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 on Monday.
On the other hand, those who did not enter Taiwan before November 1, their travel authorization certificates will be no longer valid as this “relaxed” visa application systems will be suspended during the 9-month trial period.
Meanwhile, those who have already get hold of long-term & multiple Taiwan visas which have been stamped on their passports can still use their visas to enter the Taiwan.
The Taiwan Representative, Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin also urged the Philippine government and Manila Economic and Cultural Office to grant visa-free to Taiwan nationals.