As part of Taiwan’s goodwill to the Filipinos and in observance of their “New Southbound Policy”, Pinoys may now visit and tour Taiwan for 14 days, without a visa!
In October of 2016, we released an article on the conditions that Pinoy tourists must meet in order to enjoy a visa-free entry to Taiwan. Back then, you must have a valid visa to Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand or any of the Schengen countries before you are granted free entry to Taiwan. With this new policy, Pinoys can do away without the above requirements and enjoy hassle-free vacations to the country.
Below are the details of the good news released just yesterday by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines.
- Pinoys who intend to visit Taiwan for purposes of tourism, business, or visiting relatives can enjoy visa-free entry for 14 days, beginning November 1, 2017.
- This initiative will undergo a nine-month trial period that will last until July 31, 2018.
- Pinoy visitors must have at least six months remaining validity in their passports, while diplomatic and official passport holders are not eligible for visa-free treatment.
- A return ticket or a ticket with visa if needed for the next destination must be presented upon entry.
- Tourist must have no criminal records in Taiwan.
- Tourist must be able to show proof of accommodation while in the country.
Those who intend to stay for more than 14 days to study, work, or are part of missionary activities are required to obtain the necessary visas before entering Taiwan.
Now is your chance to explore the sights and sounds of Taiwan! Remember that the policy takes effect on November 1, so plan your trip accordingly.
Enjoy your vacation!