LOOK: Visa-free entry to Taiwan for PH travelers extended for another year

When my friends and I were planning a trip this year to Taiwan, we were pressed for time because back then the visa-free entry to Taiwan for Filipino travelers was only set until the end of July. Therefore, we needed to book a flight before that or some of us will have to apply for a visa, which can be a hassle most of the time. That also meant added cost if the application is made via a travel agency. Although we were talking back then that there is a huge chance that the Taiwanese Embassy might extend it, we didn’t want to risk it so we still booked ahead of time.

Never take your eyes off the prize. 😉

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Yet, we called it. We believed that as long as there are no major concerns, the Taiwanese Embassy might extend the trial period and they did.

The trial visa-free travel to Taiwan for Philippine passport holders will be extended for another year, until July 31, 2019, according to a report from ABS-CBN. This also includes passport holders from Thailand and Brunei. All three countries will have a visa-free entry for a maximum of 14 days per visit. The announcement was quoted from Chang Ching-sen, a Taiwanese minister without portfolio.

This move is to continue boosting the tourism in Taiwan. The visa-free travel trial period for Philippine passport holders started in November 2017 and it was set for nine months. Since its effectivity in November, 290,000 Filipinos visited Taiwan, which showed a significant increase compared to 172,000 from the previous year.

According to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), a Filipino visa-free visitor must meet the following requirements:

  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 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 (hotel) booking or host/sponsor’s contact information or arrangements of tour, travel, visit, events and meeting, etc.

Since November 2017, I’ve traveled a couple of times to Taiwan and we are really visa-exempt. All I had to do is make sure that I meet the following requirements above and fill-up the landing form. I didn’t fill up any special forms or had to go through a separate process. I just ticked visa-exempt on the visa type.

So, are your ready to head to the land of night markets, pineapple cake, stinky tofu, xiao long bao, and Taipei 101? 🙂

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