Taiwan Temporarily Suspends Visa-Free Entry From the Philippines

As Taiwan’s borders ease up, they recently announced that Visa-Free Entry from the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, South Korea, and Japan will be temporarily suspended. Other countries like Chile, Dominican Republic, Israel, Nicaragua, and Russia will also be needing Visa (for now) when visiting Taiwan.


On the other hand, Taiwan will resume visa-free entry to the United States, Canada, New Zeland, Australia, and European countries.

“Following an announcement by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will reinstate visa-exempt entry scheme for nationals of the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, European countries, and diplomatic allies starting September 12, 2022. The scheme is open to the designated nations’ nationals entering Taiwan to engage in activities that do not require a permit, such as business, exhibition visits, fact-finding missions, international exchanges, visiting relatives, tourism, and social events. For activities that, according to the laws and regulations of relevant agencies, do require a permit, travelers must apply to the central competent authority of the R.O.C. (Taiwan) for permission and obtain a special entry permit (visa) from an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission.”

Taiwan has a commendable COVID-19 response but as the country needs to boost its economic activities, they are slowly opening up its borders. Their quarantine requirement was also adjusted from seven days to just three days back in June 2022. They will also have a cap of 50,000 arrivals per week for safety and control of the ongoing pandemic.

Earlier in August, Taiwan had removed their pre-departure PCR test requirement.

“On August 10, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that, effective from 00:00 on August 15 (incoming flight’s scheduled arrival time in Taiwan), all travelers coming to Taiwan will no longer be required to provide a result of a PCR test taken within two days of their flight schedule time. However, those who test positive abroad are still required to wait over seven days from their specimen collection date before taking a flight to Taiwan in order to prevent cross-border transmission of the disease.”