Visa Free for Philippine Passport Holder Travelling to Taiwan

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines has the
pleasure to announce hereby that starting from November 1, 2017, Philippine
nationals who intend to visit the ROC (Taiwan) for the purpose of tourism, business,
visiting relatives, attending functions or events can enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan,
ROC, for a duration of stay up to 14 days. 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
and an economic community between Taiwan and the Philippines.
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 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.
However, those who intend to stay in Taiwan for more than 14 days or for the
purpose of study, work, missionary, employment and other gainful activities are
still required to obtain appropriate visas before entering Taiwan.
Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, Taiwan Representative to the Philippines,
emphasizes that as the Philippines is not only Taiwan’s closest neighbor but also
Taiwan’s important partner of “New southbound policy”, the granting of visa-free
privilege to all Filipinos is one of his longtime visions to build strong bilateral
relations and a closer living economic community between the Philippines and
Taiwan. It also aims to enhance the mutually beneficial bilateral tourism, trade,
investment, technology, agriculture, economic, cultural, educational and
people-to-people cooperation and exchanges between Taiwan and the Philippines.
Representative Lin is hoping that this historical visa-free initiative will attract more
Filipino visitors to visit Taiwan, and lay solid foundation for a genuine friendly
bonding between our two nations.
To reciprocate Taiwan’s goodwill and friendship, Dr. Lin would also like to
urge the Philippine Government and Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO)
to grant visa-free treatment to Taiwan nationals as the Philippines has already given
visa-free treatment to many other countries. “Through these significant efforts, we
will surely enhance our bilateral tourism, economic, cultural, educational and other
areas of cooperation and exchanges which will eventually bring mutual benefits to
the peoples of Taiwan and the Philippines” emphasized Dr. Lin.
Since 2016, the Taiwan Government has endeavoured to liberalize and simplify
visa regulations for Philippine nationals, including the free “Travel Authorization
Certificate” (TAC) for qualified visa-free travellers and the payable e-visa (online
visa). These two relaxed visa application systems will be suspended for Filipinos
upon the implementation of the visa-free treatment as from Nov. 1, 2017.
Passengers who enter Taiwan before Nov. 1 with valid TACs may continue to stay
for up to 30 days. But for passengers who do not enter Taiwan before Nov. 1, their
TACs will be no longer valid even within its validity. All approved e-visas before
Nov. 1 (including the date) will still be valid to enter Taiwan with duration of stay
up to 30 days. Those who have already obtained long-term & multiple Taiwan
visas which have been stamped on their passports can still use their visas to enter
the ROC (Taiwan).
For further ROC (Taiwan) visa information, you may check the website of
TECO in the Philippines at http://www.roc-taiwan.org/ph
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines
Makati City, October 16, 2017