Filipinos can now travel visa-free to Taiwan starting November 1 this year. This visa-free trial period covers only visits for up to 14 days for activities such as tourism, business, visiting relatives, and attending functions or events, and will run until July 31, 2018. Visitors who intend to stay in Taiwan for more than 14 days to study, work, or engage in other activities must still acquire an appropriate visa, according to a statement released by the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO).
Philippine nationals applying for visa-free entry into Taiwan must: (1) hold a standard passport valid for at least six months (excluding holders of diplomatic and official passports); (2) hold a confirmed return plane or boat ticket, or a confirmed plane or boat ticket, along with a valid visa, for an onward destination; and (3) have a clean criminal record, as verified at immigration on arrival at an airport or seaport in Taiwan. Philippine travelers will also be required to fill out an arrival card, and provide immigration officials at the port of entry with proof of hotel reservations or an address and contact details for where they will be staying in Taiwan.
This new measure is in line with the Executive Yuan’s New Southbound Policy, a Taiwanese initiative to build closer people-to-people exchange of visits and an economic community between the two countries.