Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines announced today that the visa-exemption program for Filipino nationals will be extended until July 31, 2019.
To be eligible for the visa-free visit to Taiwan, a Filipino should comply with 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 records or other records of misconduct in Taiwan;
4. A proof of accommodation (hotel) booking or host/sponsor’s contact information or arrangements of tour, travel, visit, events, meetings and the like.
Filipinos who want 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.
TECO said the visa-free privilege is a reflection of Taiwan’s goodwill and friendship towards all Filipinos under Taiwan’s “New Southbound Policy” which aims to build stronger bilateral relations and closer people-to-people connectivity between Taiwan and the Philippines.
Michael Peiyung Hsu, Taiwan’s Representative to the Philippines, said that aside from being their closest neighbor, Philippines is an important partner for Taiwan’s “New Southbound Policy”.
Hsu is also urging the Philippine government and Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) to also grant visa-free treatment to the people of Taiwan on the basis of reciprocity, so as to attract more Taiwanese tourists and business people to visit the Philippines.