The Republic of China (Taiwan) has recently announced that they are now offering visa-free entry for qualified Filipino passport holders.
This announcement was officially posted in the website of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) and a statement said “The adjustments come following consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Immigration Agency, and the Tourism Bureau which aims to furthering the interactions with the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.”
The statement tells us that Filipino passport holders can qualify for this if they have already been issued an entry visa to selected countries such as Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States.
In addition, travelers who also own a valid resident or permanent resident card from the mentioned countries may likewise enter Taiwan without needing a visa.
To be eligible for the visa exemption, interested individuals need to apply for the ROC Travel Authorization Certificate online by meeting certain requirements.
According to the website, these are the requirements:
(1)The applicant’s passport must have remaining validity of at least six months starting from the date of arrival in Taiwan.
(2)The applicant must possess an onward/return air or ferry ticket.
(3)The applicant has never been employed as a blue-collar worker in Taiwan.
Aside from the valid resident or permanent resident card, applicants from the countries mentioned above may also present documents such as valid entry visa (may be electronic visa) and resident card or visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan.
If you are interested to learn more about visa-free entryt to Taiwan, you may visit the Taiwan Embassy website for additional information. Meanwhile, those who already want to start applying for the visa exemtion may go directly to immigration.gov.tw.