Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) announced on today, July 2, that it is extending its 14-day visa-free privilege for Filipinos until July 2020 as “a display of Taiwan’s amity with the Philippine” as the country continues to boost the travel convenience for Filipinos to visit Taiwan for leisure, business, or other short-term purposes.
“The visa-free privilege also aims to deepen Taiwan’s multifaceted relations with the Philippines, particularly in the fields of tourism, trade, investment, education, agriculture, fisheries, and healthcare,” it added.
Filipinos may enter Taiwan and stay for up to 14 days without having to apply for a visa should they comply with the conditions listed below:
- Possess an ordinary/regular passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the date of entry;
- Hold a confirmed return plane or boat ticket, or a confirmed plane or boat ticket, along with a valid visa, for an onward destination;
- Provide the confirmation of hotel reservations or an address and contact details for their stay in Taiwan, as well as a financial statement;
- Have a clean criminal record, as verified by immigration upon arrival at an airport or seaport in Taiwan.
TECO said the duration of the 14-day visa-free may not be extended and would begin on the following day of arrival in Taiwan.
The office said the implementation of the visa-free privilege since November 1, 2017, had resulted in the increase of Filipinos visiting Taiwan.
In 2018, visitors from the Philippines reached 419,000, a 44% percent increase as compared to the number in 2017.
“Furthermore, regional airlines both from Taiwan and the Philippines have launched more direct flights and opened new routes to the major cities between the two countries,” TECO said.
“Filipinos have more choices as they could now depart for Taiwan from Manila, Puerto Princesa, Clark, Cebu, and Kalibo, helping Philippine travelers save more time and money,” it added.