We’ve all been excited about the prospect of visiting our neighbor to the north, Taiwan, without visas ever since they announced the plan to lift visa requirements back in June. Finally on Monday October 16th, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office announced that Philippine passport holders visitng Taiwan “for the purposes of tourism, business, visiting relatives, attending functions or events can now enjoy visa-free entry for up to 14 days, beginning November 1, 2017.
Taiwan’s lifting of visa requirements and the overall friendlier travel climate for the Philippines and other Southeast Asian nations is part of their “New Southbound Policy”, which enhances co-operation and exchanges with 18 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australasia.
To qualify for visa-free entry, visitors must meet the following requirements:
- A regular passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the date of entry
- Return ticket or a ticket to the traveler’s next destination
- No criminal record in Taiwan
- Proof of accomodation/booking, contact information of host/sponsor in Taiwan or official invite to conference, tour, events, etc. in Taiwan
That’s it! If you’re looking for a unique (and relatively affordable) travel destination in the near future, why not make it Taiwan?