Good news to all Filipinos who missed the visa-free period of Taiwan – the trial period will be extended until July 31, 2019. This will also be reviewed for further extension in the future, as confirmed by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.

On Thursday, July 12, Taiwan formally announced that the privilege which was given to Filipinos to have a visa-free travel to Taiwan has been extended until July 31, 2019, and it still has possibilities of extensions in the future.

“On behalf of the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines has the pleasure to announce hereby that the visa exemption program for the nationals of the Philippines will be extended for another year. The trial period will continue until July 31, 2019, and will be reviewed for further extension,” TECO announced in a press conference last Thursday.

“This visa-free privilege is a reflection of Taiwan’s goodwill and friendship towards all Filipinos under the ‘New Southbound Policy,’ which aims to build stronger bilateral relations and closer people-to-people connectivity between Taiwan and the Philippines,” it further said.

For trial basis, the no visa policy for Filipinos started last November 1, 2017, until July 31, 2018.

Following are the requirements to avail the visa-free policy of Taiwan:

  1. Regular/ordinary passport which is valid for at least 6 months from the date of first entry.
  2. Return ticket or ticket to another destination, accompanied by a visa for the next destination if applicable.
  3. No criminal records or other forms of misconduct in Taiwan.
  4. Proof of accommodation

However, it is noted that individuals who wish to stay in Taiwan for more than 14 days or for purposes of education, work, employment, missionary, and other gainful activities still need to obtain the regular visa to visit the country.

Ambassador Michael Peiyung Hsu, Taiwan’s representative, also urged the government of the Philippines “to grant visa-free treatment to the people of Taiwan on the basis of reciprocity.”

This way, Taiwanese tourists, and businessmen will be attracted to visit the Philippines, says Hsu.

For the past year, the exchange of tourists reached really high.

“Filipino travelers going to Taiwan reached 290,784 while Taiwanese visitors to the Philippines reached 236,777,” Hsu confirmed.

“This mutual relaxation of visa restrictions is indeed an important factor in improving bilateral overall relations and enhancing people-to-people exchange and cooperation between the two countries.”

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