Good news for us Pinoys, according to the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines, the Taiwanese government has eased its visa requirements for Filipinos.
Based on the new rules set by the Taiwanese government, Philippine passport holders who have been issued entry visas to any one of the following countries – Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States or any of the Schengen countries – may qualify for a visa exemption and can visit to Taiwan for up to 30 days.
When we heard about this, we immediately booked a low fare from AirAsia and used our expired Japan Visa in applying for an Authorization Certificate for visa-exemption.
Philippine passport holders must apply for a visa exemption Authorization Certificate before the date of visit to Taiwan. However, before submitting an online application for a certificate, Filipinos are required to follow these 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.
In addition to the above requirements, the applicant must also possess at least one of the following visa entry issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States:
(1) Valid resident or permanent resident card
(2) Valid entry visa (may be electronic visa)
(3) Resident card or tourist visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan
For more information, please visit the Taiwanese Embassy official website.