Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Filipinos will be able to enter Taiwan visa-free for up to 14 days, as of November 1.
The trial period for visa-free entry will run until July 31st 2018 and allows Filipinos to enter for tourism, business, visiting people, and attending functions or events.
The ministry said that the trial period will be implemented to attract Filipino visitors to Taiwan and to bring the two countries together.
Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, Taiwan Representative to the Philippines, said: "Through these significant efforts, we will surely enhance our bilateral tourism, economic, cultural, educational and other areas of cooperation and exchanges which will eventually bring mutual benefits to the peoples of Taiwan and the Philippines,".
To be eligible to enter Taiwan visa-free Filipinos must meet the following requirements:
- Have a valid passport with six months remaining.
- Possess a return ticket, or a ticket to go to another destination.
- Have a clean criminal record (travelers are screened on arrival in Taiwan).
- Have proof of accommodation.
Filipinos who wish to visit Taiwan for more than 14 days can apply for a Taiwan eVisa, which allows visits of up to three months. Filipinos wishing to study or work must obtain an appropriate visa.
There has already been a significant increase of Filipinos visiting Taiwan. According to the National Immigration Agency, there were 161,300 visits between January and July this year, in comparison to 92,967 visits during the same period in 2016. This marks an increase of over 70%.
The Taiwan authorities decided to implement the visa-free entry trial period at an inter-ministerial meeting last September 15, when a range of issues was discussed including tourism, economics, and trade.
The ministry also urged the Philippine Government and Manila Economic and Cultural Office to grant visa-free entry to citizens of Taiwan wishing to enter the Philippines.
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- Lungsham Temple: The best-known Buddhist temple in all of Taiwan was built in 1738. It covers 10,000 sq meters and it will take you a few hours to see it all.
- Taroko Gorge: A beautiful and popular hiking destination. It is made up of metamorphic rocks and its name derives from the Truku language and stands for “magnificent and splendid”. The park has been protected since 1982 after the country realized the damaged caused to all their natural resources.
- Taipei 101: Incredible views await at the top. It resembling a bamboo stalk and rises above the capital. Taipei 101 was the tallest building in the world until 2011. You can purchase your ticket on the 5th floor at the Taipei shopping mall. The elevator works on controlled pressure and takes visitors from the ground floor to the 89th within 40 seconds.
- Minquan Old Street: The street has been restored to look as it did a hundred years ago. The street comes to life every weekend with all the little shops offering teas, vintage toys, and souvenirs while street performers surprise their audience.
- Blue Tears: Throughout the summer algae called dinoflagellates overruns the waters in the coast of Matsu. They’re nature’s fluorescent lights that can be most appreciated on a dark and hot night. Summer is the best time to catch a glimpse.