Philippine passport holders can travel to Taiwan and stay there for 14 days visa free from November 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018 according to the website of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines.
All Filipinos including former OFWs who work in Taiwan can enter the said country for the purpose of tourism, visiting relatives, attending functions/events, business, and transit without the need to secure a visa or E-visa.
This is the same privileged that Pinoys are enjoying when they visit Singapore and Hong Kong. Taiwan’s visa-free initiative however, is on a 9-month trial period from November 2017 to July 31, 2018. The 14 days stay duration is not extendable, visitors need to leave Taiwan before the end of the said duration.
Those who are plan to stay longer than 14 days for the purpose of other activities such as study, employment, needs to secure appropriate visa in TECO in the Philippines before traveling to Taiwan.
To enjoy the visa-free travel to Taiwan, Philippine passport holders need to prepare 4 documents such as:
1. Regular / ordinary passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the entry date to Taiwan
2. Return air ticket to the Philippines, ticket and visa (if required) to the next destination
3. Proof of accommodation such as Hotel bookings, sponsors / host contact details, tour arrangements, functions / events details
4. Properly filled up ‘Arrival Card’ which is given by airline and cruise ship crew
There are instances where Filipinos are denied of entry in Taiwan, that is when they have bad records or previously overstayed in the latter. Also, when they are not able to demonstrate that they have enough funds to support themselves while in Taiwan.
Airline Companies that have flights going to Taiwan
There are 5 airline companies that have direct flight to Taipei, Taiwan daily from NAIA in Manila. The flight time is only 2 hours and 10 minutes.
A simple search online will show that there are 8 plus flights per day going to Taipei. The airline companies that have direct flights are EVA Air, Philippine Airlines, China Airlines, Philippine AirAsia, and Cebu Pacific.
To know the airfare return ticket price and schedule, travellers should visit the respective websites of airline companies.