Philippine passport holders can travel to Taiwan Visa Free and stay there for 14 days from July 2018 to July 31, 2020 (extended). This is 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.
Taiwan is also visa free for Brunei and Thailand passport holders effective until July 31, 2019. Afterwards, the program will be reviewed for possible continuation.
To enjoy the visa-free travel to Taiwan, Philippine passport holders need to prepare 4 documents
- Regular / ordinary passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the entry date to Taiwan
- Return air ticket to the Philippines, ticket and visa (if required) to the next destination
- Proof of accommodation such as Hotel bookings, sponsors / host contact details, tour arrangements, functions / events details
- 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.
Update for 2018
ROC (Taiwan) has announced on their Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines official website (TECO) that the country will be extending the visa-free (visa exemption) program for Philippine Passport Holders until July 31, 2019.
Update for 2019
The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) made an announcement on July 2, 2019 that they will extend the visa-free entry privilege for Philippine passport holders for another year from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020.
Airline Companies that have flights going to Taiwan
There are 5 airline companies that have direct flight to Taipei, Taiwan daily from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila. The flight time is only 2 hours and 10 minutes.
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
- Cebu Pacific
To know the airfare return ticket price and schedule, travelers should visit the respective websites of airline companies.