My passport is filled with stamps from visa-free countries except on that of Nepal’s which is technically easy to acquire as they have visa-on-arrival policies. My Sri Lankan visa was also effortless to obtain as we applied online and got it within the day. As with Taiwan, there’s a new visa-free policy to enter the country for Philippine passport holders.
Starting last September 1, 2016, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of China (Taiwan) announced a simplified visa policy for citizens of certain countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and India) including the Philippines which is an extension program that was initiated first in Brunei and Thailand.
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Qualified applicants need to apply for ROC (Taiwan) Travel Authorization Certificate which allows them to have multiple entries for three months with up to 30 days on every stay as long as they have onward/return air ticket and valid Philippine passport.
- Valid Philippine passport (at least 6 months from date of arrival),
- Onward and return air/ferry ticket,
- The applicant has never been employed as a blue collar worker in Taiwan, and
- Documents issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States;
- Valid entry visa (may be electronic visa) or expired entry visa less than 10 years prior to the arrival date in Taiwan OR
- Valid resident or permanent resident card or expired resident or permanent card less than 10 years prior to the arrival date in Taiwan.
I have a travel visa for South Korea which I got in November and immediately registered my passport and personal data online here and in seconds, I received my multiple entry visit visa to Taiwan (take note that the Korean visa number are those numbers on red ink printed below your given name). My friends also applied using their expired Japanese and Schengen visas which all worked fine as well.
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Arriving in Taipei, I was asked by the immigration officer for the Travel Authorization Certificate and immediately stamped my passport; easy, cost-efficient and hassle-free. Can't wait to share with you my recent trip to Taiwan on my next posts.
If you do not possess any entry visa or resident card of the aforementioned countries, you may apply for a tourist or business visa with the following general requirements;
- Fully accomplished and duly signed visa application form (you can download it here),
- Two (2) colored passport-size photographs on white background taken withing the last three months,
- Valid Philippine passport (at least 6 months),
- Old passport (if applicable),
- Birth Certificate issued by the National Statistics Office,
- Marriage Certificate (if married) issued by the National Statistics Office,
- Supporting documents related to the purpose of visit (roundtrip airline tickets, planned itinerary, hotel booking, Certificate of Employment and Leave of Absence approval from the employer, and financial statements including ITR and recent bank statements),
- Supporting documents for business purposes (business letter or trading records with Taiwan company, Certificate of Business Name Registration from DTI and SEC registration if you are the owner of the company, invitation letter from a Taiwan company, official letters from relevant authorities for official trip, seminar program if applicable, Certificate of Employment and company ID, and other supporting documents as needed), and
- Non-refundable visa fee.
Take note of the following:
- Fill out the application completely and legibly. Supply N/A (not applicable) if you have no data relevant to the question or situation.
- All original documents should be accompanied with photocopies.
- You may file your application with complete requirements at Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) from Mondays to Fridays, 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. only. Releasing times are on Mondays to Fridays, 1:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. only.
- TECO reserves the right to ask for additional documentation as deemed necessary.
- The applicant will be scheduled for interview by TECO if necessary.
Visa Processing Fees:
For three (3) working days processing
Single entry – P2,400
For one (1) working day processing
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
41F, Tower 1, RCBC Plaza,
6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Contact Number: (+63) 2.887.6688
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org