It just gets easier and easier for Filipinos to travel to Taiwan. Aside from the introduction of the e-visa application, Taiwan has also allowed visa-free entry for Pinoys traveling for leisure and business.
This process also works for nationals of Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
According to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), the following conditions must be met:
- Your passport must still be valid at least 6 months from your entry date.
- You must have an onward or return ticket (plane or ferry).
- You must never have been employed as a blue-collar worker in Taiwan.
- You must have at least ONE of the following documents from Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, or any of the Schengen countries:
– Valid entry visa. E-visas are accepted.
– Valid resident or permanent resident card
– Visa or resident card that has expired less than 10 years before your intended entry date in Taiwan.
If you don’t quite fit the bill, no worries. Just apply for an e-visa or a regular visa. Here’s how: Taiwan Visa and E-Visa for Filipinos
If you meet all four requirements, then you don’t need a visa to visit Taiwan.
But hold your horses!
This doesn’t mean you can just sashay your way through Immigration without doing anything. You still need to secure an ROC Travel Authorization Certificate (aka Visa-Free Certificate). And it’s great because:
- It is valid for 90 days. Each stay must be not longer than 30 days.
- It can be used for multiple entries.
- It is FREE.
The best part, getting one is a piece of cake. The whole process takes 5-10 minutes. Here’s how to do it:
1. Visit the ROC Travel Authorization Application Site.
You’ll find it right here. You’ll be greeted with this page:
2. Choose your language.
You will be taken to this page with a flow-chart explaining the whole process. Looks easy, right? It is easy. Click the NEXT button at the bottom of the page.
3. Read and understand the terms.
On the next page, you’ll find more info about visa-free entry. Read it. Understand it. Then click NEXT again. You’ll be led to the actual form:
4. Fill out the application form.
Fill in all the fields. Make sure you have with you the supporting visa you will use because you will have to enter that document’s number. Yep, your expired Japan or Korea visa is accepted as long as it hasn’t been expired for more than 10 years. That is, the period between the expiry date of that visa and your entry date to Taiwan should not be longer than 10 years.
“I have a Korea visa that I never used. Can I use it?” YES, you can use it.
“My Korea visa expired last year. Can I use it?” YES, you can use it.
“My Japan visa expired 5 years ago. Can I use it?” YES, you can use it.
“My Australia visa expired 9 years ago. Can I use it?” YES, you can use it.
10 YEARS, OKAY?
Note: You cannot use a visa that is stamped VOID, CANCELLED or CANCELLED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
5. Make sure all the info you entered is correct.
If all’s good, enter the code displayed and click SUBMIT!
If approved, voila! You have your visa-free certificate. It looks like this:
6. Print out the certificate.
You will have to present this, together with your supporting visa or resident card, at both the arrival and departure inspections in Taiwan, so make sure you don’t lose it before or during your stay!
That’s it! Again, this certificate is valid for 90 days and will allow you to stay in Taiwan for up to 30 days. You can apply for another ROC ROC Travel Authorization Certificate if you want, but do it 7 days before the expiry of the current certificate.