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Is Taiwan part of your 2023 travel plans? If so, you probably have a lot of questions brewing in your head. Is Taiwan still visa-free for Filipinos? Do I still need to undergo mandatory quarantine? What are the testing requirements? Should I bring proof of vaccination? Don’t worry. We’ll answer all these questions (and more) in this article.

Taiwan was the last destination we had visited just before the pandemic reared its ugly head and brought the world to its knees in early 2020. We even got stranded in the island for a few days! So it’s kind of apt — poetic even — that it is also our first destination in 2023, the year that we all expect things to fully go back to normal.

In fact, Philippine Airlines, the country’s flag carrier, has added one more flight to Taiwan. This is a good sign that tourism (and travel in general) is starting to get back on its feet. PAL now flies to the Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) twice a day:

  • PR 890
    Departure: 06:25 AM
    Arrival: 08:45 AM
  • PR 894
    Departure: 5:50 PM
    Arrival: 8:05 PM

Philippine Airlines in Taipei

Inside Philippine Airlines Aircraft

This may change in the future, so make sure to double-check and visit PAL’s official website for the latest schedule and fares.

So yes, things are starting to go back to normal. But what are the travel requirements when visiting Taiwan?

Is Taiwan still visa-free for Filipino tourists?

YES. Philippine Passport holders can visit Taiwan without a visa for up to 14 days.

Filipino tourists are included in Taiwan’s visa-exempt program until 31 July 2024.

Taiwan Visa Free Extended to 2024

Note that this applies to Filipinos traveling to Taiwan for leisure. A visa might still be required from those traveling to study or work, with which I’m not familiar.


What are Taiwan’s entry requirements?

While Taiwan remains visa-free for Filipino tourists, it doesn’t mean that you could simply waltz in. Here is the full list of requirements when visiting Taiwan for leisure:

  • Passport, with over 6 months of validity
  • Proof of accommodations, which may be hotel booking confirmation or address and contact details of your sponsor in Taiwan
  • Exit ticket, which may be a return ticket to the Philippines or an onward ticket to another country
  • Sufficient funds

These are the documents that the Immigration Officer might ask you to present. I say “might” because they don’t always check for these requirements. In fact, except for passports, we have never been asked to show these documents even on our last trip. They just asked to see our passports, scanned our fingerprints, and took a photo. Then they let us through.

But just because we or other people you know weren’t checked doesn’t mean that you won’t be checked, either. Our circumstances and travel times are different, and you’ll most likely be assessed by a different Immigration Officer. Hence, there’s still a good chance that you could be asked to provide these requirements. To be on the safe side, make sure you have all these documents when traveling to Taiwan. The last thing you want is to be ordered to provide these docs and you’re not able to because you don’t have them.


What does “sufficient fund” mean?

I am not sure. I don’t think they explicitly state how much is “sufficient”. Out of the many times I have traveled to Taiwan, I have never been asked how much money I have with me. That said, I’ve read online accounts from other people who have, so they do ask about it sometimes.

The only advice I can share regarding this is to make sure that you have enough to cover your expenses for the entire length of your stay. If you plan on using the full 14 days allowed in Taiwan, don’t bring only 1000 NTD because it doesn’t make sense.


Is proof of vaccination required?

NO. The Taiwan authorities will not ask for any proof of vaccination. No vaccination card or vaccination certificate is required.

Taiwan No Proof of Vaccination Required
Screenshot of cdc.gov.tw FAQs page

That said, if you have proof of vaccination, bring it anyway. It’s always best to have it just in case rules change while you’re on the trip or if the airline asks for it regardless.

Besides, as far as I know, proof of vaccination is required when entering the Philippines, although authorities don’t always check. But again, just bring it for good measure.


Is there a quarantine and testing requirement?

There is NO testing required before or upon arrival at the airport in Taiwan. You don’t need to submit a negative test result prior to your trip. You don’t need to undergo a test at the airport.

BUT after emerging from the aircraft, just before you reach the Immigration booths, you’ll find a table with stacks of self-test kits. You should get one box. Each box contains 4 pieces of test kits.

What are these test kits for? You’re expected to do a self-test at the hotel on your first day and every 2 days since for 7 days. It’s part of Taiwan’s 7-day self-initiated preventive program.

Again, for clarity: The idea is, you should do a swab test on your own over the next seven days: one upon arrival at the hotel and another every two days.

This does NOT mean that you’ll be quarantined. You can still go outside and explore like normal. In theory, you need a negative test to go out and each test is valid for the next two days. This is why you are given four kits. It should cover your first seven days.

Taiwan Quarantine Rules
Screenshot of cdc.gov.tw FAQs page

HONESTY SYSTEM: No one is going to check if you really did it and you won’t have to submit or report the test result anywhere. But despite this, I still highly encourage you to do a self-test. Yes, it’s uncomfortable, but it’s always best to follow the rules.

So to recap, when traveling to Taiwan:

  • NO visa
  • NO proof of vaccination
  • NO pre-trip testing
  • NO mandatory quarantine

Taiwan is one of the easiest places to visit these days, so if you’ve always wanted to go, bump it up to the top of your bucket list.


What if my Taiwan trip is shorter than 7 days? Am I still allowed to visit?

YES. The 7-day preventive program does NOT mean you need to stay at least 7 days in Taiwan. It only means the testing should be done over the first seven days. If your stay is shorter, then you don’t need to use all the test kits.

If you’re staying in Taiwan for only four days, then you’ll only have to do 2 tests.

If you’re staying 2 days, you only need to do one.


Is wearing masks mandatory?

The official policy is: you must wear mask indoors unless you’re eating.

At a restaurant, you should still wear a mask when getting food at the buffet table or when using the restroom. You should only remove it when you’re putting food or drinks in your mouth.

Taiwan Masks Policy

Outdoors, masks are not required at all times. There may be certain situations when it is needed, but I’m not sure what the parameters are. I just wear a mask regardless. And I’m not alone. Based on my observation, the overwhelming majority of tourists and locals in Taiwan still choose to wear masks outside.


What to do upon arrival at the airport?

Taipei Taoyuan International Airport

We landed at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport. Here’s the arrival process as we experienced:

  1. After deplaning, get one box of COVID test kits. You’ll find them just before you reach the Immigration area.
  2. Accomplish the Arrival Card. Get one from the table in front of the Immigration counters.
  3. Clear Immigration check. The Immigration officer will check your passport and/or other requirements and take your photo and fingerprints.
  4. Claim your bags at the assigned carousel.
  5. Clear customs check. Make sure you don’t have MEAT products or you’ll be fined around a million NTD.

Taipei Taiwan Airport Arrival Process

That’s it! At the Arrival Hall, you’ll find money changers and ATMs. Note that it’s extremely difficult to find money exchangers that accept Philippine pesos in the city so if you need to exchange currencies, you may do it here. Better yet, withdraw from any of the ATMs, which I think have better rates. We prefer using Bank of China, the central bank of Taiwan.

Taipei Airport ATM Money Changer

You’ll also find booths selling data SIM cards. If you purchased one via Klook, you can pick up your SIM card from the Counter 6, located at the far end of the hall. It should be to your right if you’ve just emerged from the Customs check.


Where to Stay in Taipei

Here are some of the hotels that we were able to check out:

Search for more Taipei Hotels!

Klook.com

Klook TPT2024
Klook THEPOORTRAVELER

Where to book tours?

While it is possible to explore Taipei DIY-style, joining a tour has a long list of perks, especially if you’re part of a big group, you’re traveling with kids or seniors, or you simply don’t want to deal with the nitty-gritty of itinerary building. We often get DMs from people asking for tour referrals.

Our most recent Taipei trip was organized by Edison Tours, which has been in operation for decades, making it one of the most trusted and most reputable tour operators in Taipei.

Edison Tours Taipei

If you’re solo or a small group, you could join a set tour. If you’re a bigger group, it’s best to have them customize an itinerary for you, based on your schedule and preferences. Each tour is also led by a fluent English-speaking guide, which is a very big deal because attractions in Taipei and surrounding areas are not always visually captivating. Most are historical or cultural sites that you’ll appreciate a lot better if you know the background or if you have local insights.

Edison Tours Taiwan
with our guide Alex

To see their packages or for more info, visit www.edisontours.com. If you need to get in touch with them for inquiries or requests, just tap the CONTACT US button in the upper right corner of the page.

If you prefer to book with a Philippine-based travel agency, here are some that offer Taipei tours with corresponding contact numbers and websites.

  • Constellation Travels Inc.
    www.constellationtravels.com.ph
    +63956 660 0693
  • Travel Warehouse Inc.
    www.twi.com.ph
  • VIA
    https://ph.via.com
    (+63 2) 8555.9444
    sales.ph@via.com
  • Ark Travel Express Inc.
    (+63 2) 8810-4520 / (+63 2) 8528-0933
    www.arktravelexpress.com
  • North Star International Travel Inc.
    (+63 2) 3485 7272
    inquiry@northstar-travel.com.ph
    www.northstar-travel.com.ph
  • Ricson Crown Travel & Tours
    ricsontrvl@yahoo.com
    (+63 2) 8352-0797
  • Iloilo Skyways Travel & Tours
    (+63 33) 508-0909
    skyways1995@gmail.com
    www.iloiloskywaystravel.com
  • Levy Travel and Tours
    levytravelandtours@gmail.com
    (+63 2) 87757436 / 85188801 / 85797215
    +639178797525

Is there a Tagalog version of this article?

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Updates Log

2023 • 7 • 11: Visa-exempt program for Filipinos extended to July 31, 2024
2023 • 1 • 31: First posted



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Christine Franco

super informative nito Sir para samin na nagplaplan mag visit sa Taiwan Thank You po!

Allison

I have a 9 hours layover in Taipei so I won’t be at the hotel, what address in Taiwan should I put on the arrival card?
I’m going to Japan and I must change airports in Taipei.

F27

Hi.. saan po makikita ang source ng travel advisory ng taiwan? Base po doon sa screenshot nyo..

Thank u

F27

Hello po.. about po sa travel requirements po if meron po pong covid test and quarantine? Planning to visit po this may…

Leny famisaran

Hi po ask ko lng need p dn po b ng invitation letter galing meco s taiwan if ang magbabakasyon kami ng anak ko salamat po

Mon

hi once pabalik po ng pinas, need po ba na dapat may booster na or kahit 2 vaccines lng? thanks po in advance for the reply :)

ETHEL

Thank you po. This is very informative. Just want to ask po, how about the requirements once we get back to the Philippines if it just for leisure po? Do we still need to present the Health Insurance?

anonymous

hi what do i need if mag stay ako for about 30days? do i need visa na?

Mimi
  • Hello po, I’m a working student po here in Taiwan and I will be graduating this June po, my parents were planning to go here in Taiwan and mag stay po sila sa tinitirahan ko for 5 days and we will not book a hotel po, so regarding po sa Proof of accommodations, may kailangan pa po ba akong i-process sa MECO or just provide the address and contact lang po talaga? ng sponsor and may ari po ng tinitirahan dito?
Bhon

Pano po pag july 27 – aug. 9 po mag stay sa taiwan? Need po ba kumuha ng visa sa teco?

May

Good afternoon! ano po kaya mga requirements if isasama ko mother ko? Ofw po ako sa Middle East. Salamat po.

irene

May tanong po ako. Yung visa free ng taiwan multiple entry po ba? For example po punta po ako taiwan june 20-23 tapos babalik po ako june 30-july 3? Iba po kasi kasama ko magtravel.

Katrina Carla S Estalilla

Visa free traveling in Taiwan will end on July 31, 2023, what if the departure is on 31 and you’ll be back on Ph on August 5, is that okay po?!?

Yaanyan

Hello po sir.. Asking lang po. Planning to travel this Sept in taiwan but I don’t have any idea to start.. I planning to do diy.pde po mag paturo hehe

Erolyne

Hi☺️ good day po ask lang need paba ng travel certificate kpag may bata kung anak ko nman po ?

Rosie

Hi! I am planning to visit Taiwan with my 1-year old daughter this March 2024 for vacation and also to visit/see his father (filipino), studying there (we’re not married yet). I’ll be the one to pay all our expenses, am I still required to get an invitation letter from him and show it to immigration? Thanks.

Rosie

Is it a written letter only? Or is it a letter from MECO?