Taiwan · Travel tips

Visa To Taiwan? No problem!

(UPDATE as of June 28, 2017: Filipinos will be granted visa-free entry to Taiwan but exact date of implementation of this has yet to be announced. See this link to the Taiwan embassy website. Please make sure to check said website from time to time as visa and immigration policies may change.)

Okay, the title sounds like an infomercial or an ad. 😀 But it basically encapsulates what I have to say in the next few paragraphs about how easy it is to get travel documents to Taiwan.

Filipinos like me are burdened with the tedious process of visa applications when traveling to a lot of countries. I’m a bit (read: very) obsessive-compulsive when gathering the necessary requirements. My thinking is that if I’m capable of showing whoever it is making the evaluations that I’m only traveling as a tourist and definitely coming back to the Philippines then I should, and in all ways possible. This leads to a process filled with stress and anxiety, something I wish not to (but have to) go through  before enjoying a wonderful holiday.

Thankfully, Taiwan has recently relaxed its visa rules on Filipinos planning to visit the country. There’s even no need for a visa for some people who meet certain conditions.

If you have any of the following, you may apply for a visa exemption authorization certificate online:

»At least one of the following documents issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States:

(1)Valid resident or permanent resident card

(2)Valid entry visa (may be electronic visa)

(3)Resident card or visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan

Also, you need to take note of the following:

(1)The applicant’s passport must have remaining validity of at least six months starting from the date of arrival in Taiwan.

(2)The applicant must possess an onward/return air or ferry ticket.

(3)The applicant has never been employed as a blue-collar worker in Taiwan.

Read the complete details here. Then proceed to this website  if you hold any of the above.

It’s very easy! I was able to get my certificate in a matter of minutes. Click here to see what it looks like.

However, if you’re not eligible for such a certificate, you may check out the other options here. I’ve read that Taiwan visas can be applied for online.

When it comes to procuring travel documents I can’t stress enough the importance of research. Read the destination country’s entry rules twice or even more to make sure you haven’t overlooked anything. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact the embassy by phone or email.

I’m all set for my Taipei trip with Arnaud! Well, I still have to pack my things and read up so we can create our itinerary. 😀 Can’t wait to check out the night markets, sights, and street food the city has to offer.

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