Filipinos should be able to travel to Taiwan without needing to get a visa by the end of October, after the Taiwanese government approved a 14-day visa-free privilege for Philippine nationals on Wednesday.
Premier Lai Ching-te said the Executive Yuan or legislature approved the plan on Wednesday to issue 14-day visa-free status to citizens of the Philippines, and it would take about a month to finalize the actual details for implementation, The Liberty Times reported on Friday.
Filipino visitors planning to visit should seek Taiwan entry visas via an electronic or online application mechanism.
The visa-free arrangement is part of the New Southbound Policy enacted by President Tsai Ing-wen’s government, which aims to enhance cooperation and exchanges between Taiwan and 18 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australasia.
At present, Taiwan has visa-free arrangements with nationals from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore. And a pilot scheme with Brunei and Thai nationals was put in place last year.
According to the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, the number of visitors from the Philippines reached 180,000 between January and July this year, a rise of 75% compared to the same period in 2016.