Taipei, Taiwan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Taiwanese government has extended its visa-free policy for visitors from the Philippines.

On Wednesday, Chang Ching-sen, Minister without Portfolio, announced that the visa-free trial has been extended until July 31 next year. Under the policy, tourists from the Philippines are permitted to visit Taiwan for up to 14 days, Focus Taiwan reported.

Visa-free entry is also extended for citizens from Thailand and Brunei, who are also permitted to stay for up to 14 days.

In August 2016, Taiwan began to allow visa-free entry to visitors from Thailand and Brunei. In November of last year, Taiwan extended the privilege to the Philippines for an initial nine-month trial period.

Alfred Y.H. Wang, a director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, said that the policy will result in around 360,000 Filipino tourists visiting Taiwan this year.

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