[Update: Last May 27, 2017, Taiwan has put on hold the VISA-FREE access of Filipinos until further notice. On October 16, 2017, Taiwan announced that starting VISA-FREE access for Filipinos going to Taiwan will start on November 1, 2017.)
Good news for travelers from the Philippines!
Starting NOVEMBER 1, 2017 (NOTE: Previously, it was supposed to be JUNE 1 but it was put on hold until October 2017), Taiwan will be granting VISA-FREE access to Filipinos for a period of 30-days (length of stay). Previously, Filipinos had to apply for a VISA before they could enter Taiwan. Thanks to Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) for implementing this new policy.
This travel policy is aimed to increase the number of tourists visiting their country and as part of the government’s “New Southbound Policy,” which aims to forge closer trade and economic ties with South and Southeast Asian nations.
Taiwan is home to the many Taiwanese Dramas, including the very famous Meteor Garden, as well as other Taiwanese Dramas such as Mars, Hana Kimi, Devil Beside You, It started with a Kiss and My Lucky Star.
Some tourist destinations are similar to Japan and Korea and they even have cherry blossoms too! So if you can’t have a VISA to South Korea and don’t have enough budget for a trip to Jeju, Taiwan is your best bet for your Asian Drama feels!
Top tourist spots in Taiwan include the following:
The new policy also affects the existing policies for Thai and Brunei nationals, who can now enjoy a year of traveling to and from Taiwan VISA-FREE!
India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos Nationals will now be able to avail of multiple-entry visas.
So what are you waiting for?
Plan and book your travels to Taiwan now!
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