- Filipinos to be granted visa-free stays in Taiwan
- Program will start on June 1 until July 31, 2018 on trial basis
- Stay will be good for up to 30 days
MANILA, Philippines – Good news for Filipinos who want to visit the country’s northern neighbor.
In a bid to ratchet up the number of tourists coming to their island state, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a series of incentives primarily aimed at India and several Southeast Asian nations — including the Philippines.
Taiwan News reported that Filipinos will be granted visa-free stays in Taiwan on a trial basis starting from June 1 until July 31 next year. The stay will be good for a period of up to 30 days.
Last year, Taiwan granted visa-free stays for Filipinos who have never held blue-collar jobs there and possess valid visas or permanent resident cards issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, and the United States. However, this new program will encompass all nationals of the Philippines.
Thailand and Brunei, on the other hand, had their 30-day visa exemptions extended. Meanwhile, nationals from India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos can now enjoy multiple-visa entries.
The program is part of Taiwan’s “Southbound Policy” which aims to increase socioeconomic ties with its neighbors. According to government data, the number of visitors from the aforementioned countries who went to Taiwan in 2016 reached 68,000 — a 42.8 percent increase from its immediate preceding year.
Taiwan has a sizable Filipino community composed mostly of an estimate 77,000 overseas workers.