Good news travelers! If you love the lively night streets in Taipei, the beauty of Taipei 101 or the interesting area of Jiufen, this is for you.
You can still travel to Taiwan even without a visa. Taiwan announced they are extending their nine-month visa-free travel program for another year until July 31, 2019.
Last November 2017, the country has implemented visa-free travel in their land for Filipino tourists and brought a continuous stream of visitors during the program. Taiwanese Minister without portfolio Chang Ching-sen announced that the travel program for visitors from Philippines, including Thailand and Brunei will be extended for a year in a report by the local media yesterday.
With the extension, the days of stay of travelers from Brunei and Thailand will be reduced to 14 days, as opposed to the 30-day allowance before the extension. Now, tourists from these countries can stay for two weeks, just like those travelling from the Philippines.
The visa-free program, called “New Southbound Policy,” began in August 2016 and is a part of the government’s effort to increase the number of their tourists coming from 10 Southeast Asian countries, South Asian countries, Australia, and New Zealand.
Minister Chang stated that ever since the program started last year, around 290,000 Filipinos have toured Taiwan. The numbers were a lot better than 172,000 Filipino tourists from the previous year.
Even though the program is still temporary, Filipino travelers can take this chance to visit Taiwan as long as they meet the requirements. You should have a passport valid at least six months from the date of your trip to Taiwan. You should also present a return ticket or a ticket to your next destination. Also, you should have no criminal records in Taiwan. Lastly, there should be a proof of accommodation, your host’s contact information, tours, visits, and etc.
You may visit several look-alike of international places in the country, but if you wanted to feel the Taiwanese life and drop by to relieve the life in the hit TV drama Meteor Garden, you’ve still got your chance. Check out other beautiful things Taiwan has to offer.
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