Before closing its borders, Taiwan was one of the most sought-out tourist destinations among Filipinos. Aside from its efficient transportation routes, delicious street food, and exciting seasons, the country was also a hit for being visa-free for Philippine passport holders. Unfortunately, Taiwan announced on Wednesday that Filipinos will no longer be eligible for visa-free entry starting 12 Sep 2022.
Who can enter Taiwan visa-free in 2022?
Taiwan recently opened its borders and resumed visa-free entry for select countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, most countries in Europe, and other “diplomatic allies.”
Meanwhile, residents of the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, South Korea, and Japan may not yet enter Taiwan without a visa.
The Philippine News Agency (PNA) clarified that the visa-free privilege is “not technically suspended,” as per Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesperson Joanne Ou. Rather, the government is still deciding when to resume the visa-free scheme for most Asian countries.
“For the rest of Asian countries, it will be in our next round of considerations, so it was not ‘suspended,’ but rather just not yet. And of course, we highly value the good relationship with the Philippines,” Ou said, according to PNA.
Taiwan visa-free entry for Philippine passport holders
Taiwan first lifted their visa policy for Filipinos on November 2017. Since then, Philippine residents have been allowed to enter Taiwan visa-free until 31 Jul 2022.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan maintained strict entry and quarantine restrictions. However, the country decided to relax its health and safety measures to make way for “economic and social activities.” Presently, travellers to Taiwan must undergo a three-day quarantine and take a PCR test upon arrival.
“The CECC reminds the public that the above border measures and relevant epidemic prevention measures will be adjusted on a rolling basis based on developments in the pandemic situation,” CECC said in a statement on its website.
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