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TAIWAN VISA: How to Apply for a Tourist Visa 2020 (for Filipinos)

TAIWAN VISA: How to Apply for a Tourist Visa 2020 (for Filipinos)
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IMPORTANT UPDATE (26 July 2020): Great news! Taiwan has extended its visa-free program for Filipinos till 31 July 2021. You can check the TECO website for confirmation.

The only valid information on this page is the segment about the VISA-FREE PROGRAM. Everything else is suspended for the duration of the visa-free trial program. Check out our Taipei travel guide to help you plan your trip to Taiwan.

VISA-FREE PROGRAM

REQUIREMENTS

Philippine passport holders are eligible for visa-free entry for stays of up to fourteen (14) days, provided the following conditions are met. The visa-free program has been extended till 31 July 2021.

  1. The applicant’s passport is valid for at least six months starting from the date of arrival in Taiwan.
  2. The applicant has an onward/return air/ferry ticket and a visa for that destination (if required).
  3. The applicant can provide proof of accommodation (or host/sponsor’s contact information or arrangements of tour, travel, visit, events and meeting etc.) in Taiwan.
  4. A completed arrival card which may be obtained from the airlines or cruise ship company.

Please be advised that applicants may be denied entry to Taiwan if they have a criminal record, have overstayed in Taiwan on a previous trip, or cannot prove sufficient funds to support themselves while in Taiwan. Click on the link for more information on visa-free treatment for Philippine passport holders.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As advised, any information below this notice is NOT valid while the visa-free program is in effect. The program will be reevaluated after 31 July 2021 so I’ll be sure to update this page when TECO makes an announcement.

VISA-FREE TRAVEL CERTIFICATE

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

Philippine passport holders may be eligible for the visa-free travel certificate if the following conditions are met:

  1. The applicant’s passport is valid for at least six months starting from the date of arrival in Taiwan.
  2. The applicant has an onward/return air/ferry ticket.
  3. The applicant has never been employed as a blue-collar worker in Taiwan.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

In addition, one of the following conditions must also be met:

  1. You must possess one of these documents issued by the US, CANADA, the UK, JAPAN, KOREA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, and/or any of the SCHENGEN countries:
  • Valid resident or permanent resident card
  • Valid entry visa (may be electronic visa)
  • Visa or resident card that has expired less than ten (10) years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan
  • The applicant possesses a Taiwan visa or resident card issued over the last 10 years and has no immigration irregularities or violations in Taiwan. However, Taiwan visa holders with a remark of “FL” (foreign labor) or “X” (others) and resident cards with the purpose of “Foreign Labor” are not eligible for the travel certificate.
  • If you meet these requirements, then you can go to their website and fill up the travel authorization certificate form. When done, just print out the certificate and you’re good to go. Applying for the travel certificate is FREE of charge and the whole process takes about 5-10 minutes.

    The travel certificate is valid for ninety (90) days and good for multiple entries within those ninety (90) days. You’ll have thirty (30) days of stay starting from the day after your arrival in Taiwan. Be sure to bring the documents listed above along with your travel certificate when entering Taiwan. They won’t let you through without it. You can check out the TECO website for more information regarding the visa-free travel certificate to Taiwan.

    E-VISA

    If you’re not eligible for visa-free entry, then you can apply for an e-visa online. You don’t have to physically go to TECO anymore. It costs TWD 1,632 to apply for an e-visa and it takes three (3) working days to process. If approved, e-visas are valid for three (3) months from the date of issue and allow you a stay of up to thirty (30) days. This new e-visa policy will be on trial basis for one (1) year. You can check this link for frequently asked questions about the Taiwan e-visa.

    How to Apply for a Taiwan Tourist Visa (for Filipinos)

    TOURIST VISA

    If you aren’t eligible for visa-free entry or don’t want to apply for an e-visa, then you can apply for a tourist visa through the TECO office.

    Step 1: SUBMIT VISA REQUIREMENTS

    Here are the basic documents you’ll need to file your application. Please be advised that all documents submitted should be original and with one (1) photocopy.

    1. Valid Philippine passport. Must have at least 6 months remaining validity. Any old passports showing previous travels can be submitted as well.
    2. A completed visa application form. Go to their website to fill out the visa application form and print it out. Once you’ve printed the form and signed the last page, you can submit this together with all other requirements to TECO. More details in STEP 2.

    How to Apply for a Taiwan Tourist Visa (for Filipinos)

    1. Two (2) 1.5″ x 2″ passport photos against a white background taken within the last three (3) months. Sign the backs of both photos and paste one of them on the form. Put the other one in clear plastic and attach it to the form.
    2. PSA-issued birth certificate
    3. PSA-issued marriage certificate. Obviously, this only applies to married applicants. Single applicants can ignore this.
    4. Certificate of Employment
    5. Evidence of enrollment at school/college for minors (under 18) or students
    6. Financial statements (Bank Book or Bank Statements reflecting at least 6 months of transactions)

    Applicants over 60 years old who are visiting Taiwan for tourism need not submit documents 6 and 7 above. Also, please note that the requirements for applicants looking to visit relatives in Taiwan are different. You can follow this link for a list of requirements for visas to visit relatives in Taiwan.

    If you’ll be traveling on BUSINESS, then you’ll also need to submit the following:

    1. Certificate of business name registration and SEC registration(if company owner)
    2. Certificate of Employment (if employed)
    3. Invitation letter from Taiwanese company/organization in Chinese letterhead clearly outlining purpose of visit and duration of stay
    4. Request letters from applicant’s company

    Step 2: SUBMIT, PAY, & PRAY

    You can now submit your application and documents to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. Filing of applications can be done from Monday-Friday, 8:45-11:45AM. Their office is located on the 41st floor of Tower 1, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati. As of 13 May 2017, visa processing fees are as follows:

    How to Apply for a Taiwan Tourist Visa (for Filipinos)

    After submitting your documents and paying, you’ll be given a receipt which you (or a representative) will need to present after three (3) working days to claim your passport. If you have it expedited, then you can get it in one (1) working day. Releasing times are from Monday-Friday, 1:45-4:45PM.

    According to TECO, the visa’s validity, number of entries, and duration of stay will be determined by the applicant’s purpose of visit.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

    When will the visa-free program begin?
    The visa-free program will begin on 1 November 2017 and will be on a 9-month trial period until 31 July 2018. It will allow you a stay of up to fourteen (14) days.

    What’s the difference between the visa-free program and the visa-free travel certificate?
    The visa-free program allows ALL Philippine passport holders to enter Taiwan visa-free regardless of previous travel experience. This is different from the visa-free travel certificate which has been in existence for several years now. Only travelers who meet certain requirements are eligible for the visa-free travel certificate.

    How much do I need to have in my bank account to be granted an e-visa or stamped tourist visa?
    There’s no official amount. People have said at least PHP 50,000 but there’s no confirmation on this. People have mentioned that they’ve been approved with less. Some have been rejected with more. Your application is contingent on many factors so there’s no amount that can guarantee approval. As long as your application doesn’t raise any red flags and you have enough money to support yourself for the duration of your stay, then you should have a good chance of getting approved.

    Do I need to have confirmed flight and hotel bookings?
    No, you don’t. Confirmed flight and hotel bookings are not required. On the application form, you can just put down the contact details of the hotel you intend to stay at. It doesn’t have to be a finalized booking. You can always change after you’ve been granted a visa.

    Is there an interview?
    Not necessarily. You’ll only be asked in for an interview if they have questions about your application, but most people aren’t.

    Do I have to go to Manila to apply?
    Not anymore. With the implementation of the e-visa, you can now apply online. People outside of Manila used to course it through travel agencies but you don’t have to do that anymore.

    I have a tourist visa to Korea that expired 3 years ago. Am I eligible for the visa-free travel certificate?
    Yes, you are. As stated above, you’re eligible for visa-free entry if your tourist visa or resident card to the US, CANADA, the UK, JAPAN, KOREA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, and/or any of the SCHENGEN countries expired less than ten (10) years prior to your arrival in Taiwan.

    I have a tourist visa to Japan that expired 5 years ago. Am I eligible for the visa-free travel certificate?
    See above. 🙄

    I have a tourist visa to Australia that expired 7 yea…
    Ok, that’s enough questions for today. 😡

    Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in the Philippines

    41F, Tower 1, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati
    Tel: +632 887-6688
    Website: roc-taiwan.org
    Email: [email protected]
    Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:45AM-4:45PM
    Filing: Mon-Fri, 8:45-11:45AM
    Releasing: Mon-Fri, 1:45-4:45PM

    Disclaimer

    I’m not an expert on Taiwan tourist visas. Like you, I’m just a traveler. I’ll try to help as much as I can but please understand that my knowledge is finite and limited to my experience only. Unless otherwise noted, all requirements listed above were valid at the time of my application. Please be sure to check the embassy’s WEBSITE for updates. If you need answers to any pressing issues, then it’s best that you call the embassy directly.

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    Avegael

    Thursday 14th of January 2021

    Hello.. I have an exam date on june 25, 2021.. How is the governments requirement regarding the quarantine and stay in taiwan. please i need your advice.

    thank you.

    JB & Renée Macatulad

    Saturday 23rd of January 2021

    Hi Avegael, it's best to contact TECO directly but I believe there's a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

    Michelle Asigurado

    Monday 5th of October 2020

    Good Afternoon, I would like to ask about the process we need to apply to be able to go Taiwan and stay for atleast 2-3 months. I am Filipina married to Taiwanese here in Philippines. We have 1 child (10 months old). Now we want to see my husband as soon as possible because he is now at Taiwan due to work. My child is still infant and I want her to see his father especially now she still a baby. I hope to hear from you. Thank you so much.

    JB & Renée Macatulad

    Tuesday 13th of October 2020

    Hi Michelle, that's a good question and something I've been wondering myself. You'll need to contact TECO directly for that one. Good luck.

    Vanessa

    Wednesday 18th of December 2019

    Hi there

    I notice that there are some changes to the requirements to apply for a visa free program in August 2019 in which if I use "election visa issued by Australia or NZ the visa must be valid at the time entering Taiwan " Does that mean if my Australian visa has already expired but if its the paper type that is attached to my passport I'm still eligible to apply for visa free program .

    JB & Renée Macatulad

    Friday 20th of December 2019

    Hi Vanessa, not sure what you mean. As far as I know, Philippine passport holders are allowed to enter Taiwan regardless of what other visas you may have. Please contact TECO directly regarding your inquiry.

    Justin

    Friday 15th of November 2019

    Hi! I’m planning to stay in Taiwan for more than 14 days. I have Schengen VISA that expired last 2017 and currently have US VISA still expiring on 2027. Which VISA application to Taiwan should I apply for? Need help since I’ll be leaving next week! :(

    JB & Renée Macatulad

    Friday 15th of November 2019

    Hi Justin, that's a good question and something I'm wondering myself. Unfortunately, I don't know how to extend stays for Philippine passport holders beyond 14 days. You may want to contact TECO directly for that.

    Cherryl

    Thursday 14th of November 2019

    Hi. Just to clarify, ano ba ang kaibahan ng "visa free program" at "visa free travel cert". Sa pagkaintindi ko if plan mo lng stay for less than 14days, you can enter /travel to taiwan anytime as long as (valid ung passport at least 6months, may return ticket at hotel accom) but if ang intensyon ay mag stay ng more than 14days, saka lang mag apply ng visa free travel cert. TAMA BA?

    JB & Renée Macatulad

    Friday 15th of November 2019

    Hi Cherryl, no that's incorrect. As stated in the IMPORTANT NOTICE above, the VISA-FREE TRAVEL CERTIFICATE is suspended as of this time. Yan yung binibigay nila dati sa mga holder ng US, UK, Schengen visa etc. But ever since they implemented the the VISA-FREE PROGRAM, Philippine passport holders can now enter Taiwan visa-free for stays of up to 14 days. I don't know how you can extend beyond 14 days. Hope that clarifies.