Heads up, travel bugs! Here's more visa-related news that's bound to make your travels a lot smoother. In case you were planning on traveling to Taiwan in the latter half of the year until 2024, put those visa application forms aside. The land of milk tea and xiao long bao just announced that they are extending visa-free travel for Filipino nationals until July 2024.
What to know about Taiwan's extension of visa-free travel:
In a statement released by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), visa-free travel for Filipinos has been extended to July 31, 2024—that's a one-year extension. Under the extended visa-free program, ordinary Philippine passport holders can enjoy up to 14 days of visa-free stays in Taiwan. However, individuals holding diplomatic, official, or service passports are still required to go through visa processing.
Tourists hoping to visit Taiwan simply have to prepare the following items before entering the country:
- Proof of accommodation
- Contact details of their host or sponsor in Taiwan
- Sufficient travel funds to cover their expenses during the stay.
The visa-free privilege granted to Filipinos was initially set to expire by the end of July this year. This extension comes from the island nation's effort to boost its tourism and improve mutual bilateral relations with the Philippines and other nations in a post-pandemic setting. Nationals from Thailand and Brunei were also granted the same privilege.
Taiwan first opened its doors to visa-free travel for Filipinos on November 1, 2017. This policy has since been annually extended.
* This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the editors.