Taiwan to reinstate visa-free entry for PH on Sept. 29

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 23) — Filipinos may again enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan beginning next week, with allowable stay of up to 14 days.

Taiwan, through its Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA), announced it will resume the visa exemption program for a number of countries, including the Philippines, starting Sept. 29, 2022 until July 31, 2023.

“Nationals of Philippines (effective till July 31, 2023), except those holding diplomatic or official/service passports, are eligible for the visa exemption program, with a duration of stay of up to 14 days,” read the Sept. 22 notice.

The announcement came a couple of weeks after Taiwan said it will temporarily suspend the privilege for the Philippines and 11 other nations.

According to the consular affairs bureau, the visa-exempt entry only applies to foreigners holding formal passports, such as ordinary, official/service and diplomatic passports. Those with emergency, temporary, or other informal passports or travel documents are ineligible.

It also said holders of passports from the Philippines, Brunei, and Thailand “must have a proof of accommodation (hotel) booking, host/sponsor's contact information and sufficient travel funds.”

The 14-day allowable stay of Filipinos starts from the day after arrival and cannot be extended, BOCA said.

Travelers are still required to undergo three days of home or hotel quarantine in Taiwan and four days of "self-initiated epidemic prevention."

According to Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control, travelers must still follow the "one person per room" requirement during the self-initiated epidemic prevention. They must also avoid coming into contact with people at high risk for COVID-19 and refrain from going outdoors if they are experiencing symptoms.

Meanwhile, vessel/aircraft crew members or service personnel from the Philippines, Brunei and Thailand who intend to board to report for duty are ineligible for the visa-free entry, the bureau said.

It also clarified that those who wish to enter Taiwan for purposes that require qualifications, such as religious work, “must obtain a visa from an ROC (Republic of China) overseas mission.”