Come June, Filipinos can go to Taiwan visa-free as the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has granted an exemption for Philippine travelers, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila has confirmed to ABS-CBN News.
The visa-free grant will be implemented on a trial basis for a year, starting June 1, 2017.
The TECO has yet to release details, but a Taiwanese news website reported on Wednesday that Filipinos may stay in Taiwan visa-free for up to 30 days.
The new policy is part of efforts of Taiwan to draw in more travelers from Southeast Asia.
Last October, Taiwan relaxed visa requirements for Filipinos, offering visa-free entry to Filipinos who have been issued visas to enter Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States.
TECO in Manila is expected to make the formal announcement on the visa exemption after the Holy Week.
Taiwan is an emerging destination for Filipino travelers, as the flight takes less than two hours.