Visa-free entry to Taiwan for Filipino travelers is extended for another year. But don’t get too excited and plan your leisure trips just yet.
Travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are still enforced, and recreational travel is still subject for review, the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) clarified.
"Whether restrictions on foreign nationals coming to Taiwan for tourism purposes will be relaxed depends on the Central Epidemic Command Center’s assessment of the worldwide development of the COVID-19 pandemic," it said.
So far, Taiwan has allowed entry of foreign nationals for purposes of internships and training, international conferences or trade fairs, international exchanges, volunteering, religious proselytization, working holidays, youth exchanges, and seeking employment. Business and diplomatic or official trips are also permitted.
Those who wish to travel to Taiwan for reasons other than tourism and regular social visits may apply for a special entry permit.
Upon entering Taiwan, all foreign nationals must present an English-language certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of boarding the flight to Taiwan—and undergo a 14-day home quarantine period.
Applications by students and people wishing to study Mandarin in Taiwan will be handled by the Ministry of Education in line with its related measures.
The visa-free privilege will also be continuously enjoyed by citizens of Thailand, Brunei, and Russia. The policy will be in effect from August 1, 2020 until July 31, 2021.