MANILA- Taiwan's offer of visa-free entry for Filipino travelers may not push through on June 1 due to some “technical problems” faced by the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
Lito Banayo, chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office told ANC on Friday that the visa-free grant may be postponed for about a month or two.
“I was just told by the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs the other day so it may be postponed for a month or two, simply [because of] technical problems that they are having, you know in the issuance of visas and lifting of these visas,” he said.
The Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office earlier confirmed to ABS-CBN News that the visa-free grant will be implemented on a trial basis for a year, starting June 1, 2017.
Banayo however assured Filipinos that the postponement does not mean a cancellation of the grant.
“I think it will push through eventually. They have already started also with other ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries. It’s going to come through,” he said.
Taiwan is an emerging destination for Filipino travelers, as the flight takes less than two hours.