TECO confirms visa-free entry for Filipinos in Taiwan

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 29 2017 05:24 PM

MANILA- The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila on Friday confirmed that Taiwan would soon offer visa-free entry for Filipinos. 

Taiwan Representative to the Philippines Gary Song Huann Lin said the approval was made last Wednesday.

"We would like to announce hereby that visa-free [entry] for all Filipinos has been decided by our inter-agency meeting on September 25. My new premier Lai (Ching Te) already signed the approval on September 27," he said.

Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has yet to decide when the visa-free privilege for Filipinos would take effect. 

Lin expressed confidence that the number of Filipino tourists visiting Taiwan would substantially increase following the move, which is part of the Taiwanese government's southbound policy to boost relations with its neighbors. 

Taiwan External Trade Development Council Chair James Huang meanwhile expressed hopes that Manila would also grant visa-free privilege to visitors from Taiwan.

The Philippines has no formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan under the "One China Policy" and maintains its ties with the self-governed island through the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei.