Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it will be extending visa-free entry to Filipino nationals for another year, until 31 July 2021. Although temporary border control measures to curb the spread COVID-19 remain in place, the extension is welcome news for all of us looking forward to traveling again.
As a refresher, visa-free travelers only need to prepare four documents before heading to the airport: 1) Regular passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the date of entry; 2) return ticket or a ticket for the traveller’s next destination and a visa for that destination if it is required; 3) proof of accommodation (hotel) booking or host/sponsor’s contact information, or arrangements of tour, travel, visit, events and meeting etc.; 4) a completed “Arrival Card” which may be obtained from the airlines or cruise ship company.
You’ll be presenting the completed arrival card with passport to the immigration officials at an airport or seaport upon your arrival in Taiwan. A visa-free visitor can stay in Taiwan for 14 days starting from the day after the date of arrival.
Can you travel to Taiwan now?
Recently, Taiwan’s entry regulations for foreign nationals were adjusted to help “resume economic activity and international exchanges,” and “restore normal living conditions.” Starting 29 June 2020, foreign nationals who wish to travel to Taiwan for reasons other than tourism and regular social visits may apply for a special entry permit with an R.O.C. overseas mission by submitting relevant documents and forms.
Permitted purposes for coming to Taiwan include internships and training, international conferences or trade fairs, international exchanges, volunteering, religious proselytization, working holidays, youth exchanges, and seeking employment.
Upon entering Taiwan, all foreign nationals must present an English-language certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three working days of boarding the flight to Taiwan and undergo a 14-day home quarantine period.
For those traveling for work: Short-term commercial travelers meeting certain conditions may present evidentiary documents provided by the inviting firm, schedule, and disease prevention plan to the foreign mission when applying for a special entry permit. See: Taiwan’s Operating Guidelines for Short-term Commercial Travelers Applying for a Reduced At-home Quarantine Period.
Regarding the resumption of traveling for leisure, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced, “Adjustments to entry control measures for foreign nationals will be determined by the Central Epidemic Command Center in accordance with global pandemic developments.”