TAIWAN: Visa-Free Entry Requirements

During the announcement of the visa-free entry, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines stated that this will be applicable for Filipinos who will visit the Republic of China for tourism, business, visiting relatives or attending events and functions for up to 14 days.

To avail the visa-free entry, here are the requirements for Filipino Travelers:

  1. An ordinary/regular passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the date of entry ( Diplomatic & official passport holders are not eligible for visa-free treatment) 
  2. A return ticket or a ticket for the traveler’s next destination and a visa for that destination if required
  3. No criminal record in Taiwan
  4. Proof of accommodations (such as hotel booking) or host/sponsor’s contact information or arrangements of tour, travel, visit, events, meetings, etc.

Please note that those who are planning to stay for more than 14 days for the purpose of studying, employment, missionary, and other gainful activities, a visa is still required.

With the new visa-free entry system in place, TECO said the TAC will be suspended starting Nov. 1, but passengers who enter Taiwan before this date with valid TACs may continue to stay for up to 30 days.

Those who have already obtained long-term and multiple Taiwan visas which have been stamped on their passports can still use their visas to enter Taiwan

TAIWAN: Visa-Free Starting November 1

Rejoice! An early Christmas gift of Taiwan to us Filipinos! Filipino citizens who like to visit Taiwan up to 14 days will be granted a visa-free entry beginning on November 1.

Yes, fellow Filipinos, you read it right, you and I will be able to visit Taiwan with no visa required starting November 1.  This visa-free entry will be on a trial basis until July 31 next year.

According to my kinakapatid Joy, who is married to a Taiwanese and who lives in Taiwan, there’s a lot of budget-friendly and Instagram-worthy places and super delicious restaurants there. Oh, Joy and I could go on a Taiwan Food Trip real soon!

“This visa-free initiative shall undergo a 9-month trial period until July 31, 2018, as part of Taiwan’s goodwill and efforts of the ‘New Southbound Policy’ to build closer people-to-people exchange of visits and an economic community between Taiwan and the Philippines”

Following this visa-free entry for Filipinos, Taiwan Representative to the Philippines Gary Song-Huann Lin is also urging the Philippine government to provide visa-free entries for those coming from Taiwan.

He mentioned that these significant efforts will enhance the bilateral tourism, educational, cultural, economic, and other areas. These exchanges will also bring mutual benefits for both citizens of the Philippines and Taiwan.

He said that these exchanges will also bring mutual benefits for both citizens of the Philippines and Taiwan.

Are you excited this coming November? Did you already book your airline ticket to Taiwan?

HOW TO COMMUTE TO UP TOWN CENTER VIA E-JEEPNEY

I discovered the E-Jeepney facilities only this year when I got invited to an event at UP Town Center.  I don’t know how long have they been operating though.  But, what is important now is that you and I have another option whenever we like to visit the UP Town Center mall.

The terminal is located just in front of SM Main Building along EDSA .  Yes, yung dulong dulo na terminal malapit na sa tawiran going to Trinoma.  Please ask around if you happen not to find the E-Jeepneys at first.  For sure somebody would point you at the right terminal of the E-Jeepney.

When I was looking for it, somebody told me that there was no E-Jeepneys anymore because they like me to just ride the regular old type jeep that has a UP Ikot signage.  I told the old guy that I know that there exists an e-jeepney somewhere I just don’t know where is the exact location.

From the terminal the E-Jeepney traverse along Katipunan Avenue and make a u-turn under the flyover in Katipunan Avenue.

Fare is only Php20.00