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Pinoys allowed visa-free entry to Taiwan starting November

Filipinos planning to stay up to 14 days in Taiwan for tourism activities, business, visiting relatives, attending functions or events can enjoy visa-free entry effective Nov. 1 to July 31, 2018, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines announced.
TECO said those who intend to stay in Taiwan for more than 14 days or for the purpose of study, work, missionary, employment and other gainful activities are still required to obtain appropriate visas before entering Taiwan.
Requirements for visa-free entries are as 1) ordinary/regular passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the date of entry (diplomatic and official passport holders are not eligible for visa-free treatment); 2) return ticket or a ticket of the traveler’s next destination and a visa for that destination if it is required; 3) no criminal record in Taiwan; and 4) proof of accommodation (hotel) booking or host/sponsor’s contact information/or arrangements of tour, travel, visit, events and meeting.
Visitors who entered Taiwan before Nov. 1 with valid travel authorization certificates, as well as those with approved e-visas, may continue their stay for up to 30 days, TECO said.
Travel authorization certificates of those who did not enter Taiwan before Nov. 1 will be no longer valid, as this “relaxed” visa application systems will be suspended during the nine-month trial period.
Meanwhile, 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 the Taiwan.
In return, Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, Taiwan Representative to the Philippines, urged the Philippine government and the Manila Economic and Cultural Office to grant visa-free treatment to Taiwan nationals.