Philippine Passport Holders: Who are exempt from Taiwan Visa
I thought I was going to Taipei. But then the Piso Seat Sale of Cebu Pacific Air happened. I thought it best to publish this entry nevertheless to help those who are confused as to the exemption of Philippine Passport holders from the Taiwan Visa.
First of all, not every Philippine Passport holder can enter Taiwan visa free. Only those who qualify are exempt and may stay for a period no longer than 30 days.
So, how does one get exempted?
1. Have never been employed as a blue-collar worker in Taiwan; and
2. Have a valid visa or permanent residence certificate issued by US, Canada, Japan, U.K., Schengen Convention countries, Australia or New Zealand. Note that you should be able to present the document for inspection when you enter Taiwan; if unable to produce it, you could be denied entry.
If you have all the above qualifications, make sure that:
1. Your passport is valid for at least six months. (This means that the passport is still valid for at least six months when you enter Taiwan rather than when the application is filed online) ; and
2. You have a return plane or ship ticket.
The next step would be to register your documents and personal data online at https://nas.immigration.gov.tw/nase/. Do not forget to bring the printed and approved certification (together with your visa or permanent certificate mentioned above) during your flight.
**** Exemption also applies to passport holders of India, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Therefore, if you do not possess the qualifications posted above, you should get a visa from the nearest Taiwanese Embassy or Consulate.
The requirements for the Taiwan Visa Application are:
1. application form from the embassy or consulate;
2. 1.5 x 2 inches i.d. picture;
3. Philippine Passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of application;
4. bank statement proving that you have enough money to fund your travel;
5. return ticket (a copy, e-ticket receipt or invoice from travel agency); and
6. visa fee: $50 for single entry and $100 for multiple entry.
Quote from the official communication received by the Office of the President from the Taiwan authorities (as of March 15, 2011):
“To express our good faith in response to the visit of Special Emissary Manuel Roxas and the most recent measures taken by your government, we will immediately lift the restrictions on visa applications for all Filipino workers and resume the method used to process their work permits prior to Feb 7, 2011. Online visa applications will also be applicable to the Philippine tourists as that used to be before the incident.”