[Updated June 2018]
After a successful visa-free trial run for Filipinos and other Asian nations, Taiwan has decided to extend the privileges for another year!
The trial run for the Philippines, Thailand and Brunei will now end on July 31, 2019.
The decision to extend the visa-free privileges to the three countries was reached after an interministerial meeting. Filipinos have been enjoying visa-free access to Taiwan since November 1, 2017, while Thai and Bruneian citizens have been on the trial run since August 2016.
Travelers from these countries can enjoy 14 days of visa-free travel in Taiwan. You get to visit tourist destinations like Taipei 101, Taroko National Park, the Chimei Museum, and the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. In order to better manage the program, the previous 30 days granted to Brunei and Thailand was shortened.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is set to come up with more ways to make travel more convenient for tourists. Since its implementation, tourist arrivals from the Philippines have increased by 68.59%.
The New Southbound Policy
The new visa policy is part of Taiwan’s efforts to encourage more tourist visits from South and Southeast Asian countries. Dubbed the “New Southbound Policy”, it aims to forge closer trade and economic ties with South and Southeast Asian nations.
Since the implementation of this policy, Taiwan has seen anincrease in tourist arrivals from South and Southeast Asian countries.
In January 2017, 68,000 people from South and Southeast Asian countries visited Taiwan. This is an increase of 42.8% from 2016 and is the biggest growth in four years, according to government data.
With this new policy, Filipinos can now go to 62 countries either visa-free or with visa on arrival. In Southeast Asia, Filipinos can go to Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
In South America, Filipinos can go to Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, Peru, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Haiti.