Taiwan Scraps Visa Requirements for Filipino Travelers

Philippine passport holders will soon be able to enter Taiwan on a visa-free access starting June 1, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Wednesday.

The new measure will allow Filipinos to stay in Taiwan visa-free of up to 30 days, which will be implemented on a trial basis, the ministry said.

According to Taiwan News, the government also extended the 30-day visa exemption for Thailand and Brunei nationals to one year.

The move helps encourage more tourists from countries in South and Southeast Asia to visit Taiwan, as the country aims to forge closer trade and economic ties with these nations.

Multiple-entry visas will also be extended to six more nationalities, including India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos.

The ministry said Taiwan is gradually removing barriers in visa procedures for visitors from the above listed countries, including extending visa-free privileges and reducing application time.

Government data said in January, the number of tourists from South and Southeast Asia reached 68,000, representing a 42.8 percent increase and the biggest growth in four years.

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