July 29, 2020

Taiwan Extends Visa-Free Entry Policies for Filipinos Until July 2021

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  • With local and international travel still put on hold for the rest of 2020 due to the pandemic, travelers may have to wait until next year to continue on with their travels. Here’s good news because Taiwan has extended its pilot visa-free measures for nationals of Thailand, Brunei, the Philippines, and Russia for one year until July 31, 2021.

    In an inter-ministerial meeting held last May 29, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs discussed and evaluated the adjustment of visa treatment for the target countries of the “New Southbound Policy” and the visa facilitation measures such as the “Guanhong Project” and “Conditional Visa Exemption”.

    One of the resolutions is to extend the 14-day visa-free entry for another year for tourists coming from Thailand, Brunei, the Philippines, and Russia going to Taiwan. The existing visa-free measure for Filipinos, which was announced in 2019, is set to end this July.

    Also read: Taiwan Extends Visa-Free Entry for Filipinos Until 2020

    It was also decided to continue Taiwan’s “Guanhong Project” for one year until December 31, 2021. Moreover, starting August 1, those who will apply for the “Conditional Visa Exemption” with a Japanese/Korean visa must attach a separate entry record to Japan/Korea.

    However, with the epidemic prevention measures of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) of Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated that the aforementioned visa measures for new southbound countries and Russia are “extensions and implementation adjustments of existing visa benefits and are not open to foreigners who will visit Taiwan during the epidemic.”

    The CECC also announced that starting July 26, travelers arriving in Taiwan from the Philippines must follow quarantine measures such as a mandatory collection of specimens upon entry in the country and 14-day home quarantine.

    Foreign nationals without an Alien Resident Certificate, likewise, shall provide a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result issued within three (3) days of boarding and must also undergo home quarantine for 14 days after entry into the country.

    Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs of Taiwan

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