Taiwan to resume visa-free entry to Filipinos

Published September 23, 2022, 2:02 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

Filipinos will be able to enter Taiwan by the end of month without the need to secure a visa after the East Asian country reinstated its visa-free policy to 11 countries.

This came after Taiwan’s Bureau of Consular Affairs announced on Thursday the resumption of visa-free entry to select countries starting Sep. 29 as part of its government’s first stages of easing up its borders amid Covid-19, the English website of state-run news outlet CNA reported.

Taiwanese flags are seen as tourists walk past in Taiwan’s Kinmen islands on August 11, 2022. Sam Yeh / AFP

Aside from the Philippines, other countries that could enjoy visa-free travel to Taiwan are: Japan, Korea, Chile, Israel, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei, according to CNA.

Despite slightly loosening its border restrictions, Taiwan will still require travelers to undergo a three-day home or hotel quarantine and a four-day self-monitoring as part of precaution against the virus.

But travelers are no longer required to take an RT-PCR test; a self-administered antigen test would be sufficient.