How to Travel to Taiwan VISA-FREE (For Filipinos)

Isn’t it nice to travel to countries that are visa free for Filipinos?

It would be one less thing to worry about when planning your trip, isn’t it?

And what if we, Filipinos, can now have the luxury of travelling to Taiwan VISA FREE, wouldn’t you grab this opportunity?

Yes, you read it right, you do not need to have a VISA to travel to Taiwan. And if going to Taiwan has been one of the items in your bucket list, then it may be the perfect time now to tick it off.

How to Apply for Taiwan’s Visa Exemption Authorization Certificate

The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has officially announced that starting June 1, 2017, Filipino travelers may enter Taiwan without having to worry about having a visa.

All you have to do is follow these simple steps in applying for Taiwan’s Visa Exemption Authorization Certificate.

Step 1:

Prepare all the required documents including your passport and valid IDs.

Step 2:

Visit the National Immigration Agency Ministry of the Interior’s website to see the Online Application for R.O.C (Taiwan) Travel Authorization Certificate.

This is only applicable to citizens of the Philippines, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

Step 3:

Fill out the form with all the required info. Double check everything before you click Submit. Your information will then be processed in their system.

Step 4:

And finally, you have to print your R.O.C Travel Authorization Certificate.

Eligibility Requirements for Filipinos who want to travel to Taiwan

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office reminds Filipinos to meet the following conditions before traveling to Taiwan.

  • The applicant must have a passport that is still valid for AT LEAST 6 months from the date of his/her arrival in Taiwan
  • The applicant must already have a return air ticket or return ferry ticket even before arriving.
  • The applicant should have never been a blue-collar employee in Taiwan.
  • And the applicant must have a visa, or an expired visa less than 10 years before the date of arrival in Taiwan, in either one of these countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea (like me), New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States.


Other things to remember:

  • The application process for R.O.C Travel Authorization Certificate is done individually. It cannot be done as a group or as a family. It will not be accepted and validated.
  • Visas with VOID, CANCELLED, or CANCELLED WITHOUT PREJUDICE with the countries mentioned earlier are not eligible to apply for the R.O.C Travel Authorization Certificate.
  • To people who have temporary, emergency, or informal passports, are not allowed to apply. One must have a VALID REGULAR passport to apply.
  • Approved R.O.C Travel Authorization Certificate is only valid for 90 days. And multiple entries WITHIN the 90 days are allowed. If ever one plans to apply for the R.O.C Travel Authorization Certificate again, he/she must apply 7 days before the expiry of the current R.O.C Travel Authorization Certificate.


“What if I make a mistake in the application?”

You can just submit a new application.

“Where will I put my middle name in the form?”

Your middle name can be entered into the “Surname” or “Given name” field.

Is work permit counted as visa for the said countries above?”

Work permits from the said countries are not valid for the R.O.C. Travel Authorization Certificate.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. Please do your due diligence and properly coordinate with the authorized departments or personnel.

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