Pinoys can now enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan
Some Pinoys have already visited the Merlion in Singapore; or shook hands with Mickey Mouse inside Hong Kong’s Disneyland, or maybe experienced bathing with the elephants in Thailand.Some Pinoys have already visited the Merlion in Singapore; or shook hands with Mickey Mouse inside Hong Kong’s Disneyland, or maybe experienced bathing with the elephants in Thailand.
By: Souqpinoy.com Staff
Do you want to add another beautiful Asian country to your itinerary?
How does a visit to Taipei 101 sound like? This building was the world’s tallest building from 2004 to 2010 until Dubai’s very own Burj Khalifa surpassed it. Do you fancy a walk along Lugang Old Street? This busy street reflects the old country with designs, decors as ancient as the last century. You can now plan all these and more because the visa-free entry for Filipinos to the Island of Taiwan is underway.
Taiwan will allow visa-free entry for visitors from the Philippines in hopes that the Southeast Asian nation will reciprocate the gesture, a spokesman for the self-ruled island’s cabinet said on Thursday.
According to Taiwan.gov.tw (the official website of the Republic of China), the move was reviewed since the first half of 2017 and is being considered in an effort to promote the New Southbound Policy. Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry previously convened an inter-ministerial meeting on April 10 to explore the feasibility of granting visa-free entry to Taiwan for nationals from countries targeted by the policy, including the Philippines.
Taiwan does not have formal diplomatic relations with the Philippines, which recognizes the “one China” policy under which Manila acknowledges the Chinese position that there is only one China and Taiwan is part of it.
Whether the visa-free policy takes effect in October or November is to be decided by the foreign ministry, said Hsu Kong-yung, the spokesman of Taiwan’s executive yuan, or cabinet.
“After we open up the visa-free arrangements, in view of equal mutual benefits, we also hope they will make visa-free arrangements with Taiwan,” he told a news conference.
With reports from Reuters (reuters.com)
- The Official Website of China – http://www.taiwan.gov.tw/news.php
- The Republic of China Overseas Chinese Affairs Committee – http://ocacnews.net/overseascommunity/article/article_story.jsp?main=253&sub=94&third=0&id=225149
- Reuters News Agency – http://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-economy-tourism/taiwan-to-allow-visa-free-entry-for-visitors-from-philippines-idUSKCN1C30SN