Just last year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of China (Taiwan) released a new visa policy for Filipinos who want to visit Taiwan (see: http://www.roc-taiwan.org/ph_en/post/1421.html).
According to the new policy, Filipinos can now travel to Taiwan visa-free by applying for an ROC Travel Authorization Certificate. These are the eligibility requirements for the certificate:
- The applicant’s passport must have remaining validity of at least six months starting from the date of arrival in Taiwan.
- The applicant must possess an onward/return air or ferry ticket.
- The applicant has never been employed as a blue-collar worker in Taiwan.
Furthermore, interested visitors must also have at least one of the following documents issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States:
- Valid resident or permanent resident card
- Valid entry visa (may be electronic visa)
- Resident card or visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan
So upon hearing this news, we started waiting for seatsales to Taiwan. My friends and I already have visas issued by Korea/Japan/USA so we can now travel to Taiwan without the hassle of applying for a visa.
Long story short, we booked our flights, secured an ROC TAC and flew to Taiwan last March (Spring time!).
Here’s the step-by-step guide on how I secured my ROC Travel Authorization Certificate (valid for 3 months, multiple entry):
- Proceed to the website for applying for an ROC TAC: https://niaspeedy.immigration.gov.tw/nia_southeast/. You will be directed to this page.
- Select your preferred language and click Next.
3. You will be directed to this page containing the Step-by-Step guide on the application. Click Next.
4. The next page contains the details and eligibility requirements for applicants to be able to secure an ROC TAC. Click Next.
5. Then you will be directed to the Online Application Page. Please indicate the correct and accurate information as required by the form. As for myself, in the Special Requirements, I selected Entry Visa, Korea, and indicated my visa number (on the upper right corner of your Korean Visa).
6. After filling out the form, click Next. You will see the Confirmation Page of all the details you indicated in the application.
7. Double check your information. Then click Submit.
8. The last page will contain the details of your Approved ROC Travel Authorization Certificate including your Electronic Receipt No. Click Print to print your certificate.
9. There. You are already done securing your ROC TAC to Taiwan. All you need to do is book a flight (if you haven’t yet), reserve a hotel, and create your itinerary. 🙂
- Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months starting from your date of entry to Taiwan.
- You may print your certificate in colored or black and white ink.
- During your travel, make sure to bring the passport containing the visa that you used for your exemption.
- While in Taiwan, always bring your Passport and ROC TAC whenever you go out.