How to get a Taiwan Travel Authorization Certificate for Filipinos
UPDATE!!! (May 17, 2017)
VISA Free Entry to Taiwan is rescheduled to September, 2017 instead of the earlier announced date of June 1, 2017. No specific confirmation on the actual date yet on September so let’s wait for that and stay tuned for updates. For more info about this news click here.
In the meantime, you still have to get an e-visa or a travel authorization certificate while we await for the final date and confirmation of visa free entry. Click here for more info on ROC’s press release re easing of visa rules.
Last year (2016), the government of Taiwan did an awesome move by allowing VISA free entry to eligible citizens from India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines. But of course, it’s not entirely free for all. There are certain requirements to be met in order to enter Taiwan VISA free. One must need a Travel Authorization Certificate. If you don’t meet the requirements for this certificate, then you need to get a VISA from the Taiwan embassy. Continue reading to check the requirements and steps on how to get one.
These are the requirements for a VISA free entry to Taiwan for Philippine passport holders. I copy-pasted the requirements below from this site.
UPDATE: July 7, 2017 (Updated the requirements)
Basic requirements: to be eligible for an ROC Travel Authorization Certificate, the following three conditions must be met:
- 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.
Additional requirements: one of the following conditions must also be met:
- The applicant possesses 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, which should be printed out).
- Resident card or visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan.
- The applicant possesses a visa or resident card issued by R.O.C. (Taiwan) over the last 10 years and has had no evidence of past immigration irregularities or violations in Taiwan. However, holders of the R.O.C. (Taiwan) visas bearing a remark of “FL” (foreign labor) or “X” (others) and resident cards with the purpose of “Foreign Labor” are not eligible for an ROC Travel Authorization Certificate.
- Application can only be applied individually. No group or family filing will be accepted nor acknowledged.
- An approved ROC Travel Authorization Certificate is valid for 90 days. Multiple entries within these 90 days are allowed. The holder of an ROC Travel Authorization Certificate may stay in Taiwan for 30 days, starting from the day after arrival. If the holder wishes to apply for another ROC Travel Authorization Certificate, he or she must do so seven days prior to the expiry of the current certificate.
- If any mistake is made during the online application process, the applicant may submit a new application.
- Online applications can only be made by persons holding valid regular passports. Persons holding temporary, emergency, or informal passports, or travel documents other than a passport, cannot submit online applications.
- The visas in the aforementioned list of required documents do not include work permits.
- Holders of the aforementioned visas bearing a stamp of VOID, CANCELLED or CANCELLED WITHOUT PREJUDICE are not eligible for an ROC Travel Authorization Certificate.
- Holders of resident card or visa that has expired less than 10 years have to check that the validity date of documents should be less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan. If there is no validity date on documents, please check issue date.
- Applicants who hold permanent resident cards with no expiry date may enter 9999 for year, 12 for month and 31 for day in the Date field.
- Once the application has been approved, the applicant is kindly requested to print out the ROC Travel Authorization Certificate. The applicant must present the certificate and the required documents for inspection when entering Taiwan. Entry will be denied if the required documents are not produced.
- Nationals of Indonesia who possess a valid Japan Visa Waiver Registration are eligible for an R.O.C. Travel Authorization Certificate.
- For questions in regard to application, please contact the R.O.C.(Taiwan) National Immigration Agency at Tel:(+886-2)2388-9393 ext. 2423
How to apply for a Taiwan Travel Authorization Certificate Online
In our case, we have two valid entry VISAs that we may use… An unused multiple entry US VISA (expiring on 2026) and a used multiple entry Korea VISA (expiring on 2018). In getting a certificate, we preferred to use our Korea VISA.
It’s fairly simple to apply for a R.O.C. (Taiwan) Travel Authorization Certificate. I’ll show you how in these simple steps:
1) Go to this link – https://oa1.immigration.gov.tw/nia_southeast
2) Select your preferred language, click next.
3) Next screen is the process flowchart of the certificate. This is FYI so after you’ve understood it, please click the Next button.
4) Next is the requirements for the certificate and who are eligible. It is the same with the requirements I posted above. Click next if you met the requirements.
5) Ok, so this is your personal information part. There are some fields I want to highlight here.
Nil – Check this only if you don’t have an email. Who here doesn’t have an email? Well if you don’t have one up until now in this Age of Information (even my 90 year-old grandpa has one – he even has a Facebook account!) then check this.
Choose what you have; a resident card or an Entry VISA. Since we used our Korea VISA, we chose Entry VISA, then ‘Korea’ from the Country dropdown field.
For the number field, it is the one indicated in the upper right corner. Please note that you should enter all the characters here including the 4 numbers below the ‘PH’ number.
So for example, the number is:
See below for pic.
6) Next is the final validation of your information before you hit the Submit button. If everything is fine, enter the Validation code shown to you (not the one shown below, that’s mine) then click Submit.
7) Immediately click the Print button to print the certificate. As far as I recall, system would automatically download a PDF of the certificate but if not, then click Print and save it to PDF if you don’t have access to a printer right now.
So that’s it! Easy-peasy! The certificate will be valid for 90 days for multiple entries in Taiwan and may stay in Taiwan for 30 days. Sweet move by the government of Taiwan to boost their Tourism! No more hefty VISA fees for eligible travelers! A win-win for both Taiwan and travelers I must say. Air Asia even opened a new route from Manila to Taipei but we booked ours from Cebu Pacific 😛 Let’s go to Taiwan!
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