THE trial one-year visa-free entry measure for nationals of the Philippines, Thailand, and Brunei Darussalam has been extended from August 1, 2023 to July 31, 2024, according to a statement from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (Teco).
This was after the said countries’ ministries of foreign affairs (MOFA) held a comprehensive review on April 25 of existing visa and entry measures that focused on the trial visa-free entry program for their nationals: the “Project for Simplifying Visa Regulations for High-end Group Tourists from Southeast Asian Countries,” and the conditional visa-free entry through online applications of Taiwan’s “Travel Authorization Certificate (TAC)” scheme for the Southeast Asian states.
After evaluating the effectiveness of the abovementioned convenience measures over the past years, then considering the need to revive mutual bilateral exchanges and tourism in the postpandemic era, the ministries have agreed to promote Taiwan’s “New Southbound Policy” seen to further improve visa measures for nationals of partner-countries traveling to Taiwan.
Meanwhile, the “Project for Simplifying Visa Regulations for High-end Group Tourists from Southeast Asian Countries” will continue for a further year through December 31, 2024. Announcements on the TAC will be made via https://niaspeedy.immigration.gov.tw/nia_southeast.
For its part, Taiwan’s MOFA will continue to review and fine-tune visa policies, with a view to strengthen bilateral exchanges and attract more visitors while ensuring border and public security. It will also continue to communicate with the governments of related countries to enhance visa treatment for Taiwan nationals while making their overseas travel more convenient, according to Teco.