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How I Entered Taiwan without a Visa

15 Jun

Taiwan

So I got the chance to visit Japan again last spring. And it was as beautiful as ever. But I digress. Still, Japan is important in this article. Because I went there and my Japan visa (the process to acquire one is still the same as in here) was still a few weeks valid after the end of my trip, I decided to pay Taiwan a visit before finally returning home.

As it turned out, if you’re a Filipino who has a valid Japan visa, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Taiwan. All you have to do is get a Travel Authorization Certificate online.

I was surprised at how easy it was. But here are some things you have to remember should you wish to get one:

1. Mine was a single-entry visa to Japan. So it was considered invalid after I used it. However, I was still able to get the certificate because:

a. I used my Japan visa prior to visiting Taiwan; and

b. I arrived in Taiwan before the expiration date indicated on my Japan visa.

2. Accordiing to the official website, the basic requirements include:

a. The applicant’s passport is valid for at least six months. (This means that the passport is valid for at least six months when its holder arrives in Taiwan and not when the application is filed online.)

b. The applicant should possess a return plane or ferry ticket.– I did not purchase my return ticket prior to acquiring a travel certificate. There’s no part in the application where you will be asked to provide your ticket details.

c. The applicant is never employed as a blue-collar worker in Taiwan.

3. You can print out the certificate right after getting approved. Have it at the ready when you present your passport at the check-in counter.

*If you made any mistakes while filling in the form, don’t fret. You can just re-apply.

Taiwan Travel Certificate

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