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Philippines to launch online visa application for Taiwanese

Philippines to launch online visa application for Taiwanese

Taipei, May 4 (CNA) The Philippines will soon launch a new online visa application system to make it easier for Taiwanese tourists to visit the Southeast Asian country to boost local tourism, the Philippines' representative office in Taiwan said Monday. In a statement, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) said it will launch an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system, which will allow Taiwanese passport holders to apply for and obtain an entry permit to the Philippines online. The new system will be available starting July 1, it said. With the ETA system, applications and payments for the travel authorization can be done online wherever applicants are at any time, it said.
"This is one of several ground-breaking measures that the Philippines is undertaking to bring in more Taiwanese travelers to the Philippines following the announcement of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III that 2015 is 'Visit the Philippines Year,'" the statement said. It is part of the "It's More Fun in the Philippines" tourism campaign in which various themes -- including sports adventure and eco-tourism, history and culture, lifestyle and entertainment, and music and the arts -- will be highlighted in a series of events. There are currently 28 direct flights between Taipei and Manila every week, along with other direct flights between Taipei and Cebu and Taipei and Puerto Princesa, which create easier access to top tourist destinations in the Philippines, MECO said. Meanwhile, a new agreement on air traffic just recently negotiated between Taiwan and the Philippines will significantly boost the frequency of flights between Taipei and Manila and also pave the way for more direct flights between Taipei and other popular tourist destinations in the Philippines, MECO added. The new measure comes amid an increase of Taiwanese visitors to the Philippines. "Taiwanese visitors to the Philippines increased by 37% in the first quarter of 2015 compared to a similar period last year," MECO said. Applicants will have to pay a fee of NT1,100 (US$35.80) for the online visa to the Philippines, MECO said. At present, Taiwanese tourists have to visit MECO offices in Taiwan to submit visa applications and make a payment of NT1,200, it said. The online application system will be only for tourists, according to MECO. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-05-12 03:55 GMT+08:00