Visa-free entry for Filipino citizens postponed

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan’s offer of visa-free access for Philippine citizens has been postponed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Friday, but it would not say for how long.

The ministry said the implementation of the plan is being pushed back in order to complete related administrative procedures and negotiations.

The MOFA decided to expand visa privileges for visitors from Thailand, Brunei and the Philippines and streamline the visa application process for visitors from other Southeast Asian and South Asian countries in an inter-agency meeting in April.

At the time, the ministry also announced that Taiwan will allow Philippine nationals visa-exempt stays of up to 30 days, which will be implemented a period of one year, from June 1, 2017 on a trial basis.

The plan is part of the Taiwan government's efforts to promote exchanges with the Philippines under“New Southbound Policy, which is aimed at advancing ties with Southeast and South Asian countries.