To further attract visitors from Southeast and South Asia and in continuation to its visa policy from last year, visa-free travel for citizens of Brunei and Thailand will be extended to July 31, 2018. Citizens of the Philippines will be able to travel to Taiwan without applying for a visa starting June 1, 2017 in an one-year pilot program. Citizens of Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam who have received a Taiwan visa (excluding the foreign worker visa) will be eligible to apply online for a multiple-entry permit. Citizens of Bhutan and Sri Lanka will be eligible for tourist visa. Business travelers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka will be able to apply for the eVisa with recommendation from the local office of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).
For more information, contact Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bureau of Consular Affairs or the nearest Taiwan embassy/consulate/representative office.
Starting 1 August 2016, citizens of Thailand and Brunei will be able to visit Taiwan for 30 days without applying for a tourist visa in an one-year pilot program. Citizens of Brunei are already able to receive visa on arrival and the eVisa. In addition, citizens of Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam who have received a visa from Australia, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Schengen Area, the UK, or the US within the last 10 years will be able to visit Taiwan visa-free for 30 days by going through an online verification process starting 1 September 2016. For more information, contact Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bureau of Consular Affairs or the nearest Taiwan embassy/consulate/representative office.
Citizens of Malaysia and Singapore are already able to visit Taiwan for 30 days without a visa. Taiwan’s transportation ministry estimates an annual increase of 280,000 visitors from ASEAN countries after the new visa policy is implemented.