Okay Guys! I know you’ve already heard the news about the Visa Free travel to Taiwan for Philippine Passport holders. Well, unfortunately it’s not for everyone. I know, life is usually unfair. I’m kinda used to it already. But fret not my friends! I’ll teach you how to apply for Taiwan eVisa in 10 Easy Steps in Less Than 10 Minutes!
Implementation of E-Visa for Philippine passport holders to enter the ROC (Taiwan)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of China (Taiwan) has also implemented the E-Visa (online Visa) for Philippine passport holders to enter the ROC (Taiwan). What does this mean? CONVENIENCE(at least for me)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of China (Taiwan) has announced that starting from October 7, 2016, Philippine passport holders who wish to travel to Taiwan are now eligible to apply for an E-visa (online visa). This simplified visa policy will facilitate the processing and save applicant’s time, traffic hassles, and economic cost. The applicant doesn’t need to physically appear in the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines.
Read the official announcement here: http://roc-taiwan.org/ph_en/post/1918.html
For someone like me who is residing outside Manila, it’s really difficult to apply for a visa directly to the Embassy(one and only Taiwan embassy in Philippines). Well, there are a lot of agencies that can do the hassle work for you but you know in exchange for a hefty amount of money. No thanks.
So let’s get down to it! Last year, Cebu Pacific announced their new regional routes including direct flights from Cebu to Taipei and vice versa. I got excited because I really really really wanna see the ever famous Taipei 101. In fact I really did apply for a Visa exemption for Taiwan as my Japanese Visa was still valid at that time. But you know, it’s just me being rubbish and impulsive. Hahaha. I didn’t push through until I got my friends joined me and booked our flights to Taipei last December 2015 for only P3936/person back & forth including a 15-kilo baggage allowance this coming December, 2016. I know, it’s almost a year in the making. Just imagine the anxiety building up inside us now. HAHA.
So I applied for a Taiwan eVisa online last October 29, 2016 and here’s how I did it…in less than 10 minutes.
First of all, before you apply, please make sure you have a valid(at least 6 months before your arrival in Taiwan) passport and a credit card(could be from your friend or your mom). Read the FAQs here: http://www.boca.gov.tw/content.asp?mp=2&CuItem=7283
Also I did prepare some documents in case they require me to submit them. All in PDF format: NSO, COE, Bank Certificate, Accommodation Voucher from Agoda, scanned copy of passport, BIR 2316.
Kindly read the disclaimer so you’ll know what you are getting into. Then click Confirm & Continue
Step 2. Click eVisa Applications
Step 3. Please read the General Information on eVisa Application. Then click the I have read the above information. Click Here to Continue button.
Step 4. Filling up the form.
I will just mention the critical entries that we wrote. The rest is your own personal info.
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Select Where You Will Be Applying For Your Visa: Asia – Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Philippines
ID No.: We wrote our passport number here.
Father’s Full Name: First Name Middle Name Last Name
Mother’s Full Name: Okay. I know what you’re thinking. But we DID NOT write our Mother’s Maiden name here. Instead we wrote our Mother’s Full Present Name, with our Dad’s last name.
Address and Telephone Number in Taiwan: I booked a temporary(book now pay later) hostel in Agoda just so we’ll have this information. It should be temporary because who knows if your visa will be approved… or denied.
Email: HIGH IMPORTANCE. They will send you the visa on this email address so be sure to write an active one. Then click Next
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We wrote n/a in all the fields under DETAILS OF YOUR CONTACT IN TAIWAN (FAMILY, FRIEND, COMPANY OR SCHOOL) section. Then click Next
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In all honesty, we answered NO to these questions. Then click Next.
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In our case, we answered NO to the 2 questions and the only entry left is Date of Application. Then we click Submit.
Step 5. Please read the Acknowledgment then click I agree.
Step 6. Take note of your Application No. Then click Process eVisa below.
Step 7. Please input your active email address. And as for the E-Code, we left it blank. I don’t really know what the hell is E-Code. Click Next.
Step 8. Confirmation. Please review your information FOR THE LAST TIME before paying. If any misspelled or wrong information is found after you paid, you cannot change it anymore and you must apply again. Click Next
Step 9. Payment page. Fee is NTD 1632 or Php 2577.42 (base on my credit card statement, depends on your bank & forex rate on that day). Click To Pay.
Step 10. It will be redirected to China Trust payment page. Kindly input your credit card details and click To Pay.
Once successful, an automated email notification will be sent to your email address. So what’s next? PRAY. I didn’t though. Hahaha. Because my mind was worried which requirement they’re gonna ask me to submit. What if it’s something I don’t have or worse, something I can’t provide? I am so dead. But it was a long weekend and the embassy was close so there’s no one to process our applications. We had no choice but to chill.
Finally November 2 came, regular work resumes throughout the country. It was around 9 in the morning I checked my phone, slowly scrolling for the notifications. Then I saw an “evisa” subject on one mail. I HAD NO EXPECTATIONS WHATSOEVER. I SWEAR TO GOD. When I opened it, my eyes went wiiiiiide. My visa is approved. AMAZING!!! NO SWEAT!!! JUST LIKE THAT!!! And most of all, I didn’t submit any requirements!
Okay my case maybe different from your case when it’s your turn to apply for the visa, but at least this will serve as your inspiration that applying for a Taiwanese eVisa is not that hard. You can also read my Taiwan Travel Guide here. Furthermore, be sure to guard your heart always because there’s a good chance that you’ll fall in love with Taiwan. ?
Update as of September 2017
AUTOMATIC REPLY – Base on the feedback I receive so far, If you don’t receive the automatic reply email upon applying Taiwan eVisa online or don’t receive any reply at all about your application after a couple of days, DON’T FRET.
*Check your SPAM FOLDER – Perhaps the email is there.
*Check the status of your application directly here: https://visawebapp.boca.gov.tw/BOCA_EVISA/QueryStatus
DATE FORMAT – I have receive a lot of feedback recently about the date format on the e-visa application.They filled out correctly, however on the confirmation page the date format was change. DON’T FRET. That’s fine. As long as the details are correct, you won’t have a problem. For example below:
Filling out of details (correct):
Passport expiry: 2020/12/02
On the confirmation page (YYYY/MM/DD):
Passport expiry: 02/12/20
Thanks to Kara for her feedback. Check her comment below!
UNEMPLOYED – If you are unemployed but can afford to travel to Taiwan, you still have a chance to get a visa. Just be honest with your details. Feedback from one of my readers, Zay:
Hello! Thanks so much for the hope! My mom got an e-visa yesterday. 🙂 Totoo nga na hndi strict ang Taiwan, just be honest and follow the rules. I put N/A on her employer and none as her occupation and she got one! Amazing. We’ll have fun this August. Thank you laagankaayo! :))
There is a possibility that you will be asked to submit supporting / additional documents after applying Taiwan E-Visa online
I never thought of it until one reader sent me an email few days ago. So I highly suggest that you should not be complacent. Kindly prepare some of the common requirements like scanned copy of COE, Bank Certificate, details of accommodation in Taiwan, plane ticket, etc. She was shocked when the embassy sent her an email and ask for additional documents because she didn’t prepare any and her flight was already in 5 freakin’ days since her application. Like OMG!!! She adhere the embassy’s request accordingly and submitted the documents through email together with an explanation letter of her current employment status. And luckily, she was approved!!! Damn, I love Taiwan! ❤️
Read my Top 3 reasons why I fell inlove with Taiwan here.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Taiwan Embassy. The intended audience for this article is Philippine Passport Holders only. The info mentioned above is base solely from my experience and feedback from the readers.