Taiwan Visa Application - Philippine Passport Holders


* NB:  I think this post has reached the maximum comments it can possibly show.  I am sorry if I can no longer reply to your queries but the post itself is self-explanatory.  Most questions, too, have already been answered in the comments section.  Just have the patience to read through it.  On that note, good luck!

LATEST UPDATE FROM THE TECO WEBSITE:


NEWLY ADJUSTED VISA FEES OF 01 JANUARY 2013 



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Item

種類 Type
費用
Application Fee
提辦費
Rush Handling Fee

Text Box: VISA

 

停留簽證【單次】Visitor (Single Entry)
2100
1050
停留簽證【多次】Visitor (Multiple Entry)
4200
2100
居留簽證【單次】Resident (Single Entry)
2800
1400
居留簽證【多次】Resident(Multiple Entry)
5500
2800
相對處理費(僅適用美籍人士)
(Special handling fee for US citizens)
General
(一般事由)
6600
Visitor (Single Entry)  1050
Visitor (Multiple Entry) 2100
Resident(Single Entry) 1400
Resident(Multiple Entry)2800
Investment
(投資事由)
11100







x x x


*  PLEASE NOTE - Effective from 3:00 pm, March 15, 2011, passport holders of the Republic of the Philippines may apply for an authorization certificate online for visa-free entry into the Republic of China (Taiwan).
 
* LATEST UPDATE FROM THE BUREAU OF CONSULAR AFFAIRS TAIWAN'S WEBSITE:

New Practice of ROC Visa Application for Foreign Visitors
Starting from April 9,2012, ROC visa applicants need to first access the website: https://visawebapp.boca.gov.tw, fill out the visa application forms online and then print them out. The completed forms with bar codes and other required documents ought to be submitted to the R O C’s overseas missions which the applicants have selected while filling out their application forms. The offline application forms will no longer be accepted.

 Re:  Visa Application Forms Filled Up Online
http://www.taiwanembassy.org/ct.asp?xItem=264492&ctNode=4712&mp=272


Effective April 01, 2012, all visa applicants (including Philippine Passport Holders) should access the Visa Application Forms from the website https://visawebapp.boca.gov.tw    After filling up the Application Forms online, please print them out, sign on the last page and bring them along with other required documents to our office, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in the Philippines, either personally or through a substitute within 15 days of accomplishing the visa form. Please note that Handwritten Application Forms will not be acceptable after April 01, 2012. 

  
Attention (General Visa Application)         
                                               
In order to avoid delays in processing visa applications, please take note of the following details when completing the Visa Application Form online:
  
Category 1 “APPLICANT’S DETAILS” 
  (a) For the Given Name section, please enter both your First name and Middle name in the box provided. (e.g. Given Name:  Marian Nieves Tria  )
(b) Only English letters are allowed. All special characters (“-”, “.”) and non-English letters (“ñ”) should be omitted.
 (e.g. “M. Jor-El Jr. Señor” must be  M Jor El Jr Senor  ) 

(c) If Surname, Given name, ID No or Email are not applicable, please leave them blank.If Former or Other Name, Chinese Name, Former or Other Nationality are not applicable, please enter  NONE 

(d) If your Occupation, for example “manpower broker”, is not fond on the ready-made list, please choose  other

  (e) The complete “Name and Address of Employer or School” should be provided. 
Category 2 “APPLICANT’S PASSPORT” and “JOURNEY TO TAIWAN 
In filling up the “Date” section, please use the calendar box function instead of manually typing the date. 
Category 3 “DETAILS OF YOUR CONTACT IN TAIWAN 
Enter the name and contact information of the family member, friend, company or school in Taiwan which you are in contact with, or enter  NONE  if not available.

Please double check all information before clicking “Submit”. In case of errors in spelling, please use the mouse to drag the cursor over the wrong letter or word, then press “backspace” to clear that portion. Keyboard “Delete” Function is disable.
 Thank you for your co-operation and welcome to Taiwan.



     My friends and I booked tickets for travel to Taiwan in January of this year, due to my insistence that no visa is required anymore.  I thought that the visa-exemption applies to all Philippine passport holders, but I was so wrong.  To be eligible, a Philippine passport holder must also possess a valid visa or permanent residence certificate issued by U.S.A., Canada, Japan, U.K., Schengen Convention countries, Australia or New Zealand.  However, online registration for the exemption is required via the Advance Online Registration System for the Visitors of Nationals from Five Southeast Asian Countries to Taiwan.* Considering that I am not a holder of any valid visas issued by these first-world countries, I applied for a visa from the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) at the RCBC Tower in Makati City.  And it was such a breeze.

    As of 27 September 2012, here are the requirements for VISITOR and BUSINESS VISA to Taiwan: 

Visitor and Business Visa requirements

     For those who intend to travel to Taiwan, Republic of China for a short visit, shall submit the following: 
1. An online Visa Application Form (please access https://visawebapp.boca.gov.tw to fill up the Form and print them out) 
2. Two (2) passport size photos 1.5”x2 with white background (taken w/in the last three (3) months)
3. Passport valid for at least six months and old passport showing previous travels 
4. Birth Certificate issued by NSO 
5. Marriage Contract (if applicable) issued by NSO 
6. Supporting documents related to the purpose of VISIT such as :
     A. Confirmed round trip Air ticket or Booking Certificate 
     B. Certificate of Employment and Letter of permission to leave from the employer
     C. Financial statements of the applicant such as:
         (1) Income Tax Return
         (2) Bank Book or Bank Statements 
     D. Etc.
          7. Traveling on BUSINESS, you must also submit:
    A. Business letter or trading records from Taiwan Company
     B. Certificate of Business Name Registration and SEC RegistrationIf owner of the company 
    C. Invitation Letter from Taiwan company / organization in Chinese letterhead that outlines clearly purpose of your visit and duration of your stay 
    D. Official letters or request letters from concerned authorities for official trip 
    E. Seminar program 
   F. Certificate of Employment; Professional Identification; Company ID  
   G. Other Supporting Documents if Required such as SSS contribution lists, Pay Slip etc.
8. All documents submitted to this office should be Original and with 1 photocopy
9. The applicant will be scheduled for an interview if required
Visa Fee: P2,400.00 (Single entry)/ P4,800.00 (Multiple entry)
      (NON-REFUNDABLE) payable upon filing of application
Processing Time : 3 Working days  
Expedite Fee for single entry : P1,200.00 / Processing Time: 1 Working Day
Expedite Fee for Multiple entry : P2,400.00 / Processing Time: 1 Working Day
Filing Time : Monday to Friday 8:45AM to 11:45 AM
Releasing Time : Monday to Friday 1: 45PM to 4:45PM
NOTE: THE TECO RESERVES THE RIGHT TO WITHHOLD THE REASON FOR THE DISAPPROVAL OF ANY VISA APPLICATION
   
     See, the list is not so bad, but there are a lot of requirements to be had, and the visa  fee is costly, too.  The visa application for mainland China is only Php 1,400.00; for Taiwan, it's Php 2,400.00.
   
     It must be emphasized that the Taiwan visa must be used within one (1) month from the date of its issuance, valid for fourteen (14) days after one's arrival in Taiwan.  Thus, it would be senseless to apply for a visa months before the intended departure.  It's best to apply at least two (2) weeks before the date of departure to Taiwan.  In my case, I applied one (1) week before my departure this June.  Another thing: I noticed that the date of issuance of my visa is the date I applied for one.  So, those who would be maximizing their fourteen (14)-day stay are cautioned. 
 
     Now, on to the actual visa application part.  Visa application is only entertained in the mornings, from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Mondays to Fridays; the afternoons, from 1:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., are being utilized for the release of the visas.  The TECO is located at the RCBC Tower, on the 41st floor, Tower 1.  I suggest that the applicant should arrive early, around 8:30 a.m., and head to the reception area, first floor, Buendia side.  The TECO receptionists usually arrive at that time, and when they do, sign up for the issuance of a service number; you will be directed to wait at the outdoor smoking  area near the atm machines for the release of the numbers at 8:45 a.m.  By that time, the receptionist would pass around a sheet of paper which would determine the serving sequence, and at the same time, the receptionist would hand out the service numbers to those who have already signed up earlier.  And you'd be directed to pick up your visitor's pass at the same reception area, and presto, you can now go directly to the TECO.  A note of reminder, you must leave your valid government-issued identification card at the reception area, such as driver's license, SSS or GSIS I.D., and voter's I.D., otherwise, you would be denied entrance.
 
     In my case, I did all of the aforementioned, save for waiting at the outdoor area.  It was humid, though it was still early, so I just waited for the receptionist at the entryway of the smoking area, where it's airconditioned.  I was given my number and hey, I  was applicant number 2, and stayed inside the TECO for less than 10 minutes and I was already done.
   
     At the application counter, just hand over your passport, the original copy of the required documents AND a set of its photocopies, including a photocopy of your passport.  If it's complete, the visa processor would return the originals to you, and would keep the photocopies and your passport.  Your name will be called for payment of the visa fee.  A receipt will be issued showing the date and time of release of your passport and visa.  Processing period is three (3)days.  However, if you want an expedited release, come back the following day, pay for the expedited fee of Php 1,200.00 to obtain your passport and visa.  For the release of regularly-processed application, the same tips for application applies, only that the time of release starts at 1:45 p.m. (handing out of the service numbers).  I arrived around 2 p.m. in the afternoon and my number was around the 60's but it only took me less than 45 minutes to secure my visa and my passport.
   


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Asirenspeaks said...

I love this post. It's very detailed. Since my work is home based, I can only present a bank certificate. My employer is in Canada so I am not sure if I need to present a COE. Or I can just ask a COE from one of my friends who has a company.

youknowyouloveme said...

@ Asirenspeaks

Thanks! It's very detailed because I'm hoping that it'll encourage people to just apply by themselves. If you're lacking certain documents, you can always consult with a travel agency.

Good luck!

Asirenspeaks said...

Hi Shuurei! I have all the requirements except (B) Letter of permission to leave from the employer Permission. I filed my 1701 and paid the penalty fee for late filing. My work is home based and my employer does not really care if I'm out of the country traveling. I don't know if they will still demand for that letter.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

@ Asirenspeaks

Personally, I think that if you have other supporting documents for item no. 6 above, such as ITR, bank book, etc., your application will be fine. After all, what is stated is, "Supporting documents related to the purpose of VISIT SUCH AS: xxx," and it does not say that you need ALL of those documents.

Anonymous said...

bakit hanggang ngayon hindi pa rin nakuha visa ko. nag apply ako last august 15 pero hanggang ngayon wala pa rin.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

@ Anonymous

Did you check your receipt? Nandoon nakalagay kung kailan mo dapat i-claim yung visa mo.

Visa processing is only 3 working days and your passport/visa should have been ready nung 18 August pa. Doon mo din malalaman kung approved or denied your application mo.

Better call up TECO to be sure. Baka ready na for pick-up yung sa iyo but hindi mo pa lang pini-pick up.

Queersilver said...

Thanks a lot for posting this. I hope my application will also be a breeze.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

@ Queersilver

You're welcome. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

.hi!.. i went to taiwan last june,it was my first time.my visa was approved,but before that,embassy required my bank cert to be atleast 100k.now im planning to go back this coming december,for a 10day-tour,is it possible for my visa to be approved if i will present a bank cert with less than a 100, lets say 50k?but i have all that documents needed.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

@ Anonymous

I submitted bank certificate and passbook for a lot less than you were required to produce. I think one was for 50k and the other even less than that. I had no problem, though. I applied on my own, BTW.

Did you apply via a travel agency? Sometimes, travel agencies ask more from you just to be sure you won't be denied a visa. Or perhaps you're self-employed thus the requirement for a higher bank savings.

Also, if you're planning for a 10-day tour, see to it that your bank savings could finance your travel plus extra sum in case of emergencies.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for answering my question! yes you`re right,i applied via travel agency.I think its better for me to experience applying personally at teco. Thank you so much!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

@ Anonymous

Personal visa application wouldn't take much of your time; just an hour at most. Make sure that you have all the documents required. In my case, I had everything stated in the "supporting documents," even an approved leave form from my employer.

And since you'll be in Taiwan for 10 days, and your bank certificate shows about Php50k (personally, I think this is a little low as show money for a 10-day trip), you're better off if you submit all those supporting documents - just to be on the safe side.

Good luck to you!

Hedley said...

Hi ask ko lang po Gusto konpo kasi magvisit ng Taiwan para po vacation purpose. And student po kasi ako po yung sa letter about sa emplyment plus dun sa itr? Wala po kasi ako nun kasi di pa po ako nagwowork though I'm of legal age na. Pero with regards to bank statement/passbook I can produce a bank certificate that shows more than 100k... Sa tingin nyo po makakakuha po kaya ako ng visa and meron po bang ibang additional documents na kakailanganin ko po? Thanks!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Are you travelling alone? Or with your friends or parents?

You have to present documents relating to your studies, like your student ID, and probably, a certification that you are currently enrolled at your school. You need to prove that you'll be going back to the Philippines.

Okay ang bank statement in lieu of ITR.

Kung pupunta ka for a concert, better have your concert ticket, present a photocopy at the MECO.

Good luck!

hedley said...

pupunta ako with a friend just for travel.. and yep i'm currently enrolled! i hope i do get a visa kung hindi sayang ticket haha nkaboo na kasi ako before ko mlaman need din pla ng visa i thought parang hk or macau lang thanks

Asian Travel Adventures said...

@ hedley

Based on my experience, as long na complete yung documents, okay na sa kanila.

Good luck! And have fun in Taiwan! ;-)

Anonymous said...

I can only present a bank statement with more than 100k in my account. I don't have an ITR to present. Do I have a chance of getting a Taiwan visa. My U.S. visa expired last October 2011. I'm booked Nov.24-27, 2011. Im married but my husband doesn't have an ITR too.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

@ Anonymous


The requirement states "financial statements such as: xxx." I guess, if you have one (bank statement) and not the other, it's okay. As long as it appears that you can finance your stay in Taiwan, I don't think you will have a problem.

Just present your airline tickets and hotel voucher, if available, to show that you're intending to stay only for the period you stated.

Applying personally had been hassle-free for me. It was really easy, and I hope it will be for you, too.

Good luck and enjoy travelling in Taiwan!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your reply. I'm really worried because the travel agency keep insisting that I produce an ITR or Form 2316 because my Taiwan visa might be denied daw.. but I said I don't have any ITR to produce that only a bank statement to present :) I guess I should show them my family picture to prove that I have a family (4 kids ages 5-13) to return to....BTW, I'll be travelling with my sister. Thanks again. Hopefully, I will be given a visa. I'll update.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

@ Anonymous

Travel agencies usually demand every and all requirements, even if redundant, to ensure that your visa won't be denied. If you have a business, you may want to present your business permit just to show that you really have ties here.

We used a travel agency when we applied for a China visa, and my friend did not have an ITR and is self-employed. She was given a visa, but only for the duration of our return-trip tickets (around 6 to 7 days); her visa was to expire the day we go back to the Philippines. She has a multiple-entry US visa, mind you. And my friend whose application was processed with her (she had all the requirements), got a similar fate.

On the other hand, since I had all of the requirements, I was given a 30-day visa, which I believe is the maximum, and I have no visa from developed countries like the US.

Anyway, I don't know anyone who has been denied a Taiwan visa; even on the PEX forums on the Taiwan travel thread, no one has been denied a visa, as far as I know.

Again, good luck to you!

Anonymous said...

Submitted today all my requirements to my travel agent without an ITR. Hope everything will turn out fine :)

Anonymous said...

got my Taiwan visa :) i will be living this Thursday...

Asian Travel Adventures said...

@ Anonymous

That's great! Congratulations! I hope you enjoy Taiwan as much as I did.

I hope you'd drop by again to tell something about your trip, at least whether you had fun, or not.

Have a safe trip! And don't forget to eat those Taiwanese sausages!

Anonymous said...

hi..i`m a filipino citizen planning a tour in taiwan..just want to ask..if i will be applying for a taiwan visa..is it possble to approve my visa if my bank statement have only P70k..and my stay is 7days.but i have all the documents needed..?

Asian Travel Adventures said...

@ Anonymous

I think 70k is okay for a 7-day trip, especially if your documents are complete.

Good luck and have fun in Taiwan!

Anonymous said...

Hi, i just want to ask if kailangan ba separate r'ments kami ng husband ko sa pagapply ng visa like ung mga supporting documents? since we will be travelling together or pwede nang pagisahin, and also, pano kung wala na kaming gov't. ID's na mapapakita since dito na kami sa abroad nakabased, what other options kaya...TIA:)

Asian Travel Adventures said...

@Anonymous

I'm not really sure sa requirements pag married couple but you need to have at least a govt issued ID sa country na tinitirahan mo. No govt issued ID sa MECO no entry. Kung lulusot ka, pahirapan naman.

Anonymous said...

Hi I need your advice. I plan on going to Taiwan by July. My only concern is that my bank account doesn't have a substantial amount as I've only started working a couple of months (by July I've worked for 10 months) but the thing is my dad would finance the trip however he wouldn't accompany me as I plan on going there alone. Would my visa application be approved? Thanks!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

@ Anonymous

Happy New Year!

If I remember correctly, I just had some PHP 20,000 in my bank account in one of my applications for a Taiwan tourist visa. If you have any doubts, you can just make a fund transfer to your account only for the purpose of getting a bank certificate with a higher amount, then after you get your visa, just return the money to your dad. Anyway, MECO isn't concerned about the flow of money in your bank. As long as there is money sufficient to cover your trip in Taiwan in your account, and your documents are complete, I see no reason why your application could be denied.

Don't worry, July is still a long way to go and you could save some more money to add to your account. Anyway, you may file your application not more than a month before your date of departure (the visa must be used within one (1) month from the date of its issuance), so the earliest you may file will be in June. I applied mine a few days before my departure and still got my visa just in time. So, good luck!

peachroad said...

You are awesome! I want to go to the Radiohead concert on July 25 this year and I'm already planning my trip! Everything I need to know is here.
Thank you! Cheers from Cagayan de Oro.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

@ peachroad

Thanks a lot! I'm glad to help fellow travellers. Good luck and have fun in Taiwan.

Anonymous said...

Hi!

Your posts are very helpful especially for first timers in Taiwan, like me. Me and my friend have booked a flight to Taiwan in April without knowing that a visa is needed since we have just availed a promo. Now, we will be applying for visa. And just like the others, i am worried that my visa application will be denied. We will just be staying in Taipei for 2 days and 3 days. I have already my ITR, round trip ticket, Employment Certificate (but not stating a leave since I wont be making one) and passport. I already went to USA for a month last four years ago for a seminar and Malaysia for a week last year. The only document I lack is the Bank Certificate. Do I really need to have it?Because I don't have enough money in my bank account. I read your suggestion of doing a fund transfer. how long is the processing of the certificate? Can I just borrow a certain amount and deposit it in my account and after getting the certificate, ill return the money?

I am also worried that instead of having a budget flight,we will be ending up with an expensive one relative to other countries. Can you recommend a budget hotel in taipei good for two? thanks a lot. hoping for your reply soon.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Sorry for the late reply. I went on a holiday abroad this weekend.

Processing for bank certificates depends on your bank. Usually, it's within 2 to 3 days. When you make a fund transfer, you must not withdraw the funds until you obtain your visa.

There are a number of very good hostels in Taiwan, including Star Hostel. You may want to check out the Taiwan travel thread over at PinoyExchange.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi! This is very helpful as I will be going to Taiwan next month. Thankfully, you've mentioned that visa is valid within 1 month of issuance. I'm going there March 16- 21 and my mom has been bugging me to apply since January.

Do they check your bank account? So we should ensure that the amount on bank transfer should still be intact by the time we apply for visa?

Is the letter of permission to leave from employer really necessary? My current employer is currently lose in terms of leaves on employees- we do not necessarily file for a leave rather we just inform our manager.

Thank you! :)

Asian Travel Adventures said...

The visa is only valid for one month from date of its issuance so it'll do you no good to apply three months before your flight.

I wouldn't know if they check the bank account. However, when I applied for a Chinese visa (not Taiwanese, okay), the travel agent asked me not to withdraw my money while my visa is still pending approval.

As to the permission to travel, it is one of the requirements. I think it is required not only because they want to make sure you have permission to travel (government workers needs a travel authority),but also to make sure you have a work to return to, that is, you'll not go to Taiwan to find a new employment.

Anyway, what it says in the MECO website is that "Supporting documents related to the purpose of VISIT such as: xxx" but it doesn't state in the list of requirements that ALL of those requirements must be submitted.

So, it'll be up to you if you want to submit all the supporting documents listed. In my case, I submitted ALL those supporting documents. If you are not sure, you may want to consult with a travel agency, or better yet, call up the MECO office.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Can someone pick up your visa and passport for you? My problem is am assigned in the province and can not wait for the release of the visa/passport (3 day waiting period)or should i just have it expedited?

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Yes, I think so. You may need to have an authorization letter. You may also have it processed through a travel agency if you want.

You have to pay Php 1,200 more for an expedited processing but you'll get the next working day.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

hello, Me,my kids & the father of the kids are planning to visit taiwan for 4 days holiday only. i have no job as i am a house wife w/ 4 kids and not legally married w/ the father of my kids who is a singapore nationality but we live together. My bank acct has only less than 50K. Please advise me what to do. thank you

Asian Travel Adventures said...

As a Singapore national, your partner is visa-exempt. But I think, although I am not sure about it, he has to submit his financial documents as stated since he'll be paying for your family trip in support of you and your children's application. It'll be better if you could consult with a travel agent. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi, i just wanna know if is it alright to directly apply at the TECO in Makati or is it better to apply through an agent? my most recent travels are Korea and TOkyo Japan.

Anonymous said...

hi, i have a sister working in taiwan,(3 years contract) i planned to go for a tour and at the time visit my sister, thus this will affect or help me in applying for a tourist visa for 3 to 4 days since i have all the requirements needed for visa appliction, can i also bring with me my niece of legal age but do not enough money to finance herself, but i am willing to finance her for i want to have a companion. glad to hear from you soon of any advise. thanks a lot

Asian Travel Adventures said...

It depends on you. If you have time to spare going to the TECO by yourself, you may do so, otherwise, travel agency na lang. Of course, kapag travel agency, may bayad for the service (if I'm not mistaken, it's about Php 1,500, more or less).

If you have an existing valid Japan visa, check mo baka pwede ka ng online application. This the link: https://nas.immigration.gov.tw/nase/ctlr?PRO=PRO_Task12Application

Hindi naman mahigpit ang TECO sa visa. As long as nakapag-submit ka ng requirements, okay naman na. I have not heard of anyone na na-deny sa PinoyExchange Taiwan travel thread.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

I think you will have to produce financial documents which show that you can pay for you and your niece's travel to Taiwan. I guess, it is not much different from spouses applying for a visa for a trip they'll undertake together. You may want to call the TECO office to be sure, or consult with a travel agent.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi!
Is it okay to request for COE and Letter of permission to leave from the employer as early as March even if our trip will be in May of this year?

Asian Travel Adventures said...

I don't see any reason why not. However, the actual filing of visa application should be done one (1) month at the latest before the date of your departure. The visa has a lifespan of only 1 month from the date of approval.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Thanks... We'll apply for visa two weeks before our flight, would that be fine?

Anonymous said...

Hi I have all the requirements for taiwan tourist visa but my problem is i have only 14k in my bank statement my mom will finance my travel naman, coz shes working in taiwan, do you think my visa will be deny, thanks..

Anonymous said...

Would it be okay to apply for visa two weeks before the departure date? For the passbook or bank certificate, would p50,000 balance be enough for a 7 day stay in Taiwan?

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi! how long can we reapply for a visa?my husband has been denied entry. can we ask assistance from travel agencies instead?he already has his plane ticket.we were informed late that we will still be needing entry permit..tnx

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Hi!

I think it is best to consult with a travel agent. You may have to present your mother's financial statements if she's going to finance your trip.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Yes, two weeks before the departure date is fine.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Yes, you may do so two weeks before your departure. I even know someone who applied for a visa two days before their flight, expedited. They got it a day before their flight.

Php 50,000 is good enough, I guess. Anyway, I know someone who didn't present a bank certificate, but submitted an employment certificate stating how much he earns in a month/year instead. The application was approved.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

I honestly don't know. You may want to consult with a travel agent. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

hi, do you know if it's okay to let somebody ( a family member instead of a travel agent)represent and submit the requirements on our behalf and maybe pick up our passports with visas when it's ready?

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Yes, it's okay to have someone else file your application and claim your passport/visa. Anyway, there is no need for personal appearance unless they decide they need to interview you in person (I've seen a couple of people waiting to be interviewed; usually, OFWs).

We recently applied a visa for and on behalf of someone else. Just make sure you have an authorization letter for filing the application and for claiming the passport/visa, just in case they ask you for it.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi!i worked in taiwan for 6 years, 4 years na ko dito sa pinas no permanent work i have my bank account i think okay ang flow ng money, gusto ng boss ko dati na bisitahin ko sila panu kaya gagawin ko baka madeny lang ako sayang ang plane tiket kahit sagot nila.. HELPPP last year pa ko kinukulit medyo matatanda na kasi kaso malakas pa kaya di pa sila pwede kuha ng caregiver ang alaga ko dati yung nanay nila

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Kailangan mo lang naman kasi na patunayan na babalik ka sa Pinas, but to be sure, I think you should consult with a travel agency. Or, you may want to try asking questions sa TECO mismo.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I am an international exchange participant and I will be going to Taiwan for 6 weeks starting this April 16. Does the process for application for visa you stated above also apply in my case? kasi good for 14days lang yun di ba, paano kung 6 weeks?

Anonymous said...

hi everyone,i just like to ask because right now i am working in singapore and this coming july i am planning to visit my girlfriend in taiwan kelangan ko pa rin ba ng visa at anong klaseng visa ang kelangan ko at saan ako dapat kumuha noon dito sa singapore?maraming salamat

Asian Travel Adventures said...

If you're a Filipino citizen, you still need a visa. If you're already a Singapore national, you're visa exempt (permitted to stay up to 30 days).

If you're a Filipino, you just need to apply for a tourist visa. There's a new procedure for application starting 09 April 2012 as per the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. The application form must be filled-up online and printed before submitting it to their consular offices overseas.

You may check it out here: http://www.boca.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=5691&ctNode=811&mp=2

Anonymous said...

I am going to Taiwan this May 15, 2012 as a tourst and to viit my BF who is a taiwanese citizen.. I was wondering if i could get the vis with my bank statement ofjust 130k plus only..Wil that be enough? As you mentoned here thy only allow a 14-day stay? is that true? cuz i hve my plane ticket already May15-31,2012.. thats around 17days already...I have all the requirements they need except for the letter ofleave of absence cuz i not gonna be making one too(though I have the employment certificate forthe visa application)...Aside from that, I do have a letter o invitaion from my BF and photocopies of his ID,and Passport.. Do you think i could be granted? I am so sad these days...cuz i afraid of the outcome...

This site is very useful to us.. thanks .. Hope to get some advice=(

Anonymous said...

And I am a Filipino citizen..

Asian Travel Adventures said...

If I'm not mistaken, visa for Philippine passport holders is good for 14 days; 30 days if you qualify for the visa-exemption.

You may want to consult with the TECO or a travel agent to be sure. Also, there's a new procedure for visa application. Refer to the updates above.

Good luck!

paper said...

Hello. I'll be visiting Taiwan on October 24, 2012 ETA 12AM with a trip to Korea after a few hours. Do you think it is advisable that I'll get a Taiwan visa if my lay over time is 17 hours total and upon returning from Korean another 17 hours? Because I was told that even if you land on Taiwan as long as you don't have a visa, your passport will not be stamped. I was hoping I could get one since the stamps are important for me to apply for a working visa at European countries. So what can you suggest? Thank you and god bless.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

If you opt for a visa, you'll have to apply and pay for it. Taiwan has free half-day tours for transients just check out their website. But if you're planning to enter Taiwan during both stopovers, you'll probably need the multiple entry visa since the regular visa is for single-entry only.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

yeay,... got my visa already=) instead of 17 days i rebooked it and channd to 12 days=) it was just fast although i was really nervous. thanks to this blog=)

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Glad to be of help! Enjoy your vacation with your bf! I wish I could go back to Taiwan, too!

Anonymous said...

Hi ask ko lang, gusto ko kasi mag apply ng visa going to taiwan, invite lng kse ako ng tita ko to go with them pero canadian citizens sila so hindi nila kailangan mag apply ng visa, ako lang ang may philippine passport.
Ang problem ko i am unemployed, but i have 100k in my bank account and a roundtrip plane ticket, may chance po kaya ako mabigyan ng visa???

Last time nag apply ako ng Chinese visa (mainland) nahirapan ako mag apply ng visa kse dahil unemployed daw ako, pero nabigyan ako ng visa for 7 days pero i'm applying for 14days...oh well umalis parin ako kahit 7 days lang ang naibigay sakin. maraming salamat!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

I think kailangan i-prove mo you'll be returning here. I-present mo din hotel and tour vouchers mo, if any, para makatulong.

Mas mahirap mag-apply ng China visa kasi mas mahigpit sila sa requirements, and you're lucky kahit 7 days lang. My friends got 7 days or even less (approved only for the entire duration of the trip) and they're both employed pa with loads of cash in the bank. So, swertehan din naman, and since hindi naman ganun ka-OC ang Taiwan sa visa, may chance ka pa rin talaga. And, as I've said, wala pa ako na-encounter na na-deny ng Taiwan visa.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi.. I really love your blog about your travel adventure in Taiwan. I'm planning to visit the country soon. I want to go to Sun moon lake and Beitou and Taipei City itself. I just want to ask how much pocket money do i need to bring for a 7 to 10 days trip to Taiwan? Do you have an idea about the price range of food in Taiwan? just an average meal? and where is the best area and cheap place to stay? because I have searched for different hotels (3 star) in Taiwan via Agoda and Booking.com and the price are a little bit high. Can you recommend any hotel that is quite cheaper than the others? Thank you very much for your help. God Bless.. :)

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Thank you so much! It makes me happy to know that people appreciate what I do. ;-)

As for budget, it depends. I only stayed for 3 nights in Taiwan, but I had with me at least Php 30,000 in cash and my credit card, just to be safe. I didn't use all of it, though. Food is great; street foods are cheap, restaurants, cafes, etc., are usually more expensive. Some require minimum dine-in amount per person, like Hello Kitty Sweets (TWD 300 if I remember correctly). But it's all worth it since food is really fantastic.

Best area to stay will be somewhere near the Taipei Main Station, if you're going to use the MRT, or Ximending since there are a lot of people there, food to eat and stores to buy stuff. As long as the hotel is near an MRT not too far from the Main Station, you'll be okay.

As for accommodations, I stayed at Hotel Delight my first time, and Star Hostel my 2nd time. Star Hostel is cheaper and they have private ensuite rooms. I have reviewed both places on my blog.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. It really helped me a lot to plan my Taiwan trip. Your blog is very inspiring specially to those who love to travel. Just keep posting, I'm sure a lot of travelers enjoy reading your post. God bless and Thank you.. :)

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Your kind words are touching. Thanks a lot! Although I am so lazy making my updates, I'm happy that there are people who read my blog. I'm even more happy to know that I've somehow helped my fellow travelers.

Again, thanks!

lorie said...

hi po, magaaply po sana ako ng visa this thursday but the problem is wala po akong bank statement, ITR lang po yung nasa akin..edi deny po ba nila ang application ko?at magkano po ba talaga ang kailangang pera sa banko para ma approve ang application?

sana po masagot ninyo..salamat

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Ang nakalagay naman na requirements ay:

"Financial statements of the applicant such as:
1) Income Tax Return
2) Bank Book or Bank Statements"

I think, kung meron ka ng kahit isa, okay na yun. Para sure, mag-inquire ka sa TECO. As for the amount sa bank account, na-approve naman ako na Php 20,000.00 ang pera sa bank, although in my case, may ITR ako at bank certificate/bank book.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

hi po...may plan po kasi kami na punta ng taiwan ksama ng baby ko..may pr card ako ng canada..manggaling pero ako ng pilipinas papuntang taiwan kc nsa pinas pa baby ko...sa palagay mu ok n bng d n ako hihingi ng invitation sa papa ng baby ko?..3 years old plang yung anak namin, plagay mu kailngn pa tlga naming pmunta sa teco pra i-apply cya ng visa?..pwede nmng d na kailangan yung presence ng baby ko skaling punta kmi ng teco kc kakaawa nmn n dalhin cya?..

thank you so much...

Anonymous said...

Hi, good morning. question lng po. (i think this question is not really related pero it would also help me with one of the requirements to get a VISA)

how much does a roundtrip ticket to Taiwan usually costs?

i'm planning to visit Taiwan this August (would be my first time) and i'm trying to prepare for it kaya i'm gathering all the info that i need.

thanks =)

Asian Travel Adventures said...

I am sorry, but hindi ko alam ibig sabihin ng PR Card. Is it a permanent resident card? Kung oo, you only need to apply online for visa exemption. Not sure about your child, though. Kung wala siya PR card like yours, and Filipino citizen sya, kailangan mo siya i-apply ng visa. You can apply for a visa through a travel agency naman, or through your authorized representative and you don't need to bring your kid while applying. Also, may bago procedure before applying for a Taiwan visa: pre-application online.

Wala naman mawawala kung may invitation letter ka, so might as well have it ready.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Tickets via Cebu Pacific, regular fare is around Php 8000. Kapag sale, usually less than Php 5000, round trip. And naka-sale ang Taiwan flights ng Cebu Pacific right now for August.

Sa PAL, it's around USD 250; kapag sale around USD 200 round trip.

It's more expensive sa Cathay and EVA Air.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi! My visa application got denied. :'( I was applying for tourist visa with the purpose of study. The interviewer said I have to know how to speak Mandarin already before I go there which is weird because that's why I'm going there, to study Mandarin Chinese. Do you know how many months do I need to wait in order to be eligible to apply again? thank you!! :)

Anonymous said...

I just came from taiwan.. had fun with my BF=) thank yo so much for this site.. though i am suffering from sepration anxiety nnaman..but, i will go there again next month to be with my BF again.. Thank you so so much to this site.. This blog is very much helpful talaga..God bless to us=) Thank you po again!!!=)

Anonymous said...

Hi, nag apply ako last May 25 ng Visa for Taiwan, grabe ang Higpi ng Window 5 (Nancy Chua ang name) first, hndi nya inallow ung picture ko na print out lang sa photo paper and ordinary colored printer..hehe.. malabo daw.. and then kaya pa ng time kya bumalik ulet ako pra ipakita new picture ko, hndi na namn nya tinanggap kc wla ako bank statement.. so no choice kya bumalik ako knina.. luckily ok namn requirements ko kya alng kinabahn ako sa sinabi nung girl sa window 2 "Tingnan daw paglabas ng Result kung approved" is it because of my Php2,000 remaining balance sa account ko? but i submit namn may COE with detailed salary/incentive... ilang percent kya ang chance na ma approve since its a group trip naman.

Thank you.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

I am so sorry to hear that. You're actually the first one I heard of whose application for visa got denied.

Have you already applied for a Mandarin course in Taiwan and have you been accepted to any school? If not, maybe that is the reason why your application was disapproved. Also, it says on the BOCA website that visitor visas for purposes of short-term study shall not extend to 6 months. How long were you intending to stay?

How about applying for a scholarship for Mandarin language studies from the Taiwan government first? For sure, if you pass the scholarship program, you'll be able to go to Taiwan and study there. If I'm not mistaken, it's a one-year program.

And, there is a separate procedure for visa application if you intend to stay longer in Taiwan to study Mandarin, probably for more than 6 months. You also need to apply for a resident visa, and the procedures are outlined here:

http://www.boca.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=2094&ctNode=778&mp=2

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

That is good to hear! I'm glad my blog has somehow helped you but I am more glad to know that you enjoyed your stay in Taiwan with your bf.

Good luck to your trip next month! Now, I'm beginning to miss Taiwan, too! I'll try to return by December or January next year (so it'll be cold).

Again, have fun in Taiwan!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

The staff makes the preliminary assessment whether you've substantially complied with the requirements. Ang maganda, pagbigay ng documents sa kanila and kapag feeling nila tagilid ka, they'll ask you agad for other supporting documents you have na nandoon sa list, and if they feel sobra-sobra naman yung requirements mo, they'll return to you yung iba right away.

As for the picture, bawal talaga yung printed ones. Kailangan talaga malinaw, pang-studio printing kasi they'll upload the picture sa computer and print it on the visa-sticker. Kapag malabnaw ang printing, hindi halos makikita yung mukha kapag prinint. I know because I submitted a cheap reprint of my photos before at ang pangit ng printing ng picture ko sa visa. Mukha akong multo.

Also, in fairness, mababait sila. Hindi din nila tinanggap yung reprint ng photo ng boss ko, Wednesday noon, eh kinabukasan, kailangan na yung visa kasi paalis na din boss ko Friday morning. Hinintay nila yung picture kahit tapos na yung oras for application. So, nakukuha din naman sila sa maayos na pakiusapan.

Hopefully, okay yung visa mo, although nakakakaba nga kasi sinabihan ko to check kung approved or denied. But, naka group tour ka naman, eh, so, mas malaki chance mo na ma-approve. Let's cross our fingers!

Good luck! And, balitaan mo ko ng developments!

Anonymous said...

Hi, we are planning to go to Taiwan this December, We are a group of 6 and we are all friends. I just want to ask if how can we apply for a visa? is it individually or by group? and papano po pala yung booikng sa airline? isa-isa rin po ba or pwede ng by group? thank you so much po for ansewring my question. Godbless.. :)

Anonymous said...

Do they require original copy of ITR? Also, for the bank statement/certificate does it have to be current? or can it show transactions for the 1st quarter of the year as this is the only period that can be printed out in my BPI online account.

Thanks! Appreciate your reply.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Pwede naman na isa lang mag-file for all of you sa TECO, but you need to fill-up individually the online application form as stated in this post (https://visawebapp.boca.gov.tw/BOCA_MRVWeb/subroot/MRVWeb0_form.jsp), then, you have to submit it together with the requirements, either personally or through a substitute within 15 days from accomplishing the visa form. Just have an SPA or authorization letter ready kung isa lang mag-fifile ng application ninyo sa TECO.

Airline booking naman, pwede isang ticket lang kayo or isa-isa ang bili ninyo.

To be sure, you can always call TECO. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi , im planning to get a taiwan visa. Pwede po ba plane ticket lng roundtrip without tour packages

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Yes, okay lang po round trip tickets. Hindi naman requirement mag-present ng voucher ng tour package. If in case you availed of tour packages, by all means pwede mo i-submit sa TECO yung vouchers as supporting documents.

Good luck on your application!

SAM said...

hi, thanks so much for your blog..it is so much of help. be going with my wife to Taipei this 3rd week of July and it is only your blog where we are completely informed of the procedures and tips of the visa application as well as the new procedure..thanks so much..keep on, God bless, and may your tribe increase...SAM

Anonymous said...

hi..uhm ask ko lng abt sa financial statements..kasi i started working nung nov lng then ung itr ko n nreceived last dec is 3k lng ata..and for the bank statements kelngan b n 6mos history or basta may enough money to support the travel on that specific time lng na nag apply ng visa?but i can submit all the other reqts..can i just submit a payroll instead?thanks

Anonymous said...

OFW po ako sa Saudi Arabia and I will have a business trip in Taiwan. My visa has been issued here in Jeddah at pang 4 times ko na po itong pag travel sa Taiwan. Uuwi muna po ako ng Pinas for a holiday and will go to Taipei on August 28 to 30.

Ang concern ko po ay gusto kong isama ang kaibigan ko sa aking trip sa Taiwan but he is unemployed at hindi rin nag aaral o nakatapos sa pag aaral but he has a passport and can present bank statement with substantial balance. Likewise, the owner of the company that I'm going to meet can issue a tourist invitation and guarantee letter for him. Confirmed round trip ticket and hotel reservation will be made available. Sa palagay nyo po ba ay sufficient na ang mga nabanggit kong requirements for my friend to secure the visa?

Maaari din po bang ipaayos ito sa travel agency without the personal appearance of the applicant?

Marami pong salamat.

Liza said...

hi! you were of such great help to me. i was able to get our visa yesterday. me, my mom and my aunt will be leaving for a 9-days vacation in taiwan on july 6. through your blog, i was able to complete all the necessary documents needed for the visa application as well as the procedures in applying. Thank you so much!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Hindi naman kailangan ng history sa bank account. You can submit a bank certificate instead to show that you have enough money to support your travel. I think okay naman siguro ang payroll, or better yet, just ask for a certificate of compensation/salary from your employer.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

I think okay naman na; mahalaga na i-prove na may capacity kayo na suportahan yung trip ninyo, and of course, na babalik talaga yung friend mo sa Pinas after your trip.

Yes, pwede ninyo ipaayos sa travel agency ng walang personal appearance. In fact, based on my experience, pwede kahit hindi travel agent mag-apply for you, as long as may letter or authority or special power of attorney to represent yung friend mo in applying.

Please be reminded na may bagong procedure for application ng visa. An online form must be filled up first, and upon accomplishing the same, the application form must be filed sa TECO within 15 days.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Thanks a lot! It really makes my day when somebody takes the time to tell me that I've helped them through this blog somehow.

And, inggit naman ako! Nine days in Taiwan! Wow! I wish I could make a trip by the end of the year din.

Anyway, enjoy your trip, and I assure you, Taiwan will be a great gastronomic experience din, apart from all the other fun things Taiwan has to offer.

Good luck and have fun in Taiwan!

Charm Mallari said...

hello i want to ask lang if pwede bank statement lang ang i present ko kasi kaka Graduate ko lang nung February and I don't have work pa. sa October pa namin balak pumunta ng friend ko so hindi ko alam kung kelan ba ako dapat mag apply ng visa sa sept. pa ba? and I'm just worried baka hindi ako mabigyan , hehe! thanks! :] hoping for your reply! :]

Kris said...

Hi. Ask ko lang po magkano po yung magagastos kapag 1week na trip sa Taiwan including plane ticket? And magkano po yung dapat na laman ng bank account para sure na hindi maddeny? Thank you po in advance :)

Anonymous said...

Hi! Good morning. I was planning on going to Taiwan from 8/7 til 8/13 (August) and I just want to know if ok ba yung mga requirements for the "supporting documents" na ipapasa ko. I can only show a bank cert with around 100k on it, and the plane tickets. Is that sufficient?

Anonymous said...

hi thanks for answering my question abt the financial statements..i just got my ticket last night for sept for 7 days..planning to apply for visa 3rd wk of august..kinda nervous that i might be denied..but as early as now i'm preparing all the requirements..will let you know once i get it :) fingers crossed..

Anonymous said...

Hi! We're planning to spend our Xmas break in Taiwan, covering a 7-day vacation. Is it ok na wala pa kaming nabobook na hotel/inn dun? Plano kc nmin na dun nlng kami maghanap upon arrival....Thanks!

Unknown said...

hi! my dad lives in zamboanga. is it okay to mail the application? thanks!

Anonymous said...

HI! I'M A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS SINCE IT IS OUR FIRST TIME TO APPLY FOR VISA. WE (me,my husband and 3 kids)ARE PLANNING TO VISIT MY SISTER'S FAMILY IN TAIWAN THIS OCTOBER, MY PROBLEM IS HOW TO HAVE ROUND TRIP AIR TICKET OR BOOKING CERT. IN OUR PREV TRAVEL I ONLY BOOKED THRU ONLINE...PLS HELP.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

So sorry for the late reply. I've been swamped with work this past 2 months.

Anyway, okay po ang bank statement. You may apply for a visa, at the earliest, one month before your date of departure. Kung October ang flight ninyo, September, okay na.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

As to how much ang magagastos mo, that I cannot answer. Round trip ticket to Taiwan via Cebu Pacific, sale tickets, is about Php 4,000. Sa PAL, mas mahal, around Php 8000.

May mga hotels na mahal sa Taiwan, may mid-range at may mga hostels for the budget conscious.

Wala naman threshold amount para sa bank account. I got approved before even if I only had Php 20k sa bank. As long as kayang isupport ng bank account mo yung trip ninyo, I think, it'll be okay.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

I think so. Kasi ang nakalagay naman na requirement is "supporting documents such as: xxx." Hindi naman sinabi na lahat ng supporting documents kailangan ipasa.

To be sure, you may want to call up the TECO.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hello. I find your blog very helpful. Me and my friends are going to Taiwan this September 15 - September 20. We already have round trip tickets. We will be staying at a friend's house (who is a Taiwanese and will be travelling with us from the Philippines). One of our concerns is that we are living in Cebu. Can we mail our documents to the embassy instead? Or do we really need to go to the embassy and process it personally? Another thing, two of my friends have only 30k in their bank accounts? would that be enough? Can we ask a friend to provide them with affidavit of support? Can one person support two persons? Lastly, we have another friend who is a Resident in the USA (a green card holder), what does he need to do? Hoping you can help us. We've been to different travel agencies and they don't give us precise answers to our questions. Moreover, they do charge a huge amount of money for service fee alone. This is why we opt to do the process ourselves. Please do enlighten us. Thank you in advance.

Anonymous said...

Queztion lang, in some websites nakalagay you need to submit a letter of purpose (dun sa trip) and yung ibang website wala namang ganun. Dito sa blog mo, wala rin nakasulat about that. I already applied for the Visa and hindi ako nakapagsama nang letter of purpose. Malalaman ko na bukas kung approved ba or denied yung Visa application ko...

How about you, nagpasa ka ba nang letter?

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Yup, it's okay to just look for a hotel once you're in Taiwan na. Hindi naman requirement yung sa hotel for visa approval. However, hotels are a little expensive in Taiwan; moreso if walk-in lang, as with most hotels.

There may be smaller hotels (1 or 2 stars) and family-run inns na pwedeng magbigay ng discount, walk-in accommodation, if you can haggle well enough. Also, take note na if Christmas break, baka mahirapan kayong mag-book kung walk-in.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

To clarify, your father can send in his application online via the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM system: https://visawebapp.boca.gov.tw/

However, a PRINTED COPY of the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM and the required mandatory and supporting documents MUST be filed with the TECO either PERSONALLY or through a SUBSTITUTE within 15 days of accomplishing the visa form.

If your dad can't file the printed form and documents personally, he may ask someone in Manila to do it for him, like an agent or a relative. Better have an SPA or authorization ready.

Hope this helps.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Just print out your booking confirmation. Even if you booked online, the airline will send you a copy of your booking confirmation details, usually, by email.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

No, you cannot mail your documents.

As stated above, a PRINTED COPY of the online application form and the required DOCUMENTS must be filed with the TECO either PERSONALLY or through a SUBSTITUTE within 15 days of accomplishing the visa form.

If you can't file the printed form and documents personally, you may ask someone in Manila to do it for you, like an travel agent or a relative; even a friend will do. Better have an SPA or authorization ready.

I think 30k is okay; I had 20k once in my bank account and I got approved. Your friends must be able to show they have the intention to return here. So, if they feel their bank account is low, they may file the supporting documents, such as ITR, letter of permission to leave from work, etc.

I can't correctly answer regarding your friend with the green card without knowing his nationality. Is he a Filipino citizen? If he is Filipino and a permanent resident of the US, and he has never been employed in Taiwan as blue-collar worker, he is eligible for the visa exemption program, which permits a duration of stay up to 30 days.

He may apply for the “Advance Online Registration System for the Visitors of Nationals from Five Southeast Asian Countries to Taiwan” of the R.O.C. National Immigration Agency (website: https://nas.immigration.gov.tw/nase) for an "Authorization Certificate" before coming to Taiwan. After completion, the printed-out Certificate can be used by the foreign visitor for boarding the airplane and the immigration inspection. During the immigration inspection, foreign visitors who can not show a valid visa or permanent resident certificate issued by one of the aforementioned countries will not be admitted into the R.O.C. (In case a single-entry visa issued by any of the said countries has already been used, it is invalid.)

This information can be found here: http://www.boca.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=1443&ctNode=779&mp=2

And, you should check out the BOCA of Taiwan to be sure [check it here - http://www.boca.gov.tw/np.asp?ctNode=776&mp=2]; or call up the TECO in Manila.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

If I'm not mistaken, the letter of purpose is required if you're going to Taiwan for business reasons, and nakalagay yan somewhere sa visa requirements at the top of this page:

"7.xxx

(C) Invitation Letter from Taiwan company / organization in Chinese letterhead that outlines clearly purpose of your visit and duration of your stay"

If you only intend to go there for leisure (visitor), no need for a letter of purpose.

As for me, hindi ako nagpasa nung letter of purpose kasi purely leisure lang naman ang reason ko for going there and not for business.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

thanks for all the information sa website na 'to, and it's really helpful. just that, unfortunately, my Visa got denied yesterday. it's just a tourist visa and d ako nagpasa ng letter of purpose. at the date and time of releasing, they told me that i'll need to be interviewed before ko malaman ung decision. after that, na move ung release date nang Monday (friday nung na interview ako), and problem is Monday na rin ung flight ko. wala naman akong magagawa so naghintay ako, nag pack ng mga gamit, planned on going straight to the airport after ma release ang Visa on the same day. i got the result 6hrs before my flight, and i was really shocked and sad about their decision.

even if i told them that i already have the tickets, the hotel room was already reserved, and that i really worked hard so that i can go there and meet my friend... they didn't buy that "reason/purpose". they still denied it.

Anne said...

Hi! Another nervous person applying for a Taiwan tourist visa. My question is more regarding to the financial statements and work related documents.

I've only been working for my company for 6 months (7 by the time of my trip) and I'm not sure if I can file for the ITR or if I can get it before I file the visa for my trip. According to some sites, I need either$3000 or $150/trip day (my trip is for 9 days so $1350), but I highly doubt I can produce that for my bank statement either.

The thing is, my ticket has already been paid for by a good friend and she will most likely be providing for everything when I get there, but I'm still nervous that they might not let my application slide through. The trip is from Sept. 21st to Oct. 1st, so do you have any suggestions on how I can make the application process a bit easier? Like, what requirements are the most essential, how much is the smallest amount I need to have, etc?

Thank you so much!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

That's too bad. :-(

Anyway, you'll never know why you got denied kasi they will not tell you eh. At any rate, I don't think sa letter of purpose yun kasi hindi naman kailangan yun kung tourist visa lang. And, usually, ang nire-require nila ng personal appearance, if I remember correctly, ha, yung mga 18 up to 21-23. College-age at bagong graduates, or yung dating OFW sa Taiwan.

You must show na you will have the intention to return to the Philippines.In fairness, ha, maraming taga-Pinoy Exchange na aaprove ang visa kahit aatend lang sila ng concert.

And, as I've told you, twice ako nag-apply without the letter of purpose kasi hindi naman kailangan for tourist visa; unless they changed the requirements but I've checked the TECO website (http://www.roc-taiwan.org/PH/ct.asp?xItem=54268&ctNode=4712&mp=272)at same pa rin naman. Then, I travelled alone pa, ha? I knew no one in Taiwan and both times, I travelled solo. Also, I had all the mandatory and supporting documents required.

Or, did you let them know na may kaibigan ka doon? Kasi sa application form, you are required to state kung may contact ka sa Taiwan. If you stated na may friend ka doon, then you might have needed a letter of guarantee, as seen here: http://www.boca.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=1422&ctNode=777&mp=2

Well, better luck next time! I wish you all the luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

I cannot really answer your question properly without knowing your nationality. You're quoting me financial statements in dollars. I only know the process of tourist visa application for Filipino nationals.

At any rate, the lowest bank statement I've passed had around Php20k in it, if I remember correctly and I stayed for 4D3N. I had my ITR and all the other requirements. The ones they didn't need from me, like the hotel confirmation voucher, they returned to me.

And, since you've told me that you have a friend who paid for your ticket, who is likely a Taiwanese national, you may need to provide a letter of guarantee. You'll be asked in the application form if you have any contact in Taiwan and you'll need to provide for their contact details.

You may wish to call up TECO to inquire about this, assuming you're a Filipino national. Or better yet, apply through a travel agency if you're not comfortable as they'll be able to guide you through the application process.

As for the most essential requirements, I'd say the letter of permission to take a leave from the employer (it proves you have a job to return to), an ITR (since it shows you're a tax payer here and that you really do have a job), and bank account (to show you have money to pay for trip).

Good luck!

Anne said...

I'm Filipino, sorry for the confusion. :) Yes, she's Taiwanese and I guess I'll be asking her for a recommendation/guarantee letter or something as well as all her details there.

I actually called TECO earlier but the office isn't office, which I also forgot about haha. I know this is probably out of the scope of this post but how long would it take for me to get an ITR and will I even be able to file for one, given I haven't been at my company for a year?

Thank you so much for your assistance! And yes, I really do need all the luck I can get.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Hi again!

ITRs are filed by your employer on your behalf (substituted filing) on or before 15 April yearly. Your employer is supposed to give you a copy after its filing. Of course, the filing is made after the end of the year, usually around Late January until the deadline.

For now, wala ka pa ITR kasi hindi pa tapos ang 2012. Perhaps you could ask your employer a certificate of employment instead, or a certification of your compensation.

Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

Very informative! Thanks for the effort in this very detailed post. I am also working as a freelance contractor online and would never have an ITR. But I trust you when you said they only require supporting docs "such as ..." - so I don't need to provide all. I have a bank account which is consistent for almost 2 years now, plus I have traveled to HK twice, Macau once since last year, and on Oct., I am booked to SG. I would want to visit Taiwan before trying my luck to South Korea. You think I will get a visa? Anyway, I am from Cebu, would it be better if I apply through an agency? Thoughts...
Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hello

I am married, no children and currently not working. My husband and I booked a ticket to Taiwan for three days only for vacation this coming December. How much show money do we need to present? Will I encounter any problems as I do not have any current ITR to present as I am a housewife.

Thanks

ciney said...

hi it is chiney, ask ko lang need na ba na bumili na ng airline ticket bago magsecure ng visa? eh what if madeny yung visa so sayang yung ticket? or kailangan na talaga na mamili ng airline ticket.. i am kinda confused kasi. ive been travelling na din some part of asia and i have stamps na din sa passport ko, makakahelp ba yun for me to get a tourist visa to taiwan? im planning to visit my bestfriend who works there :) thank u and God bless.

ciney said...

Hello.,i want to apply for a tourist visa to taiwan. im kinda confused. kailangan na ba agad na mag secure ako ng airfare ticket. what if madeny yung application? so sayang naman ang ticket diba? question lang po yun if kailangan na po ba talaga na magpurchase para magrant ng visa. i have previous stamps na din naman sa passport ko, will it help me obtain a visa? im planning for 5 days. enough po ba yung 60k as a money sa bank certificate? wala po kasi akong ITR, di ako nakaagfile ng tax since on call naman ang job ko.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

It is the way I interpret the phrase, "supporting documents such as." But of course, it all depends on the TECO if they will approve your visa application or not.

The number of times you've travelled to other places in Asia may be of help but there's no assurance to that.

I cannot say if your visa will be approved. As long as the requirements are complete, and you're able to prove that you will return to the Philippines and not go to Taiwan to seek for a job,I don't see any reason why your application should be denied.

It will be better, of course, kung may travel agent ka, considering that my advise is solely dependent on my experience and on how I interpret the requirements for the application.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

The money in the bank should be sufficient to cover your travel expenses at the very least. Since you're married and you intend to travel with your husband, it should cover for both of your expenses.

Okay lang na wala kang ITR since your husband can submit the required documents for the both of you kasi you're married naman and you'll be travelling together. You can also call up the TECO for proper guidance.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Yes, isa sa mga requirements, as supporting document, ang AIRLINE TICKET or BOOKING CONFIRMATION.

Usually kasi, ang kulang sa mga supporting documents is the ITR tsaka yung letter of permission to leave from the employer. So far, wala pa naman ako nae-encounter na hindi nagpasa ng airline ticket/booking confirmation sa application, and I am not sure kung ano mangyayari if you do not have it.

Besides, mahihirapan ka, kung wala ka na ngang ITR at letter of permission to leave from the employer at wala ka ding airline ticket, since these are needed to show the purpose of your visit.

Yes, there is a possibility na ma-deny ang visa mo kahit may airline ticket ka but it is one of the risks naman talaga.

And, if you're planning to visit your friend in Taiwan, you are required to disclose your contact in Taiwan sa application form. If you state na may friend ka doon, then you might need a letter of guarantee, as seen here: http://www.boca.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=1422&ctNode=777&mp=2

At any rate, kung marami kang kulang sa requirements, it is better to consult with a travel agent para mabigyan ka ng proper guidance, or call up the TECO to be sure.

Good luck!

Grace M. said...

Thank you so much for this very helpful post! I was planning to get my taiwan visa months in advance. Good thing I found this information. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reply! Do you have any idea as to how much should be the money in the bank that should cover us both.

Thanks!

Charm Mallari said...

okay thank you so much! :] i just need to go dun sa makati un office nila? and saan po ako makakakuha nung copy ng application form ng visa? sorry dami tanong! hehe thank you! i'll wait for your reply :]

lou said...

Hi!
Ask ko lng po how much kaya dapat nasa bankbook namin kung 5 kami (me,hubby and 3kids),at present 200k po remaining balance and ticket namin ay 24oct-7nov2012,when po kaya ako dapt mag apply visa?btw may affidavit po bro-in-law ko na sa knila kmi titira at shoulder nya expnses, taiwan citizen po cya at dun na lahat family nila.pls reply..thanks.

Anonymous said...

hi
i just want to ask if the bank balance is 100pesos only, and got no chance to solve it due to additional days of processing for the bank statement...would it still be possible that visa will be granted? or you will you advice better not to apply?

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Good luck! :-)

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Sis, I'm so sorry, I cannot approximate. Iba kasi yung situation mo sa akin, meaning, may guarantor ka at ako wala.

Good luck, sis! And have fun in Taiwan!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Not sure if I got your question right. You only have Php 100.00 (one hundred pesos) in the bank? If that is the case, that's too low and your visa application may be denied. Kung hindi available ang bank statement, you can just produce your bank book instead, like what I did before. They'll return it naman to you when you go back to claim your passport.

One of the things I learned from a travel agent (when I applied for a China visa) is to never withdraw money from your bank account while your visa application is being processed. I hope this helps.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi!

can i just say, your blog is heaven sent!
i appreciate the very detailed work you do...

Just wanna ask if possible na ma grant sa akin ang Visa if im currently unemployed and dont have ITR but could produce a bank book/ bank statement well over the required amount, roundtrip tickets, hotel vouchers...
I kind of work for my parents sa company nila
but im not actually "employed" sa company. (i'm not sure if im making any sense) would it help na may tatak na din passport ko from previous trips (thailand, malaysia,SG, HK, macau..)

I was planning a short trip with friends, would 5 days 4 nights be enough? I

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Thank you very much.

I can't really say. Anyway, you can call up the TECO to inquire about what you should do kung wala kang work, or hindi ka self-employed or if you don't pay taxes. Ang importante kasi is for you to be able to prove you'll be returning to the Philippines and that you're not going to stay in Taiwan to seek employment. Or, you can always consult with a travel agent.

And, kung kasama mo friends mo, it'll be best kung sabay-sabay kayo mag-aaply to show na purely leisure ang reason nyo for going to Taiwan.

I think 5D4N is okay na, and you'll be able to visit places outside Taipei pa if you want. Taiwan is a small country and it's easy to go from one place to another kasi very efficient ang transportation system nila.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi,

This is such a helpful site! I've never processed a visa on my own and I'm really glad to stumble on your website. I'm wondering if you can provide some insight...

I'm planning to travel to Taiwan alone this year. I have some friends in Taiwan but I don't plan to visit them. Should I still declare them?

Also, for the letter from employer approving my leave, is it fine if only my immeiate manager signs and not an authorized signatory (COEs are signed by company authorized signatories)? Does the letter and/or leave form have to specifically state that I'm going to Taiwan?

I am a little afraid of being refused a visa. Can my beig alone be an issue?

THANK YOU!

Anonymous said...

HI Admin,

i got my visa last Thursday 9/13 after 3 days na pabalik balik... thanks to this blog i learned a lot... i thought that the web based application was a fraud but it turned out to be the real deal... kelangan i fill out yung web based form then print it... sana lang paki add sa tips yung about sa "address in taiwan"... at first i put "none" on that field kasi akala ko they are asking if i have an address in taiwan pero dapat pala ilagay dun kung san ka magstay... i will stay in a hotel so dapat ilagay ko yung name and address ng hotel kasi wala naman akong address sa taiwan at dapat ilagay ang number ng hotel sa telephone number field ng web based app... i got confused on that one kasi ang expected kong tanong dun ay "where will you stay?"... so i thought hindi na nila irerequire for me to put it sa application form... so after a day ko pa nalaman na mali yung form na naisubmit ko at hndi man lang inadvise sakin nung tagaembassy na dapat hndi blank yung address in taiwan field on the day that i submitted it... tsaka kasama naman yung booking reference ko so i was under the impression na thats enough proof that i have a place to stay...its my first time to go for international flight.. at magisa pa ako so i thought madedeny ako sa visa.. but luckily i got it.. just make sure you have complete documents... at yung leave of absence certificate ay pirmado ng employer or supervisor mo (hndi pde ang dry seal or stamp) and with proper business heading...

Anonymous said...

ask ko lng po pano kung kasama ko sa travel mom ko retired na cya from work and yun 16yr old kong anak... ano requirements nila? thanks!

Anonymous said...

hi.i would like to inquire how long before someone can re-apply for taiwan visitor visa ung nadeny na po once? or is there any chance na mapprove pa pag nag-apply uli pag nadeny n once? at ano po ba ung mga common causes bakit nadedeny ang visa? hope you could help me. kc po nadeny kahapon ung visitor visa application ko and they didn't give any explanation.

hope you could help me para sa sunod po na apply ko i would be prepared. Visiting relative po ung inapply ko, gusto kc ako kunin ng ate ko who is married to a taiwanese, to help her sa business nila. 90days ung nirerequest ko kasama ang anak ko.i don't have work here in the Philippines right now and I dont have a bank account.dati na rin ako nagwork sa Taiwan,way back 2005. sa tingin nio po,what is the major reason why they denied our visa,considering the above mentioned situation?

Anonymous said...

hi.i would like to inquire how long before someone can re-apply for taiwan visitor visa ung nadeny na po once? or is there any chance na mapprove pa pag nag-apply uli pag nadeny n once? at ano po ba ung mga common causes bakit nadedeny ang visa? hope you could help me. kc po nadeny kahapon ung visitor visa application ko and they didn't give any explanation.

hope you could help me para sa sunod po na apply ko i would be prepared. Visiting relative po ung inapply ko, gusto kc ako kunin ng ate ko who is married to a taiwanese, to help her sa business nila. 90days ung nirerequest ko kasama ang anak ko.i don't have work here in the Philippines right now and I dont have a bank account.dati na rin ako nagwork sa Taiwan,way back 2005. sa tingin nio po,what is the major reason why they denied our visa?

Engr. Ariel M. Gaan Jr. said...

Hello, I went to Taiwan last April 2011 at sobrang nag-enjoy ako sa Taipei, gamit ko ang Philippine passport ko na may US Visa and UK visa....Thanks GOD at kasama na ang pinas sa visa exemption ng taiwan as long as meron kang US, UK, Schengen at iba pang visas...

Engr. Ariel Gaan
Riyadh, KSA

Anonymous said...

hello need pa po ba ko magpasa ng sss contribution? lahat po ng requirements meron ako.

Anonymous said...

What if I don't have bank statement or income tax return? I'm planning to go to taiwan just for a hobby game competetion. Also, I had a US visa this last august but it had already expired, do I still need to apply? It's my second time to have a US visa.

Traveler said...

Hi! I just want to ask, okay na ba kumuha ng VISA ngayon pero ang travel time mo pa is December 2013? Tapos sa ITR, may idea po ba kayo kung ano po tinitignan dun? thank you. :)

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Sorry for the late reply. I've been unusually busy lately.

If you're not visiting your friends, better not declare them. I guess.

As for your letter of permission to go on leave, as long na may nakapirma dun, okay na. Just make sure na authorized ka talaga ng company mo na umalis kasi they can verify it if they want to.

And no, your being alone would not work against you, generally. I went to Taiwan twice, alone.

Good luck!



Asian Travel Adventures said...

Thanks for the tips! I'll add them later for reference.

Anyway, yung "address in _____" is kinda like a standard query sa visa applicationa and sa mga forms you fill up na sinusumbit sa immigration counters ng mga country na bibisitahin mo. Entry info or something. It means where will you stay sa country na pupuntahan mo.

Thanks again!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

To qualify for the visa-exempt program, dapat valid pa yung US visa mo. If expired, hindi na valid yun.

Financial documents are required, kasi you need to prove na you can afford to go there and that you'll not be there to find work. If you're joining a competition, Siguro it'll help if you have a letter of invitation to join or something from the organizers. Better yet, consult with a travel agent or call up the TECO. I only know about the process for purely travel purposes only.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

As I've stated in this page, the visa must be used within 1 month from date of approval which is usually the date your application was received. The visa is valid for 14 days from date of arrival in Taiwan.. Kung December pa, mapapaso lang yung visa mo kung ngayon ka kukuha. At most, at least one month before your date of departure pwede na.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Kung purely travel lang pakay mo, hindi na kailangan. But if you're travelling for business, SSS controbution is a supporting document. Nakalagay yan sa list ng requirements which you can double check sa website ng TECO.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to Taiwan! Thanks for sharing your visa-exempt experience!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Same requirements kayo but yung financial documents nila will be provided by you kung ikaw sasagot ng expenses nila. Of course, it goes without saying na mas malaki dapat pera mo sa bank kasi you'll be paying for 3. If your mom has a bank account, well and good.

You can always call up the TECO to check or consult with a travel agent since my situation was different from yours. I travelled alone kasi eh.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

I only know of 1 instance where an application was denied. A commenter here relayed that wala sya letter of guarantee from the friend na bibisitahin nya in Taiwan despite the disclosure made sa application form na may kakilala sya doon. Other than that, wala na ako alam personally.

On the other hand, I know mahigpit ang TECO sa mga nakapag trabaho na dati sa Taiwan. Yan naririnig ko nun dati sa umpukan ng mga applicants nung nag apply ako before. Usually, may interview kapag dating nag OFW sa Taiwan.

In general, common reasons for denial ng visa sa kahit anong country na nagrerequire nito:

1. Fraud and falsification, like putting false info sa application or submitting fabricated documents in support thereof;
2. Pending criminal case and the likes;
3. No financial capacity to travel;
4. Applicant not able to prove that he/she will return to the Philippines and that he/she will not overstay/work in the country he/she is intending to visit;
5. Embassy not convinced of the applicant's purpose of visit;
6. Etc.

Hindi ko alam kung gaano katagal bago mo kailangan ulit mag-apply. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for all your help. Our trip was successful because of you. We enjoyed every bit of Taiwan during our short 4 day visit. Once again, Thanks!

Anonymous said...

hi po..i am here again..i will be visiting my BF po in taiwan this october 12-23..he is taiwanese po.. i just processed my visa last september 25..tomorrow po yong release..i am still afraid though this is my second time getting a tourist visa.. yong first time (may 15-27 na trip), it was approved.. sana tomorrow din po.. basta i followed naman all the requirements..but still i am very nervous..hope ma-approve..

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

yepeay!!! i got my tourist visa for the second time around yesterday!!! i will be visiting my BF again, i am so excited to go to taiwan again in God's time...na-approve na naman..thanks talaga sa blog na eto=)

leerenah said...

Hi, thank you for your informative blog. I have a question though. We gave our requirements to a travel agency for them to process our Taiwan visas. But the liaison officer told me to edit the application form because I left blanks on some of the questions. He told me to put N/A instead and print it again on an A4, which he said is the right size. But when I encoded my temp # again on the online inquiry, no data was found anymore. Maybe because it was submitted already? Question is, can I do it all over again, meaning can I submit an application again online? Would it affect my previous application? Appreciate your reply.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Iwould like to knw how i can apply for a taiwn visa for my son. My husband and I will go there earlier for medical reasons.We have an existing us visa so we just .applied online. Our son's us visa expired last june 2012. We want him to follow on oct 27 during hs sem break. He will be accompanied by my sister and her family who will visit us. Can he apply with my sister and family? Should i accompany him in d embassy? I already have the affidavit of support and consent to travel w a minor to be submitted to dswd. Hope you can help me on these. Thanks!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Good for you, sis!

Enjoy your vacation with your bf! Have fun!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Sorry, I cannot help you with your query. Since you have a travel agent naman, better ask them kasi they're in the better position to give you advise. Moreover, the system I am familiar with is the old system. I haven't applied for a visa through the new system which was implemented only this year.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

I think he can apply with your sister since they'll be travelling together naman, eh. If you can accompany your son, do so. Anyway, magpapasa lang naman ng requirements sa TECO eh, and if ever ipatawag for interview yung anak mo, samahan mo na lang. Hindi naman kailangan ng personal appearance kapag nag-submit ng requirements unless ipatawag yung applicant for interview. In case of doubt, you can always call up TECO or consult with a travel agency.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Your blog is really helpful. Thank you for sharing all your information.
So you'll only find out if you've been granted a VISA 3 days after processing or right after your application? Hindi katulad ng US Visa application na required ang interview tapos sasabihin na sila kaagad sa'yo and they'll only get your passport if bibigyan ka nila ng VISA..

Thank you

Anonymous said...

Hi, Your blog is very helpful and detailed. I would like to ask kung ano po ang ilalagay dun sa online application nila sa first page, may tanung po kasi dun na ID number same din po ba yun ng passport number? and yung Mother's full name - ang ilalagay ko po ba dun is full name nya nung pagkadalaga or married name na po? Thank You for your help. Godbless. :)

Anonymous said...

No worries. I'm about to strat my application na since my planned trip is for end of November.

Wish me luck. Thank you! :)

Asian Travel Adventures said...

You'll only find out when your passport is returned to you, or on the day of you're supposed to return and pick up your docs and passport.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Based on the tips sa TECO website:


"(c) If Surname, Given name, ID No or Email are not applicable, please leave them blank.If Former or Other Name, Chinese Name, Former or Other Nationality are not applicable, please enter NONE"

As for the mother's name, it only says, "mother's full name", so, I think, it's just your mother's name, not the maiden name. Better yet, call up the TECO to be sure.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

you can submit it again... i submitted the web form thrice...

Anonymous said...

hi, i like to ask if its possible for me to travel again to taiwan? coz last 10 yrs ago i worked there and overstayed arnd a yr plus. thou this time i want to go back there to travel as tourist. i have all my documents complete, plus my bank certificate in 7 digits.Would they reconsider giving me a tourist visa again?



Anonymous said...

I already purchased a ticket for my January 15-24, 2013 trip. Since I will be flying via Cebu Pacific, January 16 of midnight would be my arrival in Taiwan. Should I apply this December 2012 or would it be better to apply by January instead? Thanks

Anonymous said...

Hi! I have a Taiwanese friend who lives and working in Mandaluyong. He has a vacation this coming February and he wants me to come with him in Taiwan. He is a citizen and he has a house there. I want to apply for a VISA but he will be the one to pay for all the expenses. And we will stay in his house. What should I need para ma-approve? I already have a round trip ticket. Ngayon ko lang po kase nalaman na kailangan pala ng VISA. Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

hi. i just got married but my marital status and name in my passport is still single. though my passport will be expiring next year. and my friends are planning to go to taiwan this last week of nov. is it ok if will just use my single status in the visa application, since my passport reflect as such? or do i need to process my passport with my new marital status, but am afraid i wont be able to join them since passport application would take time.

thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hi, great blog. Been visiting your blog for quite some time now because we're planning to go to Taiwan next year. I have a question please, if I may ask. I'm planning to go to Taiwan for 4 days with my mom and brother. I am employed, I can provide certificate of employment, letter of permission that im going on leave. However my mother isn't, but she can provide financial statement, bank certification and all She just came from a tour in Singapore and Malaysia this October. She wants to visit her best friend who is a Taiwanese national and at the same time go on a tour as a family. My brother is not employed as of the moment as well because he's undergoing flight training and seminar every now and then.

Is going as a family have great chance of obtaining a tourist visa?

THanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Your blog was really helpful. I went to TECO this morning. Got number 6, and was there for less than an hour. Thanks to your tips.

There's just one thing though. The embassy took all my original documents including my time deposit certificate. Do you think I could still retrieve it upon claiming my visa?

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
It is nice to have blog like this. I hope you can advise me regarding my case. I have Australian bf and we are planning to go in Taiwan for 4 days as visit. As browsing here, I found out that a filipino needed to get visa first. The problem is I am unemployed, I dont have any financial statement. However, my bf will provide all the expenses and supporting me. Do you have any idea, what are those requirements might needed to show?

Anonymous said...

Hi there! thanks to this blog, so informative! just wana ask abt NSO birth certificate. Do I need to get a new NSO birth certificate for 2012? I've been to Taiwan May 2011 and I submitted NSO birth certificate dated 2011. Do you know if I need to get a new one dated 2012? I plan to visit Taiwan again this Christmas vacation and I'll apply for my visa next week.
Thanks a lot! :)

MissIsabelA said...

Hi there! Newly hired lang ako kaya wala pa akong ITR, fresh grad lang din kasi. Pano ung sa C. Financial statements of the applicant such as:
(1) Income Tax Return
(2) Bank Book or Bank Statements
D. Etc.

mga magkano dapat laman ng bank account?

Anonymous said...

hi! your blog is very helpful. i would just like to ask if you know whether there would be additional requirements if i will be travelling with children. thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hello.

Naggaling na ako dati sa taiwan. NAg stay ako dun ng 2weeks or 14days for Chinese New Year. Nag pass ako marami requirments. Now Im planning to enter again in Taiwan.

What requirments to bring?
Pwedi ko bang iextend ng 1month or 30-60days?
Anong magandang visa ang kunin?
MAgkano ang fee lalo na kung rush?

SSALAMAT> sana makatulong.
you can send me msg aicee0702@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hello.

Naggaling na ako dati sa taiwan. NAg stay ako dun ng 2weeks or 14days for Chinese New Year. Nag pass ako marami requirments. Now Im planning to enter again in Taiwan.

What requirments to bring?
Pwedi ko bang iextend ng 1month or 30-60days?
Anong magandang visa ang kunin?
MAgkano ang fee lalo na kung rush?
Paano kung namatayan yung pupuntahan ko, my purpose is para samahan ang tita ko kasi wala siyang kasamang kamag anak dun, mga anak nia 15 below palang. pwedi ba yun??


SSALAMAT> sana makatulong.
you can send me msg aicee0702@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

What requirments did you passed?

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Hello! I can't help you with your query. Best to consult with a travel agent.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

You can find the answer on the blog entry I posted above. In fact, most info are on my blog post and on the replies I made on the comments. But I'll reproduce it for you:

"It must be emphasized that the Taiwan visa must be used within one (1) month from the date of its issuance, valid for fourteen (14) days after one's arrival in Taiwan. Thus, it would be senseless to apply for a visa months before the intended departure. It's best to apply at least two (2) weeks before the date of departure to Taiwan. In my case, I applied one (1) week before my departure this June. Another thing: I noticed that the date of issuance of my visa is the date I applied for one. So, those who would be maximizing their fourteen (14)-day stay are cautioned."

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Same requirements for ordinary mortals who do not have friends in Taiwan to pay for their vacation. :-)

However, be aware that you'll have to declare the name of your friend and his contact info in your application. You may even need to submit a letter of guarantee from your friend to vouch for you, as you can see here: http://www.boca.gov.tw/np.asp?ctNode=776&mp=2

It is always best consult with a travel or call up the TECO for confirmation.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Sorry, I can't help you with that. Good luck, though. And call up the TECO for advice.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

I really don't know. You all have to submit financial documents, though. It is best to consult with a travel agency so they'd be able to advice you which documents you need to submit.

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Hmm. When I submitted my applications before, they gave me back my original documents after checking them and they just took the photocopies.

Well, I still think you'd get back the originals. Otherwise, there'd be no reason for them to require a set of photocopies. If they don't return it to you after getting your passport, just ask them why.

Good luck!


Asian Travel Adventures said...

Sorry, dear. I can't really help you with that. It's best to consult with a travel agent.

On second thought, if you have a valid visa from Australia (unused if single-entry), you can apply online for a visa-free entry to Taiwan. Check it here:

http://www.taiwanembassy.org/ct.asp?xItem=313525&ctNode=4712&mp=272

Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Well, I submitted the same NSO birth cert in both my applications; in 2010 and 2011. Hope this helps!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Supporting documents naman yun, and understandable na wala ka nun kc fresh grad ka. However, you may be required to appear personally for interview ka kung wala ka pa work. If you're employed, pwede ka kumuha ng Certificate of Compensation from your employer.

As for the bank account, at least P50k to be sure. Good luck!

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Yes. Additional money in the bank to cover all your expenses. Kasi, parang, x3 dapat (kung 2 kids) ang laman ng bank. Kung nag-aaral, perhaps, school ID ng mga bata.

If the child is not yours, a DSWD certificate.

Hope this helps.

Asian Travel Adventures said...

Same requirements pa din. I don't know how to extend your stay there. You should visit the BOCA website to find the answers here:

http://www.taiwanembassy.org/lp.asp?CtNode=4712&CtUnit=62&BaseDSD=7&mp=272

Or consult with a travel agent.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

If i have all the requirements except the ITR because I left in Canada will that cause me trouble getting a visa for me and my daughter?I am working in Canada and just having vacation here in Philippines and We are planning to meet the father of my daughter who lives there since they haven't seen each other for 8 years now, and so I just want to make sure if it's fine or no without the ITR?

Anonymous said...

thanks. my husband is working in Taiwan and we're planning to visit him this coming spring festival. with 2 kids, would 100k be enough?

GAUCHITO said...

Goof Evening po,

Salamat sa info:

Kailangan ko lang po mag clarify.. yung "(Address and Telephone Number in Taiwan)", ito ho ba yung address ng kaibigan ko sa Taiwan?

Salamat.

IJ

Anonymous said...

I have the necessary documents required such as COE, ITR and Flight Itinerary. I just would like to verify if P50,000 is enough for a nine day-travel in Taiwan? I also have a friend who sent me an invitation letter. Will that really help in obtaining a visa? Thanks. Your blog is indeed very informative.

Anonymous said...

Hello,, your blog is very helpful and detailed,,Thank you very much,, i got my tourist visa after 3 days as scheduled..I have a question though.. my visa will expire Dec 20 2012 and i need to posphone my trip and move to Jan 6 2013.. Is it possible to extend? what shall i need to do..appreciate your help

Anonymous said...

hi i have read ur blog and it really helps alot to get information regarding application on tourist visa. My bf invites me to visit him in taiwan this coming chinese new yr kase long holiday sa knila. by the way he is a filipino overseas worker. I already have back and forth ticket dated feb.10-17. actually wla na din problem with regards dun sa titirhan ko sa taiwan cause we have a friend na citizen na dun. so dun ako mag'iistay for 7days 6 nights. the problem is i will be ending my contract sa work dis end of december kase contractual employee lang po ako so i cant provide COE and my bank acct balance is only 20k. pero bf ko nman ang sasagot ng mga expenses ko dun sa taiwan. is there a chance na mgrant ako ng visa? first time ko po kase na mag out of the country. ska klan po ung possible day to process my bisa? hope to hear from you. thanks!

makulhet said...

hi my bf invited me to go in taiwan for7 days. he's an ofw there.first tiem ko magttravel at mag isa pa.. plan ko po pumunta ng taiwan sa chinese new year kc long vacation nla yun. currently im employed pero i will be ending my contract dis last wek of december. meron syang fren dun na pag iistayan ko so wla nman problem with reagrds sa tutuluyan ko dun. question ko lng, meron na kse ako back and forth ticket, laman lang ng bank acct ko is 20k.. possible pb na ma bigyan ako ng visa khit na wla akong mapresent na COE ska ang laman lng ng bank acct ko is 20k?bf ko nman po kc ang sasagot sa mga expenses ko once na andun nko.. hope to hear from you.. tnx

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