Philippines AirAsia launched a week ago its daily service from Manila to Taipei while it inaugurate last Friday its three weekly frequencies between Cebu and Taipei. AirAsia used to fly from Clark to Taipei back to 2012 but pulled out after leaving the airport.
“In anticipation of the influx of tourists and travelers to Taipei following the recent easing of visa rules for Filipinos, we are thrilled to announce that AirAsia is launching direct flights to Taipei from our hubs in Manila and Cebu this November with promo fares now available online and through our partner travel agents nationwide,” Philippines AirAsia CEO Dexter M. Comendador was quoted as saying.
More Filipinos are expected to visit Taiwan as the country recently implemented two measures which would make visits easier for Filipinos. On Oct. 7, Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that travellers with a Filipino passport who want to travel to Taiwan can now apply for an e-visa. This covers Filipinos who are planning to visit Taiwan for tourism, business, visit to relatives, attend international conferences and participate in sport events.
After filing the application, there is no need for a physical appearance at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines. Only a printout of the e-visa will be presented to immigration officials upon arrival in Taiwan. The e-visa will be valid for 3 months with duration of stay up to 30 days.
Since Sept. 1, Taiwan also eased its visa-free requirements for Filipinos who received a visa or a resident card from other countries such as Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the EU Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Filipinos with such documents are able to apply for the Taiwan Travel Authorization Certificate which allows multiple entries to Taiwan, valid for three months and allows up to 30-day stay.
Taiwan’s Chief Representative to Manila Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, told reporters late in September that Taipei will grant Filipinos visa-free travel by January at the latest in a bid to further expand ties with the Philippines. The plan has been approved by the Taiwan government “in principle.”