How I got a Taiwanese Visa

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Recently, Taiwan relaxes its visa application rules to Philippine passport holders and now Filipinos can enter Taiwan visa- free until further advise. For any update, you may check their website: ROC Taiwan.

However, last year when I visited the country, I had to obtain a Republic of China (ROC) certificate, a form of document that you need to present at the Immigration office before they will allow you entry to Taiwan.

There are days when you ‘re feeling deadbeat and wish that there are shortcuts to certain things. I thought that there must be a way where you don’t need to apply for a visa every time  you are planning to visit  a non-visa-free country. So, I searched a lot until I found something useful. Yes, there is a way to obtain a Taiwanese visa without applying from scratch. That is how I learned about ROC.

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What is ROC?

Republic of China (Taiwan) Travel Authorization Certificate is a certificate given to eligible applicant allowing him/her to enter Taiwan on multiple entries for 90 days. The holder must present this certificate at the Taiwan immigration office.

To be eligible for an ROC:
  1. The applicant’s passport must have remaining validity of at least six months starting from the date of arrival in Taiwan.
  2. The applicant must possess an onward/return air or ferry ticket.
  3. The applicant has never been employed as a blue-collar worker in Taiwan.
  4. The applicant should have any of the following: a valid resident or permanent resident card, a valid entry visa (may be electronic visa) or a resident card or visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan.

This is applicable to all visa categories, e.g. tourist, working, transit, studying, business visas issued by the following countries, expired or unused visa are all eligible to apply for authorization through Online Application for ROC (Taiwan) Travel Authorization Certificate:

Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States

By that time, I already got my Korean visa so I passed the guideline #4, so as #3, #1 and for #2, I can get it. Thus, without more fuss, I applied for the ROC certificate online and minutes later, I found myself booking for flights to and from Taiwan and drafting my itinerary.

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Who can obtain ROC?

Nationals of India, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos can apply online for an ROC Travel Authorization Certificate.

How to Obtain ROC?

Obtaining this form is free of charge which can be accessed through this link: ROC Application.

Although for the time being, this wouldn’t be applicable since Filipinos can now enter Taiwan visa-free. Good news!



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Anna is a travel buff, logophile, choreophile, an adventurous foodie & glossophilia.She loves writing, dancing, traveling & learning languages. She speaks more than 5 languages and have been to more than 20 countries so far. In her leisure time, she loves to listen to music, dance & try cooking.

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