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Taiwan extends visa-free entry of Filipinos, 3 other countries until July 2022

The visa-free treatment of Filipino tourists to Taiwan will be extended for another year, from Aug. 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022, announced by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

This will be the fifth time that the visa free entry will have an extension since Philippines and Russia added to the list. The same previledge extension is also given to nationals from Thailand, Brunei, and Russia.

MOFA said it will decide when to reopen the country's borders to foreign travelers for tourism purposes based on the recommendations of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The ministry clarified that the policy is separate from Taiwan's ongoing ban on the entry of foreign tourists due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been in effect since March 19, 2020.

The visa free entry is under the Southbound policy which focused more on the relationship of Taiwan to other countries specially from Southeast Asia.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's entry regulations for foreign nationals will remain in force amid pandemic. Visa-free grant does "not take precedence" over COVID-19 measures, says TECO.


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