The Philippines is an amazing country of volcanoes, mountains, and lush green jungle. It is a land of culture and wildlife and offers diverse tourism opportunities. Before you get to savour the Philippines, however, you need to get yourself a tourist visa.
The Philippines Visa Requirements
If you are a citizen of Taiwan, you can make use of the Philippines Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). This saves a lot of time and offers you convenience as you can apply for your visa online from your home, office, or indeed a coffee shop. This negates the need to travel to your local embassy or consulate to collect your visa.
The eTA visa is for short-term stays of up to 30 days. When completing the online form for your ETA it is a good idea to double check the information prior to sending. Mistakes are hard to change and takes time.
You will need to supply two passport photos with your application together with passport details and personal information.
After you apply and your application approved, you will receive a UID number for your trip. If you are travelling as a group, say a family, the UID number will cover the whole group. You will receive your eTA(s) by email. Print these out and bring them with you. You will have to show them to immigration together with:
- A passport valid six months beyond your departure date in the Philippines
- Proof that you can cover the cost of your trip
- Departure flight details
- Accommodation details
- School/company ID where appropriate. I.e. business and educational trips
The eTA takes typically 48 hours for approvals, but the more time you can give authorities the better.
Travelling to the Philippines Outside of Taiwan
Many countries do not require a visa to enter the Philippines. Most western world countries, however, do require a visa. As such, you need to apply to your embassy or consulate to obtain your visa in the usual way.
Plans to Role out the ETA
The ETA may well be rolled out to countries in the west soon. The country has a strong tourist industry, and this will be strengthened by using an ETA rather than conventional visa system. It is believed that the eTAs will be rolled out this year or possibly in 2020.
Visa Free or Visa on Arrival
Most Asian countries can travel to the Philippines visa-free. You can gain entry just using your passport, or you can apply for a visa when you get there. Like the ETA and conventional visa systems, these are temporary visas rarely exceeding 30 days, and sometimes this can be less.
Other countries that don’t require a Visa to enter the Philippines include several from Africa, Oceania, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
It should be noted that if you’re unsure about visa requirements in the Philippines, you should check requirements with your local embassy or consulate. Double checking all documentation before submitting is good practice to avoid issues.
The Philippines is a wonderful country and if you have an opportunity to savour its delights you should.