Manila, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) embarked on an online application system of tourist visas for Taiwanese traveling to the Philippines.
The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) was designed to provide a more convenient travel to the Philippines.
According to the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taipei, the ETA is set to be officially launched on July 1. MECO is in close coordination with the BI for the implementation of the project.
A trial run of the online system was done last May 15. MECO selected the first Taiwanese tour group to visit the Philippines using the new travel permit. In May 20, the first batch of Taiwanese ETA holders arrived at the Kalibo International Airport.
“This joint MECO and BI project for Taiwanese citizens aim to make traveling to the Philippines easier and hassle-free,” said BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison. “These efforts are done to boost tourism in the country, and to strengthen our relationship with Taiwan,” he added.
A trial run was also conducted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Puerto Princesa International Airport, and Mactan Cebu International Airport. The final run will be held on June 28 at the NAIA.
The ETA is valid for a 30-day stay in the Philippines. Application can be done anywhere as long as there is a computer, internet access, and a printer. Processing period is expected to take from 30 minutes up to two working days. Applicants must be 15 years old and above, and their passports must be valid for at least six months. The authorization, if approved, must be printed on a clean A4 size paper and presented to the BI upon arrival in the Philippines, together with other regular immigration requirements.
The online application system is for Taiwanese passport holders and for application of visitors’ visa for tourism only.