Hello travel bugs! I can see that a lot of visitors are checking my first-time China Visa application page lately so I thought giving you tips on your first time Taiwan Visa would be cool, too.
Yes, I will be flying off to Taipei for my birthday this year and, thank God, I just got my visa yesterday (I applied ahead of my parents since they coursed it through the travel agency).
So, yes, you don’t have to personally apply for your Taiwan visa, but for the sake of experiencing it myself, I decided to personally apply for mine. 🙂
The documents needed in applying for a Taiwan Visa is easier than China’s. For first timers like me, here are the documents that I have submitted:
- A completed and printed out Visa Application Form
- Two (2) passport size photos 1.5”x2” with white background. One is glued on the form and the other is in zip lock, stapled on the form.
- Passport valid for at least six months and old passport showing previous travels
- Birth Certificate issued by NSO and a photocopy of it
- Financial statements of the applicant (Bank Book or Bank Statements)
Since I’m a freelance marketing practitioner and I can’t produce a Certificate of Employment, I submitted below documents as well:
- latest ITR
- Bank certificate with at least 100k-150k balance declared
- confirmed airline tickets
- confirmed hotel bookings
Basically you just have to provide all the necessary documents that can say that you are financially capable of your travel in Taiwan. After securing all the documents, head on to the Taiwan Embassy (41F, Tower 1, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati). Filing time is at 8:45am – 11:45am. They process pretty fast so you don’t have to worry. I came in around 11am and I was able to submit my documents in 30mins tops.
Regular processing time is 3 working days. If you want it processed immediately, you can pay an additional Php1,050.00 1WD expedite for single entry visa and Php2,100.00 1WD expedite for multiple entry visa. Here are the visa fees for Filipino passport holders, depending on number of entries:
- Single-entry Visa: Php. 2,100.00
- Multiple-entry Visa: Php. 4,200.00
Payment is upon submission of application. Releasing time of the visa is 1:45pm to 4:45pm. You will use the receipt when claiming your visa, to which the claiming date is indicated on it as well.
I came in around 2pm to claim my visa. I would suggest to come in as early as you can for claiming. Although Taiwan Embassy processes their releasing relatively fast, it pays to be early. Anyway, so here’s mine. 🙂
For updated information visit the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines.
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