During my trip to Japan last February, I decided to transit through Taipei because the airfare would be a lot cheaper compared to if I fly directly to Osaka, Japan. Also, that would mean another stamp on my passport. Yay!! I stayed in Taipei for 2 days and 1 night.

VISA/ROC – TAIWAN TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION CERTIFICATE

Filipino passport holder can now enter Taiwan Visa Free by applying online for ROC – Taiwan Travel Authorization Certificate, provided you met the following requirements/conditions:

  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 must possess at least one of the following documents issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States:
    • Valid resident or permanent resident card
    • Valid entry visa (may be electronic visa, which should be printed out)
    • Resident card or visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan.

Please refer to the following link for more info: http://www.roc-taiwan.org/in_en/post/1026.html

I got my Travel Authorization Certificate the second I submitted the completed application form. The Travel Authorization Certificate is Valid for 90 Days, multiple entry. Please also take note that, if you made a mistake filling out the form, you have to resubmit again.

If you happen to not qualify for a travel authorization, you may still apply for your visa or e-visa but there will be a fee and requirements. Also, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines announced that a Visa-Free privileges for Filipinos will begin on a one year trial basis starting June 2017 which was later rescheduled to September, so keep an eye on that.

So, what did I do in 2 days in Taipei? I indulge in Taiwanese Food, they are good and cheap and they’re everywhere. I especially enjoy the food at the night market. I also did check some of the tourist spot. Lol

CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL

This is perhaps one of the top attractions in Taipei, erected in memory of Chiang Kai-Shek, the former president of Taiwan (Republic of China) Also, in this area, you will find the National Theater and National Concert Hall.

SUN YAT-SEN MEMORIAL HALL

This place is dedicated to the father of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Every hour there is a changing of Guards,which I think every tourist must see.

TAIPEI 101

This is perhaps the most distinctive landmark in Taipei and probably in all of Taiwan. This building was once named the tallest building in the world.

ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN

To get the best view of the city, I hike to the top of the elephant mountain, which by the way is not an easy hike.

HUASHAN 1914 CREATIVE PARK

I am not leaving Taipei without visiting the most instagramable place in Taipei, there is literally an instagram photoshoot in every corner. This place by the way was originally a winery, today it is used for cultural and art exhibitions, theater productions and performances and other events.