Manila, Philippines — The local unit of Asia’s biggest budget carrier AirAsia over the weekend said it will start direct flights to Taipei from its Manila and Cebu hubs beginning next month, as it anticipates a peak of interest in travel to Taiwan after the easing of visa rules for Filipino passport holders.
In a statement emailed to us, the budget carrier Philippines AirAsia, Inc. said its daily Manila-Taipei flights will start on November 21, while the thrice-a-week Cebu-Taipei service is scheduled to begin on November 25.
“In anticipation of the influx of tourists and travelers to Taipei following the recent easing of visa rules for Filipinos, we are thrilled to announce that AirAsia is launching direct flights to Taipei from our hubs in Manila and Cebu this November with promo fares now available online and through our partner travel agents nationwide,” Philippines AirAsia CEO Dexter M. Comendador said in the press statement.
The Chinese Taipei has recently implemented a couple of measures that would make it easier for the Filipino passport holders to directly travel the neighborhood country.
On October 7, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of China (Taiwan) unveiled that Philippine passport holders who desires to travel to Taiwan for tourism purposes and among others can now apply for an e-visa. With that being said, the new regulations covers Filipinos who are planning to visit Taiwan for tourism, business, visit to relatives, attend international conferences and participate in sport events.
After filing the application for a visa-free travel to Taiwan, there is no need for a physical appearance at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines. Only a printout of the e-visa will be presented to immigration officials upon arrival in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The e-visa should be valid for three (3) months with duration of stay up to thirty (30) days period.
Last month, the government of Taiwan eased its visa-free requirements for Filipino passport holders who have any of the following documents issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries in Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
Qualified Filipino passport holders can apply for the Taiwan Travel Authorization Certificate which allows multiple entries to the neighboring island, valid for three months and allows up to 30-day stay.
The Taiwanese Chief Representative to the Philippines Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, said that Taiwan will grant Filipinos visa-free travel by January at the latest in a action to further expand ties with the Philippines.
Moreover, the Philippines AirAsia also added that it will add another daily flight between Manila and Kuala Lumpur starting on October 30 on top of its current twice daily flights. – TheVader.com