Streamlined visa procedure promoted in the Philippines


MANILA–Taiwan has stepped up its efforts to advertise its streamlined visa application procedure in the Philippines in a bid to attract more tourists.

Tao Yi-shu, director of the Tourism Bureau’s representative office in Kuala Lumpur, visited Manila Tuesday to promote the newly introduced visa application process.

Taiwan launched the new visa application procedure last November, targeting tourists from five countries in Southeast and South Asia — Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and India.

Under the new procedure, tourists from the five countries no longer need to submit documents on work and finances to support their visa applications, as long as they are traveling on a group tour organized by select travel agencies working with Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau.

In addition, visitors from the five countries traveling on employee incentive tours provided by enterprises are eligible to use the new application procedure.

Yuan Kai chih, section chief of the bureau’s International Affairs Division, said the program allows easier processing of visa applications for the above mentioned categories of visitors and also waives the visa application fee.