This is a special case applicable to citizens of India, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam under these conditions:
a. The nationals mentioned above must possess a valid resident/visitor visa (including an electronic one)* or resident certificate (including a permanent one) issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Schengen Agreement countries, the U.K. or the U.S.A. In addition, the citizens of Indonesia who own a valid Japan Visa Waiver Registration are also eligible for the visa exemption program.
b. Have never been employed in Taiwan as blue-collar workers.
[* A single-entry visa becomes void once it has already been used. However, a used single-entry visa might be satisfactory for the purpose of immigration inspection to enter Taiwan, if it meets the following conditions:
a.1. On the same succeeding journey, the visa holder uses it to enter the visa issuing country prior to his/her arrival in Taiwan; and
a.2. The visa holder will arrive in Taiwan prior to its expiry date.]
Those who are qualified may secure an Authorization Certificate via the Online Application for R.O.C. (Taiwan) Travel Authorization Certificate of the R.O.C. National Immigration Agency right before the flight.
If the purpose of entering Taiwan is only for a layover, this is NOT necessary if there is no need to change airports. On the other hand, if there is a need to transfer to a different airport for departure, then this certificate is absolutely required.
I would have never known such a thing if not for my experience. Indeed it is the best teacher!😀
As Danny and I were heading back to Japan from Bali, we were advised to secure one only for me since Danny holds a Korean passport and is visa exempted. I am a Philippine passport holder. Our layover in Taiwan was about 12 hours and had to depart from a different airport. So basically, I was obliged to show them an Authorization Certificate. A big thanks to my Japan Residence card! If not for its awesome power, it could have been a mess! I was also thankful that the check-in officers were so helpful. They let us print it out in their office. I didn’t have this “you’re-so-stupid-for-not-knowing-this” feeling as they were dealing with me. They didn’t even give me that “oh-poor-stupid-thing” look. Tell you, I got that look from some Filipino China Eastern Airlines staff in the Philippines. Uggh! I was expecting the other way around since we are Filipinos. But..*sighs*
Anyway, those Indonesian China Airlines staff were respectful. Totally different from the others. The icing on the cake was when applying for the certificate online. It was only a piece of cake and free of cost.
Here’s how it looks like..
- Carry with you your Residence Certificate, card, visa and the like in every travel.
- Be at the airport 2-3 hours before the departure. You never know how time can save you.
- Stay calm and polite no matter how pissed/mad/upset you are. Respect begets respect. Kindness comes to you if you are one.
- Never blame anyone when this kind of situation occurs. I have learned this the hard way. I always blamed my husband for any troubles like this.
- Try to see the advantage in every disadvantage. This experience has taught me not just a single thing but a lot.
Wanna add more? I won’t mind. Go on, please.🙂
See you in my next drop. Clue: Taiwan😉😀