MECO to launch ETA system for Taiwanese tourists

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Top executives of TECO and the Manila Economic and Cultural Office toast to more travel opportunities between Taiwan and the Philippines

Top executives of TECO and the Manila Economic and Cultural Office toast to more travel opportunities between Taiwan and the Philippines

The Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) will be launching an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system beginning July 1, which would allow Taiwanese passport holders to apply for and obtain an entry permit (travel authorization) to the Philippines online any time.

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This is one of several ground-breaking measures that the Philippines is undertaking to bring in more Taiwanese travelers to the Philippines following the announcement of President Benigno Aquino 3rd that 2015 is “Visit the Philippines Year.”

Currently, there are 28 weekly flights between Taipei and Manila and direct flights between Taipei and Cebu, and Taipei to Puerto Princesa (Palawan) creating easier access to two of the Philippines’ top tourist destinations. However, a new bilateral arrangement on air traffic between Taiwan and the Philippines has been successfully negotiated, which will significantly boost the frequency of flights between Taipei and Manila up to five times and open more airports for direct flights from Taiwan to tourist destinations in the Philippines without need to connect via Manila.

According to MECO, these developments are intended to make visiting the Philippines more convenient for Taiwanese visitors. With the ETA System, application and payment for the travel authorization can be done online by Taiwanese passport holders wherever they are and whatever time they wish to do so. Also, more direct flights mean shorter and cheaper travel to tourist destinations.

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