2022 Taiwan Travel Guide for Filipinos

2022 Taiwan Travel Guide for Filipinos

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Are you planning to spend your “ber” months in Taiwan this year? Check out this Taiwan Travel Guide curated for Pinoys wanting to visit the country where pearl milk tea originated! From famous to local Taiwanese favorite foods, we got you covered on our Foodie trip section! And explore the most of Taiwan’s sceneries and iconic spots by following the must see on our list.

Visa-free entry

From September 29, 2022 to July 31, 2023, Filipinos, who have Philippine passports except those holding diplomatic or official/service passports, are allowed for visa-free entry and can stay for up to 14 days in Taiwan. As long as the following conditions are met:

  • Entrants must have a valid passport for at least six months starting from the date of arrival in Taiwan.
  • An onward/return air/ferry ticket and a visa for that destination (if required) should be available.
  • Proof of accommodation (or host/sponsor’s contact information or arrangements of tour, travel, visit, events and meeting etc.) in Taiwan must be provided.
  • A completed filled-up arrival card – can be obtained from the airlines or cruise ship company.

May read the notice about the visa-free entry here.

Check travel restrictions and regulations

“In the second phase, based on developments in the COVID-19 situation, border controls will be relaxed by lifting the quarantine mandate and enforcing a seven-day self-initiated prevention, which are scheduled to take effect on October 13.”, announced by The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control.

Upon arrival to Taiwan, entrants will be given 4 rapid antigen kits that they will be using to do self-administering of the antigen test starting on the day of arrival, then every two days afterwards (Days 3, 5, and 7 of stay in Taiwan) and ends only after the first week.

During the self-initiated prevention period, tourists may leave their accommodations BUT must comply with the mandated pandemic precautions during their stay in Taiwan such as

  • must have a negative rapid test result taken at least two days before going out
  • shared accommodations setups must be constantly maintained throughout their stay
  • must follow the general guidelines such as mask-wearing indoors and social distancing
  • must avoid dining with local residents.

For updates on travel restrictions and regulations, make sure to check Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and Taiwan’s Bureau of Consular Affairs sites from time to time.

Note: Especially for those Filipinos coming back from abroad, when entering the Philippines, travellers (whether Filipinos or foreign) must fill-up e-Travel Registration, a mandatory requirement for arrival in the Philippines, imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) that started last December 1, 2022. Make sure the form is filled-up and you have the QR code for this ready before checking in to your flight.

Must see in Taiwan

Visiting a country is not complete if you didn’t get the chance to take pictures as proof. Here are the list of places and attractions that you must visit and should definitely get pictures with in Taiwan:

  • Taipei 101

    You can’t say you’ve been to Taiwan if you’ve never been to the Taipei 101. It used to be the tallest building in the world for the period of 2004-2010. Though it is no longer the tallest in the world now, but this 101-storey building is still majestic and is still the highest skyscraper in Taiwan. And you can reach the topmost floor via the elevator in just 37seconds! Check out the Taipei Observatory where you can have panoramic 360º views of Taipei on the Skyline 460 Observation Deck. Also, try enjoying a cup of coffee from the Starbucks branch inside the building while enjoying the views of Taipei city from above.

  • National Palace Museum

    This is home to treasures of around 600,000 art objects that were part of the Chinese imperial collection, which began over 1,000 years ago in the early Song dynasty.

  • Liberty Square

    The Liberty Square is a public plaza that is home to many landmarks such as the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall and the iconic white Chinese gate. Try wearing a traditional Chinese costume for more scenic picture results. You can even witness the hourly changing of guards on the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.

  • The Dragon and Tiger Pagodas

    It is a temple, built in 1976, located at the Lotus Lake in Zuoying District, Kaohsiung. One of the pagodas is the Tiger pagoda, the other one being the Dragon pagoda. There is a folk tale that a wish of yours may come true after you have entered the Pagodas from Dragon’s mouth then walked up and down those two Pagodas, and exitted from the Tiger’s mouth.

  • Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

    Covering an area of more than 100 hectares in Kaohsiung, this religious culture attraction features the 108 meter high Fo Guang Big Buddha, the tallest sitting bronze Buddha statue in the world, and many other attractions such as the holy relics of the Sakyamuni Buddha in the Main hall, the Three Acts of Goodness Children’s Gallery, Cultural Square at the Four Givings Pagoda, House of Joy and Celebration at the Five Harmonies Pagoda, and sutra transcriptions, prayer service, and Tea Chan at the Twin Pavilions.

  • Jiufen

    This used to be a mining community for most of its recent history, so tunnels are commonly found in here. And some tunnels are still functional and usable that you could go through them in roaming around Jiufen. In fact, it is one of the places that inspired the creators of the Studio Ghibli’ Spirited Away , as being in Jiufen may give you the surprise and magic feels of coming out of a tunnel and be lead into a different world just like when Chihiro and her parents go through the tunnel and into the town.

  • Pingxi

    Write your wishes on a lantern then launch it into the sky in Pingxi. Don’t forget to document it and have pictures along the train rails while your lantern flies up the sky.

  • National Parks

    Taiwan is abundant of picturesque and well-maintained nature parks (lots of them in Taiwan! 9 in total!). Make sure to visit these when you get to Taiwan.

    • Yushan National Park – setting for Taiwan’s tallest mountain: Jade Mountain.
    • Taroko National Park – features marble-walled canyons and over half of Taiwan’s animal and plant species. Grottos, scenic bridges, mountainside temples, cliffs, and waterfalls, Taroko National Park is a photographer’s dream and easily Taiwan’s number one tourist attraction.
    • Kenting National Park – Located in the southernmost part of Taiwan, that if you look for it at the map it is quite near Batanes! It is home to caves, mountains and white sandy beaches. Summer season here is so jam-packed with visitors getting their dose of Vitamin Sea.
    • Yangmingshan National Park – can be visited as a day trip destination as it is near Taipei City and it features a lot of hiking trails and it is home to the Seven Star Mountain, Taiwan’s tallest dormant volcano. It is located in the district of Beitou that is famed for its hot springs and marvellous natural sceneries including thermal valleys. Try visiting it during the Spring season and witness the full bloom of Cherry blossoms that are abundant in this park.
    • Shei-Pa National Park – is found near the border of three counties, Taichung, Hsinchu, and Miaoli. There are a large number of mountains in this park including Xueshan (Snow Mountain), the second highest peak in Taiwan after Yushan (Jade Mountain).
    • Taijiang National Park – Located not far from Tainan, this park is home to a wide range of fish, crustaceans, mammals and birds, as well as areas of wetland. A popular highlight of the park is its area of salt flats, which were once a huge part of a thriving Taiwanese salt industry. The Black-faced Spoonbill is a protected bird here and even has its own conservation center which is open to visitors.
    • South Penghu Marine National Park – You can watch dolphins and whales on islands of Donji and Xiji Island and could even see upto 240 species of fishes along the coral reefs. Moreover, Penghu County is home to the archipelago of 90 islands and islets a.k.a. Pescadores Islands, so you will never run out of watersports to do in this park.
    • Kinmen National Park – is one of the best birdwatching places in Taiwan. It is also a habitat to the protected species of the Eurasian otter. Furthermore, wonderful beaches are also found on this national park as well as four hiking trails on Taiwu Mountain, and even underground tunnels to visit that has history that could be traced way back wartime’s past.
    • Dongsha Atoll National Park – is home to a marine park that is a habitat for various kinds of marine life, from jellyfish to squid to sicklefin lemon sharks.

For more travel destinations in Taiwan such as Shifen Old Street and Shifen Waterfalls, Zhongshe flower farm, Taoyuan Hot air Balloons in Shimen Reservoir, Yehliu Geopark and many more, check out here. And if you are a Meteor Garden fan, take a trip down memory mane and visit these Meteor Garden filming locations in Taiwan. For tours and transportations, you may book at Klook app.

Foodie trip

Many of the typical Taiwanese dishes are less salty and less sweet as compared to Filipino dishes but there are a lot of exceptional dishes that you should try while in Taiwan.

  • Stinky tofu

    Highly unpleasant, pungent smell fermented tofu, usually deep fried.

  • Milktea

    Milktea stores are found on almost every corners of Taiwan selling many variations of the all-time favorite drink, varying from toppings, flavors and even temperature! Taiwan has four seasons and during its winter and autumn seasons, hot milktea is a best go-to warming drink but can also be drank after eating greasy food.

  • Beef noodle soup

    Beef noodle soup is a MUST eat in Taiwan. The melt-in-your-mouth beef and super-rich broth that once you’ve tried, your tastebuds might mock other beef noodle soup that you will have in the future. And if you have TWD10,000 or around Php19,000 to spare, try one of the most expensive beef noodle soup called Presidential Beef Noodle Soup that can be found in Niu Ba Ba Restaurant or Beef Father Restaurant, Neihu District, Taipei City.

  • Misua with oyster

    Usually served hot, it is wheat vermicelli cooked in rich bonito-flavored thickened soup, topped with juicy, plump, fresh oysters and/or pork intestine, and optionally can also have a little kick of chili sauce on top.

  • Braised pork rice

    A simple but delectable hot and aromatic pork and sauce on top of steamy white rice.

  • Pan-fried Bun

    A night-market snack that is crispy and chewy on the outside and juciy on the inside pan-fried buns filled with pork, chives, cabbage, shrimps, and bean noodles.

Take note that the English language is not commonly used in Taiwan so it would be better if you equip yourself with some Mandarin words and phrases for survival such as:

  • Duōshǎo qián? – How much?
  • Zhūròu – pork (meat)
  • Niúròu – beef (meat)
  • Jīròu – chicken (meat)
  • Xīnlà de – spicy
  • Báifàn – plain rice
  • Chǎofàn – fried rice
  • Tāng – soup
  • Miàntiáo – noodles

And don’t forget to say Xièxie2 when receiving your foods. To know more foods to try when you are in Taiwan, check out Taiwan Heart of Asia site.

How to manage your Taiwan Trip budget

Visiting Taiwan doesn’t have to cost outrageous amount from your budget. In fact as per PinoyAdventurista, 5days and 4nights trip to the country where milktea originated can only cost you Php14,000.

But make sure to not forget to still bring ample cash if you plan to shop pasalubongs (like pineapple cakes!) and souvenirs. Also, make sure to bring backup sources like debit cards that you can use to withdraw funds from ATMs worldwide just like the Security Bank Mastercard Debit Card. And minimize your travel cost as much as possible by using your credit card rewards points in purchasing flight tickets, booking hotels and even in shopping. If you don’t have credit card yet, check out this Security Bank Mastercard Credit Card that can be used worldwide and even offer installments and ready cash services whenever and wherever you needed.

When getting your plane tickets, check patiently from time to time the ticket prices in Google flights or Skyscanner. And be sure to be one of the first ones to know about airline promos by following their social media accounts, constantly checking their websites and applying for their free memberships. Know more hacks about how to score cheap airline fares by checking this blog. And for hassle-free travel, be guided of the common travel mistakes and tips on avoiding them by reading this blog.

For airlines offering direct flights from Philippines to Taiwan, check this list:

So what are you waiting for? Book that flight to Taiwan now and fill your social media accounts with pictures of Taiwan foods you ate and iconic spots you visited. Don’t forget to share this blog to your family and friends who are also planning to visit Taiwan. Hope this curated 2022 Taiwan travel guide for Filipinos will make your travel-planning easier.

And if you are also aiming to go to Singapore this year, check out this curated 2022 Singapore Travel Guide for Filipinos.


(1) Nǐ hǎo – Hello
(2)  Xièxie – Thank you



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