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Reciprocity urged over Philippine visa-free status

2017-09-28
  • Foreign ministry official Winston Chen

    Foreign ministry official Winston Chen

    The government is calling on the Philippines to grant Taiwanese passport holders visa-free treatment based on the principle of reciprocity. (CNA file photo)

The government is calling on the Philippines to grant Taiwanese passport holders visa-free treatment based on the principle of reciprocity. That’s the word from foreign ministry official Winston Chen on Thursday.

 

Chen said the government has decided to give Philippine nationals visa-free status on a trial basis and that a concrete plan will be announced within a month.

 

As Philippine passport holders will be able to stay in Taiwan for 14 days visa-free in the future, Chen urged Manila to give the same treatment to Taiwanese passport holders.

 

Chen said, “The foreign ministry will continue urging the Philippine government, based on the principle of reciprocity, to grant the same visa-free status to our citizens. We will work hard on that.”

 

Chen said when it comes to granting visa-free treatment, equality and reciprocity is one factor. He said the government will also take national interests into consideration.