Tigerair Taiwan Will Fly Straight Cebu to Taipei

Tigerair Taiwan will begin flying directly Cebu to Taipei starting December 1, 2018. This is the airline's response to the steady increase in the demand for flights to Taiwan. The initial schedule for flights is every Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. You can book your tickets at www.tigerairtw.com.

Screenshot of Tigerair Taiwan website.

With this new route, Tiger Air Taiwan will compete with Philippines' largest airline, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia Philippines. The three will utilize the newly-opened Terminal 2 of Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

No Visa Policy Until July 31, 2019

The increase in demand for Taiwan fights is undoubtedly influenced by the relaxed visa policy of Taiwan for Philippine passport holders. Filipino visitors are allowed visa-free entry to Taiwan if they will only stay there up to 14 days. This experimental policy was implemented starting November 1, 2017 and was initially set to expire July 31, 2018. After that period of evaluation, the no-visa policy was extended until July 31, 2019.

Taiwan is now among the 161 countries in which Philippine passport holders can enter without visa. And since Taiwan is one of Philippines' closest neighbors, it has become a convenient place for international travel and recreation.

You may wonder where's Tiger Air Philippines. Well, the short answer is: it was acquired by Cebu Pacific in 2014 and re-branded as Cebgo the next year.