What has become of Cebu Pacific, a marketer and public relations firm of Taiwan? Instead of encouraging people to visit the Philippines, to promote its own destinations, CebPac seems to be promoting more Taiwan because of its visa-free entry until July 31 this year. In essence, does it want our dollars to go to Taiwan instead of asking tourists to come to the Philippines? Or is there some form of equity infusion from Taiwan into CebPac?
Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) has encouraged travelers to visit Taiwan as visa is not required for visitors staying for a maximum of 14 days.
The budget carrier said Filipino tourists can travel Taiwan visa-free until July 31, 2023. Taiwan is just a two-hour flight from the Philippines.
CEB flies the Manila-Taipei-Manila route daily, "allowing every Juan to visit the much-missed destination for its bubble tea and dim sum dishes any day they want."
Filipino tourists also can now experience the island's vibrant night market and delicious street food as the Covid-19 protocols for inbound travelers have been eased.
Prior to pandemic, around 510,000 Filipino tourists visited Taiwan under its visa-free privilege, which was piloted in 2017.
The airline added that travelers are no longer required to present a negative Covid-19 test result and proof of vaccination prior to arrival to Taiwan.
However, those who test positive before their visit need to defer their flights for at least five days from their test date.
Taiwan is home to the famous Shilin Night Market which hosts a wide variety of souvenir stores and food stalls. "Every Juan can also enjoy unique dishes like the popular extra-large fried chicken cutlet and stinky tofu and go around Taiwan's shopping malls."
The carrier is set to restore 100 percent of its pre-Covid network and capacity in March 2023. It now flies to 34 domestic destinations and is set to restore all its 25 international destinations in the first quarter of the year.
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