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#1 Mr. Lee

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 12:12 PM

From what THIS NEWS STORY says, it is now in effect. Good news for those who want to visit or retire to the Philippines and are not a citizen or married to a citizen.

March 29, 2012, 11:24pm

Tourists from 166 countries can now avail of the expanded 30-day free visa upon arrival and six months for retirees as part of the government efforts to prove "It is more fun in the Philippines".

Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez said this in a speech before the General Membership Meeting of the Makati Business Club that the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Immigration have issued circular to extend the free visa upon arrival to 166 countries to 30 days from 21 days and for retirees to enjoy 6 month free visa upon arrival.


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#2 sweetjulie

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:11 PM

From what THIS NEWS STORY says, it is now in effect. Good news for those who want to visit or retire to the Philippines and are not a citizen or married to a citizen.

March 29, 2012, 11:24pm

Tourists from 166 countries can now avail of the expanded 30-day free visa upon arrival and six months for retirees as part of the government efforts to prove "It is more fun in the Philippines".

Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez said this in a speech before the General Membership Meeting of the Makati Business Club that the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Immigration have issued circular to extend the free visa upon arrival to 166 countries to 30 days from 21 days and for retirees to enjoy 6 month free visa upon arrival.




Thanks for posting the new update Mr. Lee. That is very nice, We don't need to avail balikbayan visa, we will be in Philippines for 22 days for our vacation this coming June to July.

Edited by sweetjulie, 31 March 2012 - 01:28 PM.


#3 MrkGrismer

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 12:38 PM

From what THIS NEWS STORY says, it is now in effect. Good news for those who want to visit or retire to the Philippines and are not a citizen or married to a citizen.

March 29, 2012, 11:24pm

Tourists from 166 countries can now avail of the expanded 30-day free visa upon arrival and six months for retirees as part of the government efforts to prove "It is more fun in the Philippines".

Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez said this in a speech before the General Membership Meeting of the Makati Business Club that the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Immigration have issued circular to extend the free visa upon arrival to 166 countries to 30 days from 21 days and for retirees to enjoy 6 month free visa upon arrival.



You think they would update their website: http://www.tourism.g...es/customs.aspx

The thing is, this change is NOT mentioned in any 'official' website that I can find. I am sure it just hasn't 'propagated' yet. But if it was so important you would think they would get a little more on the ball about it.

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