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#1 Mr. Lee

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:17 PM

Some good news for the single non Filipino people going over to the Philippines. I am not sure when this goes into effect, or if it already has but it seems to have, yet the Bureau of Immigration's website has yet to be update. This change will make life easier for those not married to citizens of the Philippines to visit and spend more time there. This should also help tourism and to boost the economy of the PHL IMO.

Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. announced that visa reforms, which will be implemented soon, will boost the competitiveness of the Philippines as a tourism destination.

The new visa policies were agreed upon by Secretary Jimenez, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario, Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, and Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Ricardo A. David Jr. It now includes the increase in the visa-free privilege for 166 countries/territories from 21 to 30 days, granting of a 30-day visa-free stay to Chinese nationals travelling to the Philippines as part of a tour group handled by a Department of Tourism-accredited Philippine tour operator, and a 14-day visa-free stay for Indian nationals who have a valid American, Japan, Australian, Canadian, Shengen, Singapore, or United Kingdom visa.


The complete release HERE.

A news story I found on this HERE.

The new visa policies include additional visa-freee privilege for 166 countries/territories from 21 to 30 days, granting of a 30-day visa-free stay to Chinese nationals traveling to the Philippines as part of a tour group handled by a Department of Tourism-accredited Philippine tour operator and a 14-day visa-free stay for Indian nationals who have a valid American, Japan, Australia, Canadian, Shengen, Singapore, or United Kingdom visa.

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#2 MrkGrismer

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:33 PM

Kind of strange press release that they are singling out the Chinese nationals as part of a tour group and Indian nationals with valid 1st world visas. However, the wording would seem to indicated that all current 21-day visas will be changed to 30-day visas (166 countries is a I think the current list).

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#3 Mr. Lee

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 08:18 PM

Just to update this thread, for some reason the 21 days visa free stay is still in effect even when it was planned back in March to go to a 30 day visa free stay. Posted Image

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#4 Fritz

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 06:43 AM

Just to update this thread, for some reason the 21 days visa free stay is still in effect even when it was planned back in March to go to a 30 day visa free stay. Posted Image

The press release says that the change has been approved and will be implemented 'soon'.

You have to remember that it is a bureaucratic "soon" and there need to allowances made for revising thousands of government documents and forms before it can be implemented. Expect the change to actually be available late 2015 :P (okay maybe I am being pessimistic, but bureaucracy is not noted for nimbleness :) )

As for the oddity that Mark noted, India and China are not countries on the list of those whose nationals are permitted the 21 day visa stamp. The proclamation breaks them out because they are being given privileges that are not the same as the 30 day stamp for all nationals of the listed countries.

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#5 MrkGrismer

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 12:46 PM

Philippine Bureaucratic process yet. Might take decades...

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