New policy on Chinese e-passport won’t hurt PH tourism – DFA

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday sought to dispel fears that the Philippines’ new policy on the controversial Chinese electronic passport would have an effect on tourist arrivals from China, saying Chinese nationals who would want to visit the country “are very much welcome.”

“They are very much welcome….We are promoting the people to people exchange as we have been trying to emphasize that the other aspects of our bilateral relations should move forward. We don’t think this will affect the tourism (industry) because we are not stopping them from coming to the country,” DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez told reporters.

The Philippines had started to implement its new policy of stamping its visas on separate visa forms to holders of both old and new Chinese e-passports.

The Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan and India protested a map on a new Chinese electronic passport that depicts disputed areas as belonging to China. Aside from the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also claim all or part of the territories in these waters, believed to be rich in oil and marine resources.

Hernandez emphasized that under the new policy, Philippine visas would be stamped on a separate visa form to be provided by the DFA’s posts abroad to Chinese nationals.

He added that the entry stamps would be affixed by Philippine Immigration officers on the same document and not on the new Chinese passports.

Chinese tourists, as well as many businessmen and students from the mainland, are among the top foreign visitors to the Philippines. Hernandez noted that last year, about 200,000 Chinese tourists visited the country.

“I’m sure that the numbers would be getting higher because our campaign and because of the decision of both governments to continue on and move forward with our bilateral negotiations,” Hernandez said.

Meanwhile, Hernandez noted that the DFA would be monitoring the agencies tasked to implement the new policy to make sure that instructions were being followed properly.

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  • Your_King

    Are they trying to fool us? Having a harder time with visas will indeed hurt tourism. Aquino failing us with his talks with China is hurting the Philippines.

  • Patas

    Mas okay pa sa tingin ko na walang chinese tourist na pumunta sa Pilipinas……the cons outweighs the pros concerning chinese tourists.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4QL52SEHHBS3Q3GQHRMU2CKQVU Garth Dax

    di naman pahirapan ang pagkuha/pagbigay ng visa. di nga lng sa mismong passsport ng chinese tourist itatak/i-stamp ang visa, kundi sa application form.

  • i_am_filipino

    mainland Chinese are totally not welcome when you bring your fake passport. The government can check all your luggage for any fake products such as bags, perfumes, wallets, your nokla, etc and you will be fined for any forfeited products. your fake products fine can help modernizing all our airports and make it more tougher for you to bring all your fake products and your secret chemical weapons placed on fake products.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/STUNX2HEVC6X7UHBZ5AOM65Q2M Teven

      Lol ! you don’t want them to enter your country . but your gov’t says they (Chinese) are 
      VERY MUCH WELLCOME ! After all…. the power of $ prevail over your dignity !

  • Bring back Phils Glory. Unite.

    this report is clueless that doesn’t know where to stand.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    You are not going to stamp the e-passport, period. No more justification one, two, three…enough and back to work ok?!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    MAWALAN KA NA NG TURISTA WAG LANG TERETORYO

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danny-Bravo/100003693617613 Danny Bravo

    bibigyan  ko  sana  ang  dppartment  of  tourism  ng  magandang  pang-akit  sa  turismo  na  pang-  pahaba  ng  buhay  na  nariyan  sa  pilipinas  ang  first  solusyon  ,,,nagwalang  -hiya  naman  itong  mga  fans  ni  pedro  calunsod  ininsulto  ang  diyos  alien  daw,,,,yun  binagyo  pati  yung  japanese  ang  sabil  ay  epal  daw  yun  lumindol,,,,,nakakatamad  tulungan  ang  pilipino….busong,,,,,,,tampalasan  ang  bunganga

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