Tourists who stay in PH on rise—BI


A group of Polish backpackers dine at a local café in Camiguin Island in southern Philippines. The Philippine government is aiming to boost its foreign tourist arrivals by launching the “It’s More Fun In The Philippines” campaign. Photo by Don Lejano/

More and more foreign visitors are extending their stay in the Philippines, indicating that the country remained a favorite tourist destination, according to the Bureau of Immigration.

Records showed that in 2012, the bureau’s visa extension office was swamped with 172,055 applications for extension of stay by foreign tourists, which it approved. The figure was 13-percent higher the previous year’s 151,913 applications.

“Our country remains a favorite tourist destination that many foreign visitors are opting to stay here longer not only for vacation or to visit our tourist attractions but also to explore business and investment opportunities,” said Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. Sunday.

David noted that many foreign visitors opted to extend their stay in the country despite the negative travel advisories issued against it by the United States, United Kingdom, China and other nations over security concerns.

Currently, no visa-required foreign tourists are allowed into the country for 21 days, while visa-required visitors are granted an initial stay of 59 days or almost two months. Jocelyn R. Uy

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  • Diepor

    These polish tourists and other Europian has to land in an other asian country before going to Philippines. That means hours added to the traveltime and that playes a role when Europians plans their holiday. Why cant we get direct flights from Europe ? There was flights with KLM for a while but they stopped because of high fees and alot of problems with all the officials wanting bribes and gifts.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      You can also add the Airport airplanes security equipments where defectives or inexistent, the run way was dangerous, NAIA became internationally blacklisted.
      Airport airplanes infrastructures where in the same conditions as the CR.

      Where the Airport taxes are going ?

  • AlexanderAmproz

    “It’s more fun in the Philippines” I had so many time fun for a day in the BI +++, 
    now I am tired by the BI fun, in case I will like to extend my stay, 
    I will go shopping in HK or China for few days avoiding any harassments, humiliations, blackmail and frustrations of waste of times. 
    Even once I was “retained” half a day in an officer office gap as I refused to bribe them. 
    After 5 hours kidnapped, I decided to call a known high official friend, 
    before he answer the staff changed face color and told me all ok you can go at any time you want… 

    Coming back only to visit nice groups of Pinoy’s, my good friends since 30 years.
    As long you don’t have good connections and country knowledges, NEVER go there, 
    its too dangerous, expensive, abusive and lousy on any aspects, it start at the Airport gate. 

    Never take alone a taxi and better to know the way and fare to the hotel, big suitcases could be a problem in case of emergency to live the taxi.

    World wide standard is usually 3 months without any harassment’s, like in HK, as in many wealthy countries, workers have 4 to 6 weeks vacations, Philippines visa is not good for them.

    The RP 20 days isn’t it to satisfy the BI staff ?

    In Thailand its also 20 days, but the BI is not rude at all, Philippines opposite, 
    but in case you know personally some RP BI officials, they are wonderful.

    Philippines immigration staff is a serious skill and habit problem, don’t fit at all with tourism,
    always feel pity for OFW small potatoes main BI bread.

    For Airport procedures it worth to travel Business class, the best way to be respected as Pilipino’s used to have consideration by fear of the “elites” 

    • Yxon

      Indeed, Mr Amproz, those BI officials are the dregs in the government who had very thick faces. For taxis, well,  you must learn to discern from the taxi’s and the driver’s apperance.  better you get from desks on the lobby outside the airport. If you reach the provinces, especially those in the central and south philippines, there, you could get the true hospitality of the filipinos. particularly in Davao, you are very safe there, even from taxis. 

      • AlexanderAmproz

        The places where I was the best welcome, long time ago, was Tawi Tawi, Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato, but frightening. In the Mountain Province peoples are lovely too.
        At the time I went to Davao, I was Insular Hotel only guest for 3 hours rest, outside civil war raging, went to end my night at the Airport to left the place with the first available seat to any destination, it was Cebu to the charming Magellan Hotel by Cebu golf course, today Ayala Center.
        I have no doubt at all, Pinoy’s are wonderful peoples, but the government Plutocratic “system” with his Clergy is the worst among the sixty countries I have been, except Burma.

      • Yxon

        that time in Davao maybe was during its changing phase (call it cleansing phase-from lawlessness to peace) it is peaceful in there.  you are maybe wrong with regards to the clergy (do yo mean here the priests?). for me I had a pleasant religious experience since i lived here in Davao since 1998. It’s just maybe a wrong impression or a third hand experience for you? or you just have an axe to grind with them.   there maybe those who lack our expectations, but they (clergy) were just the facilitators of the church.  It’s still between you and your God. dont be dragged by their deficiencies, they also answerable for it.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Davao civil war was 1986. 
        In Europe the churches lost ground, and the Vatican his credibility. Pinoy’s don’t have the distance to observe how backward they are on religions, democracy and societal development. This was and is done on purpose to rape the country. This system is drowning the very rich Philippines into one of the poorest to favor few acting on a medieval way.Today Philippines peoples and environment tragic situation is a direct consequence of one of the ugliest colonialism ever existed. This was and is leaded by the Clergy and a Plutocracy still prevalent. Not only 99,99% of the population is ignorant of their own History, but the little they know is totally twisted for greed and opportunism. Wikipedia could be very useful for Pilipino’s to escape a repulsing and fake teaching, at school and in the church, since Magellan, what is wrong is right to turn peoples errant unable to think as their references are fake. The consequences have a horrible human and nature cost, for ever. No time to write a book on this post, sorry.

      • Yxon

        Yes the RC may reduced its ground in Europe, but look where is Europe now. People there could not even give an inch backward for the greater good of the many. Which is very selfish. And who introduced the ills, both spiritual and physical, to the “undiscovered nations”. Its the Europeans. Who raped the resources of these “undiscovered nations”? Its the Europeans. The Spaniards may have brought Catholism in PH; but as of now I dont agree that the RC leads in the environmental tragedy of PH; maybe in helping the victims they are at the front.
        How many centuries did it took France to be a democracy? It’s not that easy for us. Give us time, and we will be there.
        Please, don’t be so high up there i your comments, because the higher you are, the louder thud you will have.
        It seems you are writing bvery on a topic you are not well verse of. For one, there had been no civil wa yet in PH; much more in Davao. What you had experienced was the stand of the local citizens against the communist rebels who are trying to establish grounds in the city.
        Btw, a good advice, please dont write a book. Reading just this short comment of yours already gave me severe headache.

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