Tourists from 151 countries to enjoy 30-day no-visa stay in PH
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MANILA, Philippines – Foreign tourists may now stay for up to 30 days in the country without a visa, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Monday.
“Beginning August 1, 2013, nationals from 151 countries with visa-free privileges can stay in the Philippines for 30 days, up from the previous period of 21 days,” DFA spokesman assistant secretary Raul Hernandez told reporters in a press conference.
The extension of the period “aims to facilitate the entry and stay of foreign nationals who plan to engage in tourism activities or explore the Philippines as an investment destination,” Hernandez said.
Foreign nationals would only need to present their passports that are valid for up to six months from the day of their travel to the country.
The nationals from the following countries are eligible for the extension:
Antigua and Barbuda
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Korea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United Republic of Tanzania
United States of America
The nationals of Brazil and Israel will continue to enjoy staying in the country for up to 59 days without a visa “in line with existing bilateral agreements with the Philippines,” Hernandez said.
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