Tourists from 151 countries to enjoy 30-day no-visa stay in PH

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Starting August, visitors from 151 countries can enter the Philippines without a visa and can extend their stay up to 30 days, according to the Bureau of Immigration (BI). AFP FILE PHOTO

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:

Andorra

Angola

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Bahamas

Bahrain

Barbados

Belgium

Benin

Bhutan

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil*

Brunei Darussalam

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde

Central African Republic

Chad

Chile

Colombia

Comoros

Congo

Costa Rica

Cote d’Ivoire

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Fiji

Finland

France

Gabon

Gambia

Germany

Ghana

Gibraltar

Greece

Grenada

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Hungary

Iceland

Indonesia

Ireland

Israel*

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Kenya

Kiribati

Kuwait

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Latvia

Lesotho

Liberia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Malta

Marshall Islands

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mexico

Micronesia

Monaco

Mongolia

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nepal

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Niger

Norway

Oman

Palau

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Poland

Portugal

Qatar

Republic of Korea

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Seychelles

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

Spain

Suriname

Swaziland

Sweden

Switzerland

Thailand

Togo

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Tuvalu

Uganda

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

United Republic of Tanzania

United States of America

Uruguay

Venezuela

Vietnam

Zambia

Zimbabwe

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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  • klepto

    Ang daming perverts at child molesters ang ini-imbita ng gobyerno natin.

    • nick

      nasan yung invitation?

      • izakyakov

        ginagawa pa.. lalagyan pa daw kc ng ribbon para presentable :-)

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Child molestations isn’t acceptable, when considered by the CBCP as a hidden tradition it’s really vomiting !

      Worst than that are the millions abandoned, starving and struggling for survival can be observed on any streets around the country.

      The Philippines is a child death before 5 years old champion.
      Life has no values in this God abandoned Country.

      • R_RR

        Very clear example of bitterness and personal failure you experienced in PH. Go back to Europe – the God fearing continent where churches are abandoned bwahahahaha.,

      • AlexanderAmproz

        God fearing is an unknown notion in Europe,
        its God forgive instead.
        Religions aren’t based on colonialism purposes, only the Spaniards had used this dirty trick for their Colonial Empire,
        The Philippines is the religions, education and social failures best examples, a slavery concept to please the 40 families “owning” 74% of the country, leaving 30% of the population without daily food.
        The environment is totally destroyed and polluted, no safety at all, the food became lousy, theses are the reasons why I left the Philippines and will not come back.

        You should cry, nothing to laugh at,
        ashamed in case you are an despised “elite” or Trapos.

      • Chrisnadal19

        wag na pumatol sa retarded troll.

      • izakyakov

        a chinese retard hiding from a Hispanic name.

      • chingnarciso

        maybe God abandoned the Philippines, but for sure the Bishops and the Cardinals,Priest and Nuns and the so called Born Again Christians and Iglesia ni Cristo didn’t abandoned the Philippines. I wish these so called righteous people will be the one to abandoned Philippines instead of God.

    • dorkstar

      You are the shining example of racism….

      • big dawg

        i htink shining example of ignorance would fit “it” better.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Ignorance and primitive social habits,
        a backward intentional education by the “elites” and Clergy.
        The worst are the administration, Trapos, hotel owners, taxis.

        Highly educated and the Juan de la Cruz, usually wonderful

  • common_juan

    Wala sa listahan ang China ha! hmmm…

    • nick

      pati cuba…

      • common_juan

        ang matindi kasama Netherlands. mukhang me balak ang gobyerno natin ha. u know…hehe.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Most of the westerners have 4 to 6 weeks vacations,
    retired have plenty times and money to be spend.
    21 Days visa and BI harassment’s plain greed and corruptions stupidity are,
    its cultural facts.

    With a 90 Days visa HK understood it successfully,
    a journey in Macao, return is with an other 90 days visa,
    foreigners and tourists enjoying HK instead of RP

    In the Philippines Foreigners are only welcome to be abused,
    in facts RP is a xenophobic and racist discriminative society.

    It isn’t a place for the tourism industry, it can be smelled at once in NAIA,
    Bangkok Airports opposite.

    • nick

      only in your imagination. :D

    • niceguy60

      Western expats yes. But westerners in general who resides in their own country has only 2 to 3 weeks vacation in a year.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        For students it is at least two months.
        In the developed Europe, the paid vacations usually are,
        two weeks at Christmas,
        one week at Eastern,
        one week in November
        or
        four weeks in summertime
        This can be considered a minimum in some advance countries, not in the US who are backward on societal developments

        PS: Used to owned a european company since 1970

      • R_RR

        Too many dole outs and vacations from the so called “developed” Europe. Look at EU now, struggling.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Tell me about Switzerland or Germany, I would be interested, Europe isn’t black or white, not that simple.

        Now it’s the best time of the year to observe how struggling the Europeans . Cities are deserted, except tourist’s, restaurants and hotels are fully booked, from Turkey all over the Mediterranean Sea, from Spain to North Cape, locals, EC members and Schengen 90 days visa are enjoying vacation times.Airports, train Stations and trains are over crowded, didn’t have seen peoples sleeping on the streets and abandoned Children’s. Health cares, Food, education and a place where to sleep for everybody.
        Average life style quality can’t be compared with the rest of the World, it’s not only a question of money but a way of life philosophies.

        NB: Philippines is one of the richest country with the cheapest licking management and Gang’s society structures corroding definitely the country and peoples for very few already filthy rich playing Democracy on the same way others are playing Poker

      • Crazy_horse101010

        american basher why is europe in such bad shape. and im sure america will be bailing them out again. america backwards the only one backwards is you. students with paid vacations since when. with all them vacations is the reason europe is in bad shape. americans work more hours a year than any country passing japan last year. american holidays. new years presidents day martin luther king day memorial day foutrh of july. labor day veterans day and christmas all one day holidays. thanksgiving is two days. and what does a european company have to do with anything except bragging rights.

      • Diepor

        I dont think the us economy is in good shape.
        The Current Outstanding Public Debt of the United States is:
        $16,738,136,405,384.69

        Last Updated: Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

        Every man, woman and child in the United States currently owes$55,091 for their share of the U.S. public debt

      • chingnarciso

        Wow, you are mis inform my friend.I work here in USA and I have a guaranteed two weeks vacation with pay., and if you work more hours the more you accumulate a vacation hours, plus I have a guaranteed forty hours sick leave..and the end I usually get a four weeks vacation plus the guaranteed two weeks holidays. so all in all I have six to seven weeks vacation plus sick leave..peace..

      • AlexanderAmproz

        What about jobless, homeless, health cares, social housing ?
        I have been only five times on the East Cost, Miami, Richmond and New-York, at that time, many sleeping in NY sidewalks
        I have almost none US experiments, never work and never had any employees over there.
        US social services and salaries have a cheap reputation in Europe.

      • chingnarciso

        we are talking about vacations. not social housing and etc.

      • Chrisnadal19

        and why would you believe a troll?

      • chingnarciso

        I don’t think so, it defends..I have six to seven weeks a year, and forty hours sick leave ,it defends how many hours you work for the whole year, plus its defends of the company you work for..In the company I work for, minimum is four weeks vacation a year, and it’s up to you if you use it or sell it back, for money..Sick leave is time an a half pay if you will not use before your anniversary hiring date..don’t put me wrong, I am just talking for myself..sorry to dis agree with you my friend..peace…

    • izakyakov

      This retard chinese is very angry coz his communist country is not included on the list.. PATHETIC!

      • Chrisnadal19

        agree. Chinese and their blind followers are not welcome.

    • kanoy

      there is that myth and misconception again> retired have plenty times and money to be spend??
      time? by the time you retire time has pretty much run out
      money? foreigners save for years and years in hopes to afford a RT ticket and 2-3 days in the cheapest hotel available
      the myth that all foreigners are rich begins and ends in the RP where the majority are born dirt poor and die even poorer—unless they are lucky enough to become an OFW/tourist and go to the USA where Foreign tourists may now stay for up to 30 years in the country without a visa

      • AlexanderAmproz

        How many retired’s in Thailand ?
        For many developed countries there is a minimum of 2000.-$/month,
        not enough in their country,
        China and Thailand are good deal for them !
        Why not RP ?
        Too Expensive, lousy food, hospital’s, security, service’s and cleanness, etc.

  • niceguy60

    Good move. But ensure safety first. CDO bombing turn off country visitors. Personal safety is paramount importance.

  • KarlosRegaza

    Buti naman wala sa listahan ang China at Taiwan. Mga drug addict!

  • izakyakov

    hahaha… yun nga din ang inaantabayanan ko eh.. yung wala sa listahan yung China at Taiwan. Salamat nga at wala sila.. di natin sila kailangan. Our targets are achievable without them.

  • chingnarciso

    Bakit wala ang China??? Hay naku santa maria, santa magdalena,santo jose at santo pedro!!!bakit ninyo hindi inilagay ang China at Taiwan!!!mag kagulogulo ulit sa lansangan,dahil mag proprotesta ulit sina Reyes at ang kanyang alipores, hay naku panginoon, patawarin sana ninyo ang nag balita nito sa balitang ito…

  • mangtom

    AlexanderAmproz: who cares if you don’t come back to the Philippines. Isa ka pang sagabal sa buhay. Did you hear anyone say he/she misses a jerk like you? Good riddance. Stay in he11 where you belong.

  • LSGH 71

    what a coup if we maintain this.. we can now steal some conventions and meetings from Thailand, now we need to improve the airport(s)

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