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DFA grants visa-free privilege to 7 countries

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Department of Foreign Affairs building INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Tuesday that it has granted visa-free privileges to seven countries allowing their nationals to enter Philippines for 30 days.
“Effective today, April 15, nationals of seven (7) additional countries will now enjoy visa-free privilege to enter the Philippines for a period of stay of 30 days,” DFA said in a statement.
“These countries are Belize, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan,” it said.
The granting of visa-free privilege is seen to promote tourism and investments from the countries.
“The [countries] have been emerging as key players in the international economic community and which have growing bilateral ties with the Philippines,” DFA said.
“The DFA fully supports national efforts to attract more tourists and potential investors to the Philippines. In particular, the DFA, through its various embassies and consulates abroad, has been playing an active role in helping the Department of Tourism reach its target of 10 million foreign tourist arrivals by 2015,” DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis, said in the statement.
The DFA also announced that it has removed the visa-free privilege of Somalia putting back the need for Somalis to apply for a visa at Philippine Embassies or consulates.

A list of all countries with visa-free privilege, now numbering 157, is available at the DFA website at https://www.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/site-administrator/visa-information.
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Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

DFA back to regular passport processing next week

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OLD Passports and new e-Passport. PHOTO FROM DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs is to revert to its normal passport processing schedule on Tuesday following the completion of maintenance work on the e-passport system, which had extended the waiting time for passport applicants from April 1.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

PH, US renew defense talks

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Pio Lorenzo Batino, Defense Undersecretary and Chair of the Philippine negotiating panel. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Philippines and the United States (US) resumed talks Thursday on the enhanced defense cooperation agreement, part of which involves the increased rotational presence of US troops in the country.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

DFA identifies kidnapped Filipina in Malaysia

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has identified the Filipina that was kidnapped in Malaysia Wednesday night.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

DFA confirms abduction of Filipina in Sabah

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Department of Foreign Affairs building INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Thursday the abduction of a Filipina and a Chinese tourist in a resort in Semporna, Malaysia.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

No Filipinos hurt in Chile quake—DFA

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People embrace on the upper floor of an apartment building located a few blocks from the coast where they gathered to avoid a possible tsunami after an earthquake in Iquique, Chile, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast Tuesday night. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage, but buildings shook in nearby Peru and in Bolivia's high altitude capital of La Paz. AP

No Filipinos were hurt in the 8.2 magnitude earthquake that struck off the north coast of Chile early Wednesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

DFA condemns latest Ayungin incident between PH, China

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday slammed the Chinese coast guard’s reported attempt to block a civilian Philippine ship off the Ayungin Shoal in the Spratly island.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Release of passports to be delayed by system maintenance work

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OLD Passports and new e-Passport. PHOTO FROM DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday that the release of passports would take a little longer starting April 1 because of a scheduled technical maintenance of its e-passport system.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH remains deeply concerned over Crimea crisis

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DFA spokesman Charles Jose. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Philippine government remains deeply concern and is hopeful that a diplomatic solution is still possible in Crimea despite Russia’s annexation of the peninsula in the southern region of Ukraine, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Spanish top diplomat visits Tacloban

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Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo (center). AP FILE PHOTO

The foreign affairs minister of Spain on Tuesday visited typhoon-stricken Tacloban City to check on the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in the Visayas.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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