Add'l requirement for China nationals to get temporary PH visa

Add’l requirement for China nationals applying for temporary PH visas—DFA

/ 02:55 PM June 13, 2024

DFA re Chinese applying for temporary PH visa

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MANILA, Philippines — Chinese nationals applying for temporary visitor’s visas at Philippine foreign service posts will now be required to submit their Chinese Social Insurance Record Certificates, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced.

“The additional visa requirement is part of [our] continuing efforts to enhance [our] visa policies and regulations for the safe and efficient entry of foreign visitors,” said DFA in an advisory on Thursday.

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According to the agency, the submitted certificate must be registered for at least six months at the time of the submission of the visa application.

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“Exceptions to the abovementioned visa requirement will only apply to Chinese nationals currently enrolled in primary, secondary, or college education who will be required to submit proof of enrolment, and retirees above 55 years old,” said DFA.

“Other exceptions to the requirement will only be considered on a case-to-case basis,” it added.

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While the implementation of additional visa requirement took place amid China’s aggression in the West Philippine Sea, DFA earlier maintained that the change in the government’s policy “is not necessarily related to other national security concerns.”

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Gary Domingo, however,  said the change was made following “headline discovery of fraudulently-obtained passports and visas resulting in the illicit entry and overstay” of foreigners in the Philippines.

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