Philippines Visa Rules Catching Up to its Neighbors. Finally!
Replies: 33 - Last Post: Jun 10, 2012 3:05 AM Last Post By: flowers_van
Mar 21, 2012 12:50 PM
Philippines Visa Rules Catching Up to its Neighbors. Finally!Visa rules for most countries will be changed from 21 days up to 30 days. Read here http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/355008/visa-rules-finetuned-to-boost-tourism
Edited by: coriolis
Mar 21, 2012 1:36 PM
Mar 21, 2012 2:27 PM
2YES!!!!! I usually have four weeks vacation ;-) On my last trip I stayed exactly 21 days and the rest in Thailand.
Mar 21, 2012 3:21 PM
Mar 21, 2012 4:04 PM
Mar 21, 2012 4:45 PM
5it's not like it's actually happened yet. A decision has not yet been taken. They're just talking it over. They haven't set a date.
the article is also wrong on the facts. It groups Thailand and Singapore together with Malaysia, when most people from the western countries get 90 days visa exempt in Malaysia, not 30 like in the other two. The long-stay visa, they're probably looking to come up with some sort of variation on Malaysia's My Second Home Program.
remember each of these initatives are not aimed particularly at the white foreigner market, which is small already and will decline in importance in the future. They've made it clear already that they're not particularly interested in that. It's aimed more at Asians - specifically Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans.
Edited by: callippo
Mar 21, 2012 4:52 PM
Mar 21, 2012 9:01 PM
7It's about time, won't help me though, I'm coming fo, do I hear 40, 40, 40 going once.....r a month starting April 11 unless this goes thru lightning fast ...hahaha! We've got 30
Nothing happens lightning fast in Philippines especially legislation.
The Tourism secretary just back from a trade fair in Germany has announced that the government is considering
reducing the CCT tax that airlines are charged in Philippines. The industry have lobbied the government for years but the
appeals always fell on deaf ears. Now that seven European carriers have pulled out of serving Philippines,and the last remaining carrier(KLM) is about to cease operations, they have concluded that the average European tourist spend four times more than an average Korean and are trying to promote Philippines in Europe as a tourist destination
Mar 22, 2012 3:46 AM
8they have concluded that the average European tourist spend four times more than an average Korean.
that's nonsense. The idiot is talking through his ass. Asian tourists spend far more per day on average than the kanos, same way as they spend more as tourists in the other countries like Thailand. The Mango bargirls definitely know this - I've seen them drop the white haired old guy kanos just like that when a group of Koreans or Japanese walk in. They don't call them 222s for nothing.
Mar 22, 2012 4:20 AM
Mar 22, 2012 4:53 AM
Mar 22, 2012 5:53 AM
11They might still be discussing it 10 years from now
Haha, so true! Yes they are just discussing it at the moment, don't hold your breath that it will be implemented. The BoI make so much money from visa waiver extensions for that 21 day to 30 day period, it would be a HUGE loss of income for them.
lonelymechanic, I picked up a leaflet in the Philippines Hong Kong embassy today about retirement visas, I'm in the airport at the moment but will post about it in the next day or so. It requires a hell of a lot of money!
Edited by: loubbylou
Mar 22, 2012 6:12 AM
12I have never been to the Philippines but its on my list of places to go. I hope they do pass this a longer visa is always better.
Here is hoping that the get it passed before i get a chance to go. fingers crossed.
btw. i love the 'Pacman' best boxer i have ever seen. the face of the Philippines for me.
Edited by: agebull
Mar 22, 2012 7:37 AM
13I am not pessimistic about this. I think the Aquino government is dead serious in trying to pull the Philippines out of the black hole but it will take time especially with the current bureaucratic system. I do not foresee any major improvements during the term of Aquino but the next President will benefit from his reforms. You have to start somewhere to reach the top.
Mar 22, 2012 4:57 PM
14I have never been to the Philippines but its on my list of places to go. I hope they do pass this a longer visa is always better
What they will give you for 21 days or 30 day is not a visa, it is a visa waiver.
If you want to arrange a visa, it is 59 days. Then after 59 days, you can extend every 2 months to a maximum of 2 years.
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