Short and difficult! Two words I hear from many foreign travelers re: obtaining a Philippine visa and the length of stay (only 21 days).
|photo lifted from visahq.com|
Soon, tourists from 166 countries can stay in the Philippines for 30 days without a visa. At present, these tourists can stay in the country without visa for 21 days.
Chinese Nationals have been granted a 30-day visa-free stay provided that they are part of a DOT-accredited tour group. Indian nationals are given a 14-day visa-free stay if they have visas from the US, Australia, Japan, Canada, Schengen, Singapore and the UK.
"We need to address the perception abroad that it is difficult to enter the Philippines. With these visa reforms, we will be at par with the entry policies of our neighbors in the region and, for some markets, more liberal. This will definitely help in achieving our target of 10 million foreign visitors by 2016," said DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez.
Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia allow entry of nationals of most countries without visa for stay of up to 30 days. Tourists entering Cambodia are issued visas upon arrival valid for one month, except nationals of ASEAN countries who are allowed to enter visa-free. --DOTThumbs up to the Department of Tourism, Department of Foreign Affairs and Bureau of Immigration!