7 more countries granted visa-free privilege-A A +A
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday that nationals of seven more countries will now enjoy visa-free privilege to enter the Philippines for a period of stay of 30 days.
These countries are Belize, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The privilege aims to promote tourism and investments from these countries, the department 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,” said DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis.
The decision is a product of inter-agency coordination with the Bureau of Immigration, Department of Tourism, Department of Justice, Philippine Center on Transnational Crime, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency and the National Security Council.
Meanwhile, the DFA said Somalia has been removed from the list of countries whose nationals enjoy visa-free privilege.
No reason was given for this development.
Somali nationals may apply for visas at Philippine embassies or consulates in their countries of origin or residence.
Nationals of countries who may enter visa-free can avail themselves of the privilege by presenting a national passport valid for at least six months beyond the contemplated period of stay and a return ticket to the country of origin or onward ticket to the next country of destination.
With the addition of seven countries, nationals of 157 countries are now with visa-free privilege in the Philippines. (SDR/Sunnex)