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Friday, June 22, 2012

Visa free entry for Indians in the Philippines

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Manila, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said yesterday that Indians may stay in the country for two weeks without visas.

According to Tempo Dot Com, Immigration Commissioner Ricardo A. David Jr. said that he has issued a memorandum circular allowing Indians to enter the Philippines visa free. David said this is as long as they are holders of a valid visa from the European Union (EU) or any of six other countries.
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Aside from EU Schengen visa, David said the privilege may also be availed of by an Indian with a visa from either the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and United Kingdom.

“Indian nationals who avail of this scheme will be granted an initial stay of 14 days, which may be extended for an additional seven days,“ the BI chief said. He said, however, that the stay must not exceed 21 days.

Previously, Indian tourists are required to apply for an entry visa with a Philippine consulate in their port of origin before coming here.

According to David, the new policy is based on a Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) circular issued last February which aims to draw more foreign tourists to the country.

The rules provide that aside from having any of the seven mentioned visas, an Indian traveler’s passport must be valid for at least six months and he or she must have a return ticket or an onward ticket to the next country of destination.

Also, the Indian must have no derogatory record with the BI, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, and the International Police Organization (Interpol).

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