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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Travel News: Foreign tourists may stay in Philippines up to 24 months

MANILA, Philippines -- Citing the arrival of more foreign tourists, the Bureau of Immigration has increased to up to two years or 24 months the length of time visitors may stay in the country.

In a memorandum made public on Monday, Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said tourists may extend their stay in the country every two months up to 16 months. After 16 months, a tourist must submit an application to the bureau’s immigration regulation division (IRD) if he wants to stay up to 24 months.

Beyond 24 months, a tourist would need the approval of the commissioner, the memorandum said.

According to Libanan, he decided to ease the bureau’s policy on visa extensions after learning that the number of tourists who extended their stay during the first semester of the year rose by 21 percent compared to 2006.

He said the BI visa extension office approved from January to June 2007 a total of 196,172 applications for extension of stay, compared to 161,984 in the same period in 2006.

“These statistics indicate that our country is fast emerging as one of Asia’s most favored tourist destinations,” Libanan said in a statement. He said a total of 468,281 foreigners arrived from January to June, compared to 439,526 in the same period in 2006.

Lawyer Gary Mendoza, IRD chief, said the new policy would apply to all foreign tourists regardless of nationality.

By Jerome Aning
Inquirer
Last updated 08:54pm (Mla time) 08/06/2007

14 comments:

rara said...

hello. hindi ko pa po nababasa lahat ng posts mo. sana po mafeature sa blog mo ang cordillera region-abra, kalinga, apayao, ifugao, benguet,mountain province. hindi lang po baguio pero ang buong region. salamat po.

very informative ang posts. salamat din sa pagdaan sa blog ko. more power po.
^_^

Pisanu for BISEAN said...

Huh???? How can we call them "tourists" if they are staying for 2 years?

Your national tourism bureau has just opened the country for illegal workers. *sigh*

6 months is more than enough.*just sharing my thoughts* :-)

Rafe Totengco said...

this is very good news

SabrinaW said...

The picture looks really beautiful! Did you take it urself? After reading thru ur blog, makes me feel like going to Phillipines... hehe

Emmyrose said...

I like your blog and the pictures are magnificent.

conan_cat said...

ehh, staying at philippines for 2 years ah?as a tourist somemore ah? @_o erm if i became a trillionaire overnight and i have that much money to last me staying somewhere as a tourist i guess i might just do just that... lol

SabrinaW said...

Nice, hoping to see more pictures from ur blog.. =)

Anston said...

24months?! Walao eh~ can married a wife & had 2 children liao! haha...

Cool site! is all about tourist favored spots, nice to meet ya :D

This Show said...

Thanks for the kind words on LittleMerman.com. I was wondering if since you're such a great travel blog writer if you'd feel like featuring us as a blog entry?

As you know, LittleMerman.com is web comedy show that follows me as I quit Stand Up Comedy and moved to Florida to become an underwater dancer at the Weeki Wachee mermaid show.

If you feel it's blog worthy I'd be honored!

I'd love to know what you think!

Tom

Link:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=X1vudEbBheA

Reyville of Simply Manila said...

Oh gosh, call me jealous. I wanna go here.

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