New visa rules for travelling to and out of PH
The Japanese government announced that it is on its way to removing visa requirements for visitors holding a Philippine passport.
News agency Kyodo News announced that Japan is opening its doors to Filipinos as part of its ‘revised action plan due in June to make Japan a tourism-oriented country.’ Getting a visa for Japan is one of the toughest to meet in the Philippines because of strict screening requirements.
Japan’s visa policy for Southeast Asian countries was loosened last year: Filipino tourists were allowed to get multiple-entry visas previously reserved only for government officials, travellers on business trips, professors, artists and athletes.
Like Japan, the Philippines is also on its way to be a more tourism-oriented country by offering visa-free privilege to seven countries: Belize, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that visa-free privilege for the said countries was effective yesterday, 15 April. The Philippines now offers citizens of 158 countries the chance to visit the country without a visa for 30 days.
The DFA announced that the privilege is part of growing bilateral ties between the seven countries and the Philippines. If the relationship strengthens, it is not impossible for Filipinos to get the same privilege in the seven countries.
DFA said this move was done to help the Department of Tourism (DOT) reach its goal of hitting 10 million foreign tourist arrivals by 2015.