Visa-Free Extension to Benefit Work Permit Processing, Some Business Activities

26 Jul 13

PHILIPPINES

As of Aug. 1, foreign workers will more easily be able to begin the in-country work permit process, and will have more time for certain permitted business activities. As of this date, the Philippines is extending the visa-free stay period from 21 days to 30 days. The change does not affect Israeli and Brazilian nationals, who will continue to be admitted for an initial visa-free stay of 59 days.

To receive visa-free entry into the Philippines, eligible foreign nationals’ passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the intended period of stay. The foreign national must also possess return or onward travel tickets.

While visiting on business, individuals with visa-free status may:

  • Attend meetings or round table discussions.
  • Visit a project site or factory floor for informational purposes.
  • Attend contract discussions.
  • Attend conferences or seminars.

Lengthening the period of visa-free stay is part of an effort to increase foreign tourism. Last month, the government announced a switch from visa stamps to stickers in an effort to protect tourists from fraud and counterfeit scams.

For additional information on Philippine immigration matters, please contact GlobalVisaGroup@balglobal.com.

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