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30 days lang sa ‘Pinas: Guevarra wants to tighten visa upon arrival rules

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Saturday (August 17) there will be a stricter implementation of the visa upon arrival (VUA) system to prevent Chinese nationals taking advantage of it.

“The DOJ (Department of Justice) and the BI (Bureau of Immigration) are tightening up the rules on the issuance of visa upon arrival (VUA),” he said.

“We intend to limit the maximum permissible period to 30 days, blacklist overstaying aliens, ensure non-convertibility to work visas, and impose sanctions on travel agencies breaking the rules,” he added.

With this, Guevarra pointed out there is no need for the proposal of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. to stop the VUA system and only let consular offices to issue visas.

Locsin had explained the move is meant to address concerns regarding the influx of Chinese in the country.

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has been issuing VUA since 2017 in response to calls of the Department of Tourism (DOT) to get more Chinese tourists.

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