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The Department of Tourism (DOT) is eyeing to expand the Visa upon Approval (VUA) policy for Indian nationals as it seeks to further increase tourist arrivals in the country.

DOT Undersecretary Rolando Canizal said the agency is aiming for 100,000 Indian tourists to visit the Philippines this year.

"We are looking at expanding this visa upon arrival to other markets, like for example we are discussing with the Indian market. Hopefully we will be able to allow also the Indian market to use this particular visa policy entry procedure," Canizal said
in a press conference held Tuesday at the DOT office in Makati City.

India has the second biggest population next to China, the DOT said.

The move came after the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said it will be issuing "landing visas" in compliance to Department Circular 041 issued by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II granting visa upon arrival to Chinese nationals.

A landing visa allows a traveller to receive the actual visa at the airport of destination.

The new program is open to Chinese nationals who are members of tour groups organized by DOT-accredited tour operators, businessmen endorsed by local and foreign chambers of commerce and other government agencies, and athletes and delegates to conventions and exhibitions.

DOT Secretary Wanda Teo said the VUA will facilitate ease of travel among Chinese tourists in the Philippines.

"Through the Visa for Approval Program, travel agencies which are accredited by the DOT, can gather information such as the name of the tourist, passport number, and itinerary, among others for online processing to the Immigration office here in the country. Upon arrival, he/she will be issued a visa," she said in an interview.

For his part, DOT Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson Frederick Alegre said the department will be providing training courses on Mandarin language for tourist guides who will assist the Chinese nationals.

The VUA program will be implemented at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and in eight other international airports (Clark, Mactan, and Kalibo) and seaports (Manila, Puerto Princesa, Subic, Laoag, and Caticlan).

Under the rules, interested Chinese nationals may, through their tour operator, apply for their landed visas at the BI for an initial authorized stay of 30 days and they may apply for an extension up to a maximum period of six months.

The DOT is targeting 1 million Chinese tourist arrivals by the end of the year.

Following President Duterte's state visit to China in mid-October 2016 and the lifting of Beijing's travel restriction against the Philippines, Chinese arrivals surged to 675,663 by 2016, up by 37.65 percent from 490,841 in 2015, DOT records show.

The phenomenal increase in Chinese tourist arrivals continued into the first half of 2017 as it jumped 33.44 percent with 454,962 visitors compared to last year's 340,958.

The DOT is likewise aiming for 7 million foreign tourists to arrive in the country by the end of 2017.

 

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Gut für die Tourismus Industrie, ich finde es schön wenn Touristen aus unterschiedlichsten Ländern an den Philippinen erfreuen können. Es gibt noch genug ruhige Ecken für jeden.

 

In Angeles ist mein subjektiver Eindruck, dass weniger Customer aus Malaysia, dafür mehr aus Indien da sind. Ist natürlich nur ne Momentaufnahme und absolut Subjektiv.

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Ob das so gut für den Tourismus ist, wage ich mal zu bezweifeln. Indische Männer sind das absolut Allerletzte........ In Indien pinkeln und scheissen

sie einfach auf die Strasse und das mitten in einer Großstadt. In Thailand sind sie meines Wissens auch extrem unbeliebt. 

Ich war erst vor ein paar Wochen geschäftlich in Indien und bin während der Arbeit beklaut worden. Das ist mir in 20 Jahren nicht passiert!

Das Beste an Indien ist immer wenn ich dieses Sch....land wieder verlassen kann.

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Inder bekommen ein"Visa on Arrival" an einem Immigration Checkpoint, der es ihnen ermöglicht 15 Tage im Land zu bleiben.(Auf Thailand bezogen)

 

Ich war auch schon in Indien und mir hat es dort auch nicht gefallen aber:

 

Ich kann mit pauschalen Verurteilungen von Personengruppen nichts anfangen... Habe erst diese Woche im Sapphire in der Walking Street nen schönen Abend mit den Indern verbracht.

Die haben auch nicht auf die Straße geschissen.;)

 

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1 hour ago, Phlpp said:

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Die haben auch nicht auf die Straße geschissen.;)

 

Dann waren das bestimmt keine echten :bieren:

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... und Koreaner verderben in Angeles und in Cebu die Preise! Ansonsten sind sie aber verträglich. Viele sind sie länger in den in den Phils, um dort Englisch zu lernen.

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Das heisst noch mehr Konkurrenz um die handvoll wirklich attraktiven und verfügbaren Girls in AC.

 

Wie gut, dass ich schon Ende der Neunziger in AC war.
Und wie schade nicht in den Achtzigern in Manila.

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