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U.S., China impose visa restrictions on each other in Tibet row

Jul 08, 2020 - 6:12 PM

The Tibet action comes under a 2018 law passed by Congress that aims to pressure China over its tight restrictions in the Himalayan region

TIBET ROW. In this file photo, a lama stands on the roof of the Ganden Sumtsenling Monastery in Shangri-La, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of southwest China's Yunnan Province on January 5, 2016. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

European banks team up to offer alternative to Visa, Mastercard

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:25 PM

(UPDATED) Banks join forces for the European Payments Initiative, 'a new standard means of payment for European consumers and merchants' eyed for rollout by 2022

U.S. restricts visas for Chinese officials over Hong Kong

Jun 27, 2020 - 12:27 AM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US would restrict visas for unspecified current and former officials linked of the Chinese Communist Party 'who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong's freedoms'

CALL FOR FREEDOM. In this file photo, protesters march on a road during a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Trump visa freeze delivers blow to U.S. tech sector

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The US tech industry has long relied on skilled immigrants to fill key positions of engineers, data scientists and other jobs in high demand

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 23, 2020, in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Bato dela Rosa joins senators in welcoming shelved VFA termination

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:37 PM

'Foreign policies can be flexible at times,' says Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa, whose canceled US visa triggered President Duterte's earlier decision to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement with the US

NO US VISA. Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa says he has no US visa yet even as the President suspended the abrogation of the visiting forces agreement. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. embassy cancels immigrant, non-immigrant visa interviews until June 11

May 28, 2020 - 6:38 PM

The United States embassy in Manila is unable to provide a specific date when it will resume visa services, but hopes to do so 'as soon as possible'

US Embassy in Manila. File photo from AFP.

No fines for expired UAE visas

Apr 04, 2020 - 12:02 AM

'All people holding any kind of UAE visas or residency will be exempted from any fines for a renewable period of 3 months,' says a senior immigration official

Your UAE visit or residence visa application can be rejected for these reasons

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Absconding and credit card issues top the list

REASONS FOR REJECTION. A travel manager at MPQ Tourism, a travel agency that processes visas, shares two main reasons why UAE visa applications get rejected. Photo by Jojo Dass

FALSE: U.S. embassy 'suspends' tourist visas due to virus, VFA scrapping

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:51 PM

The United States embassy in the Philippines denies issuing such an advisory. The screenshot supposedly from the embassy's website also contains spelling errors.

U.S. embassy in PH denies suspending visa applications

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:37 PM

The US embassy in the Philippines refutes misinformation it revoked tourist visas due to the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus and Duterte's threats to end the VFA

NO SUSPENSION. The US Embassy in Manila denies claims it would cancel tourist visas over the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak and President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement. File photo by AFP

PH expands visa suspension for travelers from China, Hong Kong, Macau

Feb 02, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The Philippines temporarily stops issuing visas to foreigners coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macau due to the novel coronavirus outbreak

A screen showing the body temperatures of arriving passengers is seen at a health monitoring station as a precautionary measure to protect against the possible spread of a SARS-like virus outbreak at Hong Kong International Airport ahead of the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. - Hong Kong has turned two holiday camps, including a former military barracks, into quarantine zones for people who may have come into contact with carriers of the Wuhan virus, officials announced on January 23. The international financial hub has been on high alert for the virus, which has killed 17 people since the outbreak started in central China. (Photo by VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP)

PH suspends visa issuance for travelers from Hubei over coronavirus scare

Jan 29, 2020 - 10:31 AM

The latest directive widens the scope of restrictions taken by the Philippine government to manage the novel coronavirus situation in the country

CLOSED. In this file photograph taken on January 12, 2020 a woman walks in front of the closed Huanan wholesale seafood market, where health authorities say a man who died from a respiratory illness had purchased goods from, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Panelo to U.S.: State reason for Dela Rosa's canceled visa 'out of courtesy'

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the United States should give an explanation since there should be courtesy 'among allies'

'COURTESY.' Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the United States should disclose why it cancelled Senator Ronald Dela Rosa's visa. Malacañang file photo

PH suspends visa on arrival for Chinese visitors due to coronavirus scare

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:44 PM

There is no policy to bar Chinese visitors in general, so those who have other valid visas can still enter the Philippines, says Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente

CORONAVIRUS SCARE. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of new strain of Coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

U.S. to limit visas for pregnant women to curb 'birth tourism'

Jan 24, 2020 - 10:17 AM

The White House says foreigners are using the visas 'to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil'

DOCTOR'S ADVICE. Sleeping on the side is better for the baby. Image from Shutterstock, CC BY-SA

Imee Marcos spreads 'tsismis': U.S. 'revokes' Lorenzana's visa too

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:39 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he doesn't know what Senator Imee Marcos is talking about

US VISIT. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana at the Department of State, September 19, 2018. File photo by Michael Gross/State Department

After canceled U.S visa, Dela Rosa may face 'far bigger problems' – HRW

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Human Rights Watch Asia Advocacy Director John Sifton says Senator Ronald dela Rosa, one of the architects of the government's bloody drug war, 'may still have a date with justice'

Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa speaks to media on the cancellation of his US visa on January 22, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH makes visa upon arrival 30 days only for Chinese tourists

Jan 12, 2020 - 12:28 PM

The amendment also prohibits conversion of the VUA to other types, such as work visas

DFA warns Filipinos against using fake Korea visa services

Nov 04, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also asks the public not to share social media posts advertising the fake visa schemes

More companies back away from Facebook's Libra coin

Oct 13, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Visa, Mastercard, eBay, Stripe each change their minds about being founding members of the Libra Association assembled to promote the digital currency

Russia offers e-visa privilege for PH starting October 2019

Sep 29, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Filipinos can visit Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region with a free e-visa for a stay of up to 8 days

E-VISA. Filipinos can visit Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad region of Russia with an e-visa starting October 1, 2019. File photo by AFP

LOOK: Qatar gov't opens visa center in Philippines

Sep 29, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Processing of Qatar visa applications will be free for overseas Filipino workers. The Qatar Visa Center will also serve as a place for Filipinos to review and sign employment contracts.

Saudi Arabia offers tourist visas for first time

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:39 PM

The kingdom also eases its strict dress code for foreign women, allowing them to go without the body-shrouding abaya robe that is still mandatory public wear for Saudi women

Visa-upon-arrival scheme for Chinese to be ‘tightened,’ not scrapped

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:48 PM

One proposal considered at the August 5 Cabinet meeting is ‘automatic blacklisting’ of Chinese nationals who overstay after benefiting from the VUA scheme

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 1, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH 'refining' visa on arrival for Chinese due to overstaying issues

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Triggered by statements of concern on the influx of illegal Chinese workers, the Bureau of Immigration is also now considering the possibility of scrapping the scheme altogether

Duterte to study removal of 'visa on arrival' privilege for foreigners

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:47 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr makes the suggestion after National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr raised security concerns over the surge in the number of Chinese working in the Philippines

PHILIPPINE GATEWAY. Tourists head to Philippine immigration officials upon their arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jae Maryanol  STRICTER RULES. The Bureau of Immigration has imposed stricter work permit requirements for foreigners. Photo by Jae Maryanol

[OPINION] The visa nightmare and Filipinos' need for stronger passports

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:00 AM

What’s the use of having 4 Miss Universe crowns when Filipinos cannot even freely explore the world we live in?

Taiwan extends visa-free privilege for PH till July 2020

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:47 PM

(UPDATED) Filipinos can visit Taiwan visa-free for 14 days until July 31, 2020

VISA-FREE. Taiwan extends the visa-free privilege for Filipinos until July 31, 2019. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Foreigners may soon need working visa, TIN to work in PH

Jun 11, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The rise in illegal foreign workers in the Philippines is discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Monday, June 10

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. starts requiring social media details for visas

Jun 02, 2019 - 12:07 PM

The United States now requires visa applicants to disclose the social media platforms and usernames they have used in the past 5 years

MORE VETTING. The United States wants to add another layer of security for its visa application. Shutterstock photos, Rappler screenshot

Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year's end

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Qatar introduced a series of labor reforms since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which sets in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

NEW POLICY. Migrant workers eat during a break at a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Photo by AFP

Supreme Court suspends ballot recount in VP protest | Evening wRap

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Ralf Rivas

U.S. declares Philippines ineligible for H-2A, H-2B visas

Jan 22, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The Philippines says it is open to working with the United States to address the visa concerns

Image from Shutterstock

Hong Kong lawyers demand explanation over journalist ban

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Hong Kong's powerful bar association says the rights enshrined in Hong Kong's mini-constitution, including freedom of expression, should be respected 'whether one agrees with the information or ideas or not'

BANNED. In this photo taken on August 14, 2018, Victor Mallet, a Financial Times journalist and vice president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club speaks during a luncheon at the FCC in Hong Kong, during which Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party, gave a talk. File photo by Paul Yeung/Pool/AFP

Bahrain Flexi Visa to help 3,000 undocumented OFWs

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says it is seeking 'pathways for regularization' for overseas Filipino workers

BAHRAIN WORKERS. Workers at a borehole in the desert of Bahrain, Middle East. File photo from Shutterstock

Why 'X Factor UK' contestant Maria Laroco was denied a US Visa

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:14 PM

The Filipina teen was unable to perform at the Judge's House in the US because she wasn't able to get a US visa

NOT QUITE THE END. Maria Loroco says she'll be returning to 'The X Factor UK' – after all, no less than Simon Cowell said so himself. Photo by Precious del Valle/Rappler

Philippines denies extension of Sister Fox's missionary visa

Sep 16, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox is now required to apply for a 59-day temporary visitor's visa, says the Bureau of Immigration

IMMIGRATION WOES. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox appears at the Bureau of Immigration on September 3, 2018, as she considers applying for a tourist visa two days before her missionary visa expires. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Japan makes it easier for Filipinos to get multiple-entry visa

Aug 01, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The relaxed requirements for multiple-entry visas to Japan for citizens of the Philippines take effect August 1

Taiwan extends visa-free entry for Filipinos until July 2019

Jul 12, 2018 - 11:56 AM

The trial period of the visa-free privilege 'will continue until July 31, 2019, and will be reviewed for further extension,' says the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

VISA-FREE. Taiwan extends the visa-free privilege for Filipinos until July 31, 2019. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

PH eyes shorter visa on arrival process for Chinese travelers

Jul 05, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The Department of Tourism says it is looking at major markets China and India for its plan to facilitate easier entry to the country

TOURISM. Department of Tourism spokesperson Bong Bengzon speaks to hotel owners and marketing representatives in Makati City on July 5, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

British lesbian wins spousal visa case in Hong Kong

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:42 PM

'QT,' who entered into a civil partnership in Britain in 2011 and moved to Hong Kong with her partner the same year, is backed by major financial institutions in her fight for visa rights in the economic powerhouse

LOVE WINS. Pedestrians walk outside the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong on July 4, 2018. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Visa close to 'normal' after outage blocks transactions across Europe

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:01 AM

A spokesman says it is not possible to say how many Visa users across Europe had been affected

Korea visa application in PH only through travel agencies starting July

May 31, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Here is the list of travel agencies designated by the Korean embassy to accept visa applications

Qatar to scrap controversial exit system for workers – experts

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:01 PM

(UPDATED) Critics slam the exit visa system as a prime example of the Gulf state's exploitation of its vast migrant workforce

Australian nun to be deported, Grab on passenger destination, PH apologizes to Kuwait | Midday wRap

Apr 25, 2018 - 12:51 PM

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China's Hainan island is now visa-free for Filipinos

Apr 19, 2018 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) The move is part of China's international tourism push

VISA-FREE. Hainan island is now visa-free for 33 more countries. Shutterstock image

I was denied a U.S. visa, and it's very personal

Apr 14, 2018 - 9:21 AM

The embassy officer told me I could reapply if and when my 'circumstances change.' What circumstance has to change before we beat colonial presumptions and call ourselves worthy to travel this world freely?

VISA APPLICATIONS. The US Embassy in Manila attracts thousands visa applicants per day. .

DOJ sacks 3 employees over visa racket

Feb 02, 2018 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also orders an investigation into the employees, and puts them on the immigration lookout

BDO makes EMV card shift, to disable old magnetic stripe cards by Feb 1

Jan 25, 2018 - 3:10 PM

The bank encourages customers who still have the magnetic stripe card to have it replaced at BDO branches on or before January 31

MORE SECURE. EMV cards have an embedded chip in them which helps protect against fraud better compared to cards that use the magnetic strip

Everything you need to know to apply for a Schengen visa

Jan 17, 2018 - 2:56 PM

(UPDATED) If a 21-year-old can do it, so can you. Here are all the details you will need to get that elusive visa!