IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? The Philippines has issued regulations for its new visa-on-arrival program for Chinese nationals.
What does the change mean? Chinese nationals will be eligible to obtain visas on arrival if they provide (1) a letter from an accredited Philippine tour operator or endorsed by a government entity, (2) three copies of the biographical page of their passport, (3) flight details, and (4) an affidavit describing their intended activity in the Philippines. Tour groups of 20 or more people must provide a USB with the names, dates of birth and (3) passport information for all travelers. Visa-on-arrival applications and supporting documentation must be submitted no less than 10 days before travel.
BAL Analysis: While the Philippines’ new visa-on-arrival program was designed in part to boost business travel from China, the documentation requirements make it hard to tell at this point whether the program will be a viable option for individual business travelers. Chinese nationals traveling to the Philippines should consult with BAL about the visa option that is best for them. At this point, individual business travelers should consider the visa on arrival only as a last-minute alterative. Travelers should note that work activities are not permitted on a visa on arrival, however, and still require work authorization.
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