Immigration Policy on Chinese Visitors Hailed

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Immigration Policy on Chinese Visitors Hailed


The Bureau of Immigration on Sunay received another citation when it was praised by members of the Filipino-Chinese community for further relaxing its policy on the entry of tourists from mainland China.In a letter to Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. president Alfonso Uy lauded the BI chief for granting visa-free entry privileges to Chinese tourists who are frequent international travelers.The federation was referring to a memorandum order that Libanan signed two weeks ago allowing Chinese nationals to enter and stay in the country for seven days without a visa.The new policy specifically applies to Chinese nationals who are holders of valid visas from the United States, Japan, Australia, Canada, and the European Union (Schengen).Libanan reportedly issued the order upon instructions of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in a bid to promote and encourage tourism development in the country.“The new policy is a big boost to our country’s tourism industry especially now that we are vigorously promoting our different scenic tourist spots to the Chinese market,” the federation said in its letter to Libanan.

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