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Philippines Orders Nearly 3,000 Overstaying Chinese Nationals to Leave

The Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines has ordered nearly 3,000 Chinese nationals to leave the country for overstaying and infringing the conditions of their visas, a top immigration official announced on Tuesday.

The Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines has ordered nearly 3,000 Chinese nationals to leave the country for overstaying and infringing the conditions of their visas, a top immigration official announced on Tuesday.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement on Tuesday that from January to October, 2,736 Chinese nationals were granted visas upon arrival (VUA) but the tourists failed to leave Philippines on the date of their scheduled departure.

According to the rules amended by the Department of Justice and the Department of Tourism, Chinese tourists who entered Philippines through the VUA program are not allowed to extend their stay in the country beyond 30 days.

“More than half of those who were ordered to leave were blacklisted from our country,” said Morente. “While some were unable to leave due to circumstance, following the cancellation of many flights due to the pandemic, those who stayed without sufficient basis were included in our blacklist.”

The VUA program which has been implemented three years ago allows Chinese nationals to stay in the country for 30 years without the need to apply for visas at Philippine consulates in their place of origin.

“VUA arrivals account for only around 5% of total Chinese arrivals in the country. Most of those who arrived already secured their entry visas from our foreign posts abroad,” Morente added.

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