DFA hopes visa policy won't affect Chinese arrivals

Posted at 12/04/12 7:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) hopes tourist arrivals from China will not be affected by the government’s new visa policy.

"Chinese tourists are all welcome, all who would like to visit the Philippines. We are promising people-to-people exchange as we have been trying to emphasize. Other aspects of our bilateral relations should move forward," Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Raul Hernandez said.

He asked Chinese visitors not to agonize over the situation. “This will only affect the procedures of stamping our visas.”

About 200,000 Chinese tourists arrived in the country last year.

The DFA sent a circular to all Philippine embassies and consulates worldwide to implement the new procedure on stamping Philippine visas on the visa application forms submitted by Chinese nationals who wish to visit the country.