DFA chief wants to end ‘visa upon arrival’ policy for foreigners
Robie de Guzman • August 1, 2019 • 1378
MANILA, Philippines – Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday recommended putting an end to visa upon arrival for foreign nationals amid concerns on the surge of Chinese tourists in the country.
Locsin said foreigners should undergo vetting process by consular offices before getting visas.
The DFA chief made the remark after National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said that the influx of foreigners, especially Chinese nationals in the country poses possible security threat.
“We need to put an end to visas upon arrival; all visas should be issued by consular offices after vetting,” Locsin wrote on his Twitter account.
“We must take extra care in outsourcing any part of the visa application process, picking only the most reputable worldwide,” he added.
The Department of Finance (DOF) earlier found that at least 100,000 foreigners are working in the country without the necessary permits. Most of them are in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) sector.
Most of the POGO employees are Chinese and are supposedly not paying income tax.
The local online gaming sector later agreed with the DOF to terms on tax rates on its foreign workers.
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