Philippines : Visa-Free Travel for Eligible Chinese Nationals

Chinese nationals who hold valid visas for the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, and the Schengen Area may now enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for seven days.

The Philippine Bureau of Immigration recently announced that nationals of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) who hold valid visas issued by the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, and the Schengen Area may travel to the Philippines visa-free and receive 9A (Temporary Visitor) status for seven days. 9A status is suitable for tourist and business activities, short-term work assignments with a Special Work Permit, and conversions from visitor status to a long-term employment or immigrant status in-country.

Previously, PRC nationals were required to apply to a Philippines diplomatic post for a 9A visa that was typically issued for a 59-day period. This change gives eligible PRC passport holders the same standing as Chinese nationals holding Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, British National Overseas, Macau Special Administrative Region, and Macau-issued Portuguese passports, who are also eligible to receive 9A status for seven days upon arrival.

Like all foreign nationals in 9A status, qualifying PRC passport holders may extend their 9A status while remaining in the Philippines.

In preparing this alert, Fragomen has worked closely with Buan & Temprosa Law Offices in Manila, Philippines. The content herein is provided for informational purposes only.

If you have any questions regarding this alert, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Global Immigration Services or send an email to APCCInitiations@fragomen.com.

Source: Fragomen

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