The Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said that the Bureau of Immigration and the country’s foreign posts have been provided with the circulars about the new visa rules regarding Chinese e-passports bearing the image of a South China Sea map.
In a press conference, DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said that the circulars issued applied to all Chinese passports, old and new, so that there would be “no confusion into the implementation.”
“As far as our foreign posts are concerned, they have already received the circular which is effective immediately,” Hernandez said. He noted that the Bureau of Immigration had also been doing all preparations for the urgent implementation of the new policy.
The Philippines and Vietnam have decided not to stamp visas on the Chinese e-passports. Philippine visas will be stamped on a separate visa form for Chinese applicants.
Hernandez explained that under the new policy, Philippine visas would be stamped on a separate visa form to be provided by the DFA’s posts abroad to Chinese nationals.
He added that the entry stamps would be affixed by Philippine Immigration officers on the same document and not on the new Chinese passports.