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More companies back away from Facebook's Libra coin

Oct 13, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Visa, Mastercard, eBay, Stripe each change their minds about being founding members of the Libra Association assembled to promote the digital currency

Russia offers e-visa privilege for PH starting October 2019

Sep 29, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Filipinos can visit Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region with a free e-visa for a stay of up to 8 days

E-VISA. Filipinos can visit Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad region of Russia with an e-visa starting October 1, 2019. File photo by AFP

LOOK: Qatar gov't opens visa center in Philippines

Sep 29, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Processing of Qatar visa applications will be free for overseas Filipino workers. The Qatar Visa Center will also serve as a place for Filipinos to review and sign employment contracts.

Saudi Arabia offers tourist visas for first time

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:39 PM

The kingdom also eases its strict dress code for foreign women, allowing them to go without the body-shrouding abaya robe that is still mandatory public wear for Saudi women

Visa-upon-arrival scheme for Chinese to be ‘tightened,’ not scrapped

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:48 PM

One proposal considered at the August 5 Cabinet meeting is ‘automatic blacklisting’ of Chinese nationals who overstay after benefiting from the VUA scheme

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 1, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH 'refining' visa on arrival for Chinese due to overstaying issues

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Triggered by statements of concern on the influx of illegal Chinese workers, the Bureau of Immigration is also now considering the possibility of scrapping the scheme altogether

Duterte to study removal of 'visa on arrival' privilege for foreigners

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:47 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr makes the suggestion after National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr raised security concerns over the surge in the number of Chinese working in the Philippines

PHILIPPINE GATEWAY. Tourists head to Philippine immigration officials upon their arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jae Maryanol  STRICTER RULES. The Bureau of Immigration has imposed stricter work permit requirements for foreigners. Photo by Jae Maryanol

[OPINION] The visa nightmare and Filipinos' need for stronger passports

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:00 AM

What’s the use of having 4 Miss Universe crowns when Filipinos cannot even freely explore the world we live in?

Taiwan extends visa-free privilege for PH till July 2020

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:47 PM

(UPDATED) Filipinos can visit Taiwan visa-free for 14 days until July 31, 2020

VISA-FREE. Taiwan extends the visa-free privilege for Filipinos until July 31, 2019. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Foreigners may soon need working visa, TIN to work in PH

Jun 11, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The rise in illegal foreign workers in the Philippines is discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Monday, June 10

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. starts requiring social media details for visas

Jun 02, 2019 - 12:07 PM

The United States now requires visa applicants to disclose the social media platforms and usernames they have used in the past 5 years

MORE VETTING. The United States wants to add another layer of security for its visa application. Shutterstock photos, Rappler screenshot

Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year's end

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Qatar introduced a series of labor reforms since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which sets in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

NEW POLICY. Migrant workers eat during a break at a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Photo by AFP

Supreme Court suspends ballot recount in VP protest | Evening wRap

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:41 PM

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U.S. declares Philippines ineligible for H-2A, H-2B visas

Jan 22, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The Philippines says it is open to working with the United States to address the visa concerns

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Hong Kong lawyers demand explanation over journalist ban

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Hong Kong's powerful bar association says the rights enshrined in Hong Kong's mini-constitution, including freedom of expression, should be respected 'whether one agrees with the information or ideas or not'

BANNED. In this photo taken on August 14, 2018, Victor Mallet, a Financial Times journalist and vice president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club speaks during a luncheon at the FCC in Hong Kong, during which Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party, gave a talk. File photo by Paul Yeung/Pool/AFP

Bahrain Flexi Visa to help 3,000 undocumented OFWs

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says it is seeking 'pathways for regularization' for overseas Filipino workers

BAHRAIN WORKERS. Workers at a borehole in the desert of Bahrain, Middle East. File photo from Shutterstock

Why 'X Factor UK' contestant Maria Laroco was denied a US Visa

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:14 PM

The Filipina teen was unable to perform at the Judge's House in the US because she wasn't able to get a US visa

NOT QUITE THE END. Maria Loroco says she'll be returning to 'The X Factor UK' – after all, no less than Simon Cowell said so himself. Photo by Precious del Valle/Rappler

Philippines denies extension of Sister Fox's missionary visa

Sep 16, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox is now required to apply for a 59-day temporary visitor's visa, says the Bureau of Immigration

IMMIGRATION WOES. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox appears at the Bureau of Immigration on September 3, 2018, as she considers applying for a tourist visa two days before her missionary visa expires. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Japan makes it easier for Filipinos to get multiple-entry visa

Aug 01, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The relaxed requirements for multiple-entry visas to Japan for citizens of the Philippines take effect August 1

Taiwan extends visa-free entry for Filipinos until July 2019

Jul 12, 2018 - 11:56 AM

The trial period of the visa-free privilege 'will continue until July 31, 2019, and will be reviewed for further extension,' says the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

VISA-FREE. Taiwan extends the visa-free privilege for Filipinos until July 31, 2019. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

PH eyes shorter visa on arrival process for Chinese travelers

Jul 05, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The Department of Tourism says it is looking at major markets China and India for its plan to facilitate easier entry to the country

TOURISM. Department of Tourism spokesperson Bong Bengzon speaks to hotel owners and marketing representatives in Makati City on July 5, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

British lesbian wins spousal visa case in Hong Kong

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:42 PM

'QT,' who entered into a civil partnership in Britain in 2011 and moved to Hong Kong with her partner the same year, is backed by major financial institutions in her fight for visa rights in the economic powerhouse

LOVE WINS. Pedestrians walk outside the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong on July 4, 2018. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Visa close to 'normal' after outage blocks transactions across Europe

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:01 AM

A spokesman says it is not possible to say how many Visa users across Europe had been affected

Korea visa application in PH only through travel agencies starting July

May 31, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Here is the list of travel agencies designated by the Korean embassy to accept visa applications

Qatar to scrap controversial exit system for workers – experts

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:01 PM

(UPDATED) Critics slam the exit visa system as a prime example of the Gulf state's exploitation of its vast migrant workforce

Australian nun to be deported, Grab on passenger destination, PH apologizes to Kuwait | Midday wRap

Apr 25, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

China's Hainan island is now visa-free for Filipinos

Apr 19, 2018 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) The move is part of China's international tourism push

VISA-FREE. Hainan island is now visa-free for 33 more countries. Shutterstock image

I was denied a U.S. visa, and it's very personal

Apr 14, 2018 - 9:21 AM

The embassy officer told me I could reapply if and when my 'circumstances change.' What circumstance has to change before we beat colonial presumptions and call ourselves worthy to travel this world freely?

VISA APPLICATIONS. The US Embassy in Manila attracts thousands visa applicants per day. .

DOJ sacks 3 employees over visa racket

Feb 02, 2018 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also orders an investigation into the employees, and puts them on the immigration lookout

BDO makes EMV card shift, to disable old magnetic stripe cards by Feb 1

Jan 25, 2018 - 3:10 PM

The bank encourages customers who still have the magnetic stripe card to have it replaced at BDO branches on or before January 31

MORE SECURE. EMV cards have an embedded chip in them which helps protect against fraud better compared to cards that use the magnetic strip

Everything you need to know to apply for a Schengen visa

Jan 17, 2018 - 2:56 PM

(UPDATED) If a 21-year-old can do it, so can you. Here are all the details you will need to get that elusive visa!

LIST: 63 countries where Filipinos can travel visa-free

Jan 13, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Filipinos can visit these 63 countries and territories without securing a visa


The 5 habits of frequent travelers

Nov 17, 2017 - 12:43 PM

How does one become a frequent traveler? Here are some ways you can take more vacations

BDO urges clients to shift to EMV debit cards

Oct 31, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The bank will eventually deactivate the magnetic stripe-only debit card

MORE SECURE. EMV cards have an embedded chip in them which helps protect against fraud better compared to cards that use the magnetic strip

Panglima TNI Gatot Nurmantyo ditolak masuk ke Amerika Serikat

Oct 22, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Pemerintah Indonesia sudah mengirimkan nota diplomatik ke Kementerian Luar Negeri AS

Panglima TNI Jenderal TNI Gatot Nurmantyo menyampaikan Orasi Kebangsaan di Universitas Serang Raya (Unsera) di Serang, Banten, Kamis, 14 September. Foto oleh Asep Fathulrahman/ANTARA

Hapilon and Maute, war on drugs, Catalonia | Evening wRap

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:02 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Taiwan visa-free entry for Filipinos begins November 1

Oct 16, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The trial period for the visa-free entry is from November 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018

VISIT TAIWAN. Taiwan's national flag flutters beside Taipei 101 at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on October 7, 2012. Photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

U.S., Turkey mutually suspend visa services in escalating row

Oct 09, 2017 - 8:55 AM

The diplomatic row is sparked by the arrest of a Turkish staffer at the American mission in Istanbul

Taiwan approves visa-free entry for Filipinos – report

Oct 01, 2017 - 9:16 AM

The trial period for the visa-free policy for Filipinos is expected to be announced in a month

VISIT TAIWAN. Taiwan's national flag flutters beside Taipei 101 at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on October 7, 2012. Photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Here’s how you can step it up for your family

Sep 13, 2017 - 12:35 PM

When it’s time for you to give back you should not compromise your ability to provide for your own future

Kini mengurus visa Selandia Baru jadi lebih mudah

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:18 PM

Melalu mitra perjalanan resmi hanya butuh waktu 3 hari untuk wisatawan mendapatkan visa Selandia Baru

SELANDIA BARU. Kini turis Indonesia semakin dipermudah dengan proses aplikasi visa Selandia Baru yang ringkas dan cepat. OFto dari

From a honeymoon in Buenos Aires, ‘La Cabrera’ was born

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:43 PM

Carlo Calma Lorenzana talks about the ‘love story’ behind La Cabrera its success and its massive Argentine steaks

U.S. to pause issuing non-immigrant visas in Russia – embassy

Aug 21, 2017 - 5:51 PM

The US embassy in Moscow will also cease issuing visas to citizens of Belarus – which does not have a US embassy – and they will now be redirected to Kiev Warsaw and Vilnius

Uber, Gross Domestic Product, Chinese tourists | Midday wRap

Aug 17, 2017 - 12:39 PM

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PH grants visas on arrival to Chinese nationals

Aug 17, 2017 - 11:07 AM

Those entitled to the privilege are members of tour groups of DOT accredited operators businessmen backed by business groups and government agencies athletes and delegates to conventions and exhibitions

Puluhan calon jemaah kembali tertangkap karena berhaji secara ilegal

Aug 10, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Calon jemaah menggunakan kuota haji negara lain dengan rute Singapura Sri Lanka Arab Saudi

TERTAHAN. Puluhan calon jemaah haji yang tertahan di Bandara Internasional Sultan Hasanuddin karena tidak diizinkan terbang ke Arab Saudi. Foto oleh Humas Kanwil Kemenag Prov Sulsel

Qatar offers visa-free entry to 80 nationalities

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The visa exemption scheme will make Qatar the most open country in the region tourism department official Hassan al Ibrahim tells a news conference in Doha

VISA-FREE PROGRAM. This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. File photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

5 ways debit cards help you step up

Aug 03, 2017 - 4:34 PM

Going cashless is more convenient safer and empowering

Afghan girls robotics team land in U.S. after visa U-turn

Jul 16, 2017 - 12:09 AM

The reversal comes after public outcry over the Afghan girls inability to attend the 3 day FIRST Global Challenge competition

BOUND FOR U.S. Afghan teenagers from Afghanistan Robotic House walk towards Herat International Airport on July 13, 2017, before embarking for the United States. Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

China 'committed' to ease tourist visas for Filipinos

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:02 AM

This comes after the Philippine ambassador to China Jose Santiago Chito Santa Romana said China is considering visa free entry for Filipinos

TOURISM. China says it is 'committed' to ease tourist visa requirements for Filipinos as the bilateral ties of the countries improve. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler