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E2 Visa and travelling to the Philippines

 
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BackRow



Joined: 28 Jul 2010

PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 5:58 am    Post subject: E2 Visa and travelling to the Philippines Reply with quote

So I've got my vacation coming up and I'd like to spend it in the Philippines. I I am unclear on the visa as I've heard having an E2 visa in your passport has some kind of impact. As a side note, I'm a Canadian with a Canadian passport.
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northway



Joined: 05 Jul 2010

PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tough luck, you're not allowed to leave the country on an E2. Try Jeju-do if you want a tropical vacation. Korea sparkling!
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:16 pm    Post subject: Re: E2 Visa and travelling to the Philippines Reply with quote

BackRow wrote:
So I've got my vacation coming up and I'd like to spend it in the Philippines. I I am unclear on the visa as I've heard having an E2 visa in your passport has some kind of impact. As a side note, I'm a Canadian with a Canadian passport.


Provided you have your ARC then there is nothing to worry about.
Your ARC provides you unlimited out/in return privileges (to Korea) without the need for a re-entry permit.

Buy your tickets and enjoy your vacation.

You will get 21 days on arrival in the RP as a tourist and without an actual Philippine tourist visa in your passport.

If you want more than 21 days then your options are to either
a) get a 60-day tourist visa
b) get a 38-day tourist extension in the Philippines.


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ThePoet



Joined: 15 May 2004
Location: No longer in Korea - just lurking here

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deferring to Ttompatz here as I have not been in Korea for seven years now and things may have changed, but I seem to remember my American counterparts got unlimited in/out priviledges, but as a Canadian, I got a single entry, but could pay more money (I don't remember how much) for unlimited entries on my passport. I went to the Philippines twice a year while I was in Korea during semester breaks.

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ttompatz



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ThePoet wrote:
Deferring to Ttompatz here as I have not been in Korea for seven years now and things may have changed, but I seem to remember my American counterparts got unlimited in/out privileges, but as a Canadian, I got a single entry, but could pay more money (I don't remember how much) for unlimited entries on my passport. I went to the Philippines twice a year while I was in Korea during semester breaks.

The Poet


PRIOR to 2010 the case was that foreigners who did not hold a multi-entry visa were required to buy a re-entry permit (50k) from immigration before their trip.

For the last 3 years or so (since Dec 2010) the case has been that ALL registered foreigners (holding an ARC) were permitted unlimited out/in privileges for as long as their ARC remained valid.

The exception to this was an F5 who is only permitted to be out of the country for no more than 2 consecutive years.

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Wad



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tourists from 151 countries now supposedly enjoy 30-day no-visa to the Philippines.
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ttompatz



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is correct. It is now 30 days instead of 21.
Balikbayans still get a year.

Phils Tourism wrote:
Starting August 1, 2013, nationals from 151 countries may enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for a maximum of thirty (30) days, provided they are holders of a passport valid at least six (6) months beyond the period of stay in the Philippines, and present a return or outward bound ticket to their country of origin or to a next country of destination.

Pursuant to the Bureau of Immigration’s Memorandum Circular No. RADJR-2013-006.

http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/philippines-visa-and-entry-information/

http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php/faqs/visa-inquiry/temporary-visitor-s-visa (slow to load)
Bureau of Immigration wrote:
Non-visa Required Nationals

- Foreign nationals under E.O. 408, as amended, admissible for thirty (30) days initial stay

- Temporary visitor’s visa admissible for fifty nine (59) days


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TheUrbanMyth



Joined: 28 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

northway wrote:
Tough luck, you're not allowed to leave the country on an E2. Try Jeju-do if you want a tropical vacation. Korea sparkling!



This has never been the case. Up to a few years ago you simply had to buy a re-entry permit each time you wanted to leave the country. Nowadays you can just leave the country and come back (on an E-2) as long as your visa is still valid when you return.
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hellofaniceguy



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

northway wrote:
Tough luck, you're not allowed to leave the country on an E2. Try Jeju-do if you want a tropical vacation. Korea sparkling!


I know many E2 holders who have gone to the PI and elsewhere for vacations, came back and never had any issues.
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