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Chinese to face tough scrutiny of visa applications by this Asian country: Details inside

06:44 PM | 11 May, 2024
Chinese to face tough scrutiny of visa applications by this Asian country: Details inside

BEIJING - The authorities in the Philippines have announced to tighten visa rules against Chinese citizens as the number of fraudulent applicants spiked in recent times. 

The government has announced to tighten rules for tourist visas to Chinese and under the new requirements to be implemented from this week, visa applicants are required to present social security documents issued by the Chinese government.

The Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines confirmed the development which is poised to impact the incoming Chinese travelers.

It is to be clarified that applicants still have to submit proof of financial capacity, employment certificate and bank statements.

Jesus Domingo, the department’s undersecretary for civilian security and consular affairs revealed at a press conference that the measures come after a number of Chinese nationals were caught submitting fake documents during visa applications.

The Philippines initiated e-visas for Chinese tourists in an attempt to boost tourism last year. However, within three months, they were halted due to "technical issues.". Interestingly, China is one of the top sources of foreign tourists for the Philippines and the strict measures come as a surprise to many experts.

It is to be highlighted that at one end China is easing visa rules for foreigners and signing visa-free agreements with multiple countries while at the other end, the country is facing tough scrutiny from the Philippines.

Recently, China announced to extension of the visa exemption liberty available to 12 countries as the Asian state tries to woo tourists. Chinese President Xi Jinping confirmed the development during the closing ceremony of the sixth Meeting of the China-France Business Council. 

As per the latest announcement, the visa exemption would continue until the end of 2025 in what appears to be a major relief for the citizens of these countries.

The 12 countries eligible for the relaxation are France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Malaysia, Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg. 

It is to be highlighted that China is fast opening up to the outside world after it faced the brunt of the pandemic which brought travel to a standstill though the measures of Philippines might invite criticism from Beijing.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 18 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 18, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296.00 299.00
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.70 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80 75.60
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.80 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182.00 184.00
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204.00 206.00
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.90 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.30 59.90
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 311.90 314.40
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73

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