Philippines 9A Tourist Visa – stricter enforcement of regulations

Philippines 9A Tourist Visa - BI Counter

8 Responses

  1. Hopefully they will begin some enforcement of the Tourist visa abuse. I feel there needs to be a crack down on the eternal tourist here working and thereby taking jobs from Philippine legitimate residents.

    • waebi says:

      Hi Robert,
      I fully agree with you.
      On “silent gardens” we do not interfere with politics. This is why I did not clearly state the countries that are most touched.
      FYI they are nearby, somewhere north to east of the Philippines

      On the other side I know an owner of a dive base who opened the business having only a 9A tourist visa.
      He provides work to about 10 indigenous people. The salaries he pays are really honest.

      It’s a hard job for the BI to separate black and white sheep.

      Cheers, waebi

  2. I know many expats on tourist visas who work under the guise of their spouse or gf. There are a few more that I know have not been out of the country in over 3 years. The BI is gonna catch up with these folks sooner or later.

  3. Philippines embassy not so strict on having a visa. Love to go there, the places and people.

    • waebi says:

      It isn’t a problem to get an initial 9A visa. The problems can occur when repeatedly extending the tourist visa. Then administration starts to ask questions about the sources of income.

      Cheers, waebi

  4. I’ve been living in the Philippines under balikbayan status for almost 10 years. I hope none of this will affect that status. I rather enjoy living here, except for the brownouts.

  5. Virgo says:

    How to report someone like this who put up a business under the gf name and abuses the gf after he started the business he get another one new gf just for pleasure since hes earning already from the business he put up from the help of the long time gf

    • waebi says:

      Hi Virgo,
      We do not support denunciation. But if you need to report, then get in contact with your nearest BI office.
      Cheers, waebi

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