Marcos wants visa on arrival for Chinese, Indian, Japanese, SoKor tourists

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. wants tourists from wealthier Asian nations to visit the Philippines without worrying about visa requirements.

Marcos has ordered the Department of Tourism to expand e-visa services, or more commonly known as “visa upon arrival,” to visitors who are Chinese, Indian, South Korean, and Japanese nationals.

The order was issued in line with the suggestion of the Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC)’s tourism sector, which said that the visa on arrival privilege should be expanded beyond Taiwanese tourists.

The Philippines enjoys e-visa status in jurisdictions within Southeast Asia, but has had to grapple with visa requirements when flying to other countries outside the region.

Will this change result in easier travel for Filipinos traveling to other Asian countries too?