Department of Tourism, regional director, Helen Catalbas, downplayed Sunday’s tragic loss of lives when a Guimaras-bound motorboat capsized in the Iloilo Strait, taking the lives of nine people. According to the Panay News the DOT Director stated “sea tragedies happen anywhere in the world.”
A new six-month, Long Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE) will soon be available for foreigners intending to stay in the Philippines longer. Currently non-visa required nationals are admitted for 21 days and have had the option to extend their stay in the archipelago by applying for a visa waiver. This current visa waiver entitles them to an additional stay of 38 days and allows them to stay in the Philippines for a period of 59 days. If you want to stay longer, the tourist visa has to be renewed.