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Travellers from Developing Countries Should Not Be Caged By Visa Restrictions

I’ve just made a petition via Change.org on one of my biggest travel frustrations: visas.

Please find below the petition for your review. If you’re with me, please sign the petition here. Don’t worry, you have the option of remaining anonymous as you do so.

“Travellers from Developing Countries Should Not Be Caged By Visa Restrictions”

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Application requirements for a SINGLE tourist visa

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Visa Information for Philippine Citizens

This page is updated regularly. Last update: March 1, 2017. 

* Information provided are all from official government sites.

* For assistance, I highly recommend Mrs. Min Canilao of RPC Travel and Tours. She is the BEST visa specialist and travel agent I’ve ever met and everyone I refer to her are very happy with her service. Finding a good travel agent in the Philippines is a rare find, let alone finding the best. Her access to the travel industry is far and wide, so as a potential client please take advantage of that! Please reach her at +63 9189411680 for inquiries 🙂

VISA REQUIRED
Australia
Canada
China
Dubai
India
Japan
New Zealand
Russia
Schengen (Europe)
South Africa
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Taiwan
Turkey
UK
USA

VISA FREE COUNTRIES FOR FILIPINOS (Yes, they exist!)
Bolivia: 90 days
Brazil: 90 days
Brunei: 14 days
Cambodia: 21 days
Colombia: 90 days
Cook Islands: 31 days
Costa Rica: 30 days
Dominica: 21 days
Ecuador: 90 days
Fiji: 4 months
Gambia: 90 days
Hainan: 3 months
Hong Kong: 14 days
Indonesia: 30 days
Israel: 3 months
Jeju, South Korea: 30 days
Kish Island: 30 days
Laos: 30 days
Macau: 30 days
Malaysia: 30 days
Micronesia: 30 days
Mongolia: 21 days
Morocco: 90 days
Myanmar: 14 days
Peru: 183 days
Pitcairn Islands: 14 days
Rwanda: 90 days
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines: 1 month
Singapore: 30 days
Suriname: 90 days
Thailand: 30 days
Transnistria: less than 24 hours
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus: 3 months
Turks & Caicos Islands: 30 days
Vanuatu: 30 days
Vietnam: 21 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL
Armenia: 120 days
Cape Verde
Comoros
Djibouti
Guinea-Bissau: 90 days
Iran
Kenya: 3 months
Kyrygzstan: 1 month
Madagascar: 90 days
Maldives: 30 days
Mali
Marshall Islands: 90 days
Mauritania
Mozambique: 30 days
Nepal: 90 days
Nicaragua: 90 days
Niue: 30 days
Palau: 30 days
Papua New Guinea: 60 days
Saint Lucia: 6 weeks
Samoa: 60 days
Seychelles: 1 month
Somalia: 30 days
Tajikistan: 45 days
Tanzania
Timor-Leste: 30 days
Togo: 7 days
Tuvalu: 1 month
Uganda
Zambia: 90 days

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Applying for Appeals: Schengen Visa

Even with a Schengen visa denied, you can always make an appeal and give it a second try!

By helping out a friend with her appeal at the French Embassy, I can only discuss here my experience with the French visa.

Requirements:

  • Original visa decision letter with your signature
  • Letter of appeal (translated in French) with your signature
  • All photocopied documents submitted during application

Send all documents no later than two (2) months since the release of the decision to this address:

Commission de recours contre les décisions de refus de visas et d’entrée en France
11 rue de la Maison-Blanche BP
8360944036
Nantes Cedex
France

Remember:

  • Only send documents you presented on your application. Do not add, edit or remove documents.
  • Translate the letter of appeal in French; otherwise, your appeal will not be accepted.
  • As much as possible, use express mail. The faster your documents get to the appeals board, the better.
  • You will have to wait for the embassy to contact you. You have no way of knowing of the results via telephone or email.

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Some Common Questions:

Q: Is it better to make an appeal, or to make a new application?

A: It depends on your needs. If you can wait and want to clear off the “Denied” mark on your visa history, you can make an appeal. If you have to hurry and do not mind having the “Denied” mark on your visa history, you can always make a new application.

In terms of cost,

New application: visa fee (60 Euros) + transportation costs + printing costs
Appeal: printing costs + translation costs + courier fee

Q: Where can I have my documents translated?

A: If you have a French friend who can do it for you for free, lucky you! But if none, you can contact the following for professional translation services: SDL and Be Translated.

Q: We are a family and we all had our visa denied. Do we have to send our appeal separately?

A: No. You can send your appeal in one courier package however, you have to prepare one set of all required documents (decision letter, appeal letter and application documents) per person.

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I hope I had all points covered. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact me 🙂