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Philippines Require Visa for Americans

Updated on December 27, 2019
Vacation in the Philippines!
Vacation in the Philippines!

It was just a few weeks ago, that any American citizen could fly to the Philippines and enter without a visa and stay for up to 30 days. That was before the recent tit for tat Filipino reprisals to the US immigration authorities denial of a few Filipino officials landing in the USA.

The US banned the officials because of Human Rights violations that the Duterte government made in the illegal detention of one of its own senators, De Lima, an alleged corrupt court official and related drug rings in that country. Two American senators, Leahy and Durbin, stated it was a Human Rights violation according to recent US laws passed.

Many people in the Philippines have sided with De Lima, stating the Duterte government and the president had it in for her after she blew the whistle on the corruption inside the Duterte officials. Others, claim the opposite and that she was involved in receiving payments related to drug deals.

All that aside, it is obvious that President Duterte continues to prefer China over the USA and some of it stems from personal feelings and experiences. Duterte was a 20-something years ago when he sought to get a visa to visit a friend and was denied. He never got over it and remains tainted on the US. President Trump has invited him three times to visit the White House, and Duterte snubs the invite for no reason.

It is possible that these two bullies just might try to bully the other, for sure, but it also has to do with national pride and that the Philippines is standing up to the USA while relying on China for much of their trade.

Depending on how Trump reacts, Americans may have to get a visa first before flying there and for the one million of them that visit the country, that means delays and headaches. Nothing is fast in the Philippines.

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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 months ago

      Ken is spot on and I echo his comments. The US has been much to complacent with China in the South China Sea and now there is little left to do but sail through the waters to challenge them. Most Filipinos much rather prefer Americans than Chinese any day, China is seen as a manipulative force on the Duterte administration and actually is, while the US policy has left them alone.

    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 

      6 months ago from Florida

      Thats just one more sign of China's growing influence, especially in the South China Sea which both China and the Philippines have contested waters.

      China has occupied islands within 250 miles of the Philippines' shores, they are investing heavily into various islands of the country, and they have become the dominant military and economic presence on the South China Sea which all island states are dependant upon for trade.

      This is as much about the power and trade struggle going on between China and America as it is about the Philippines and American relations.

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