Philippines cautions Indian travellers against fake visas

May 07 2014, 12:51 IST
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Tourists have been urged to avoid acquiring Philippine visa from illegitimate or illegal sources. (Thinkstock) Tourists have been urged to avoid acquiring Philippine visa from illegitimate or illegal sources. (Thinkstock)
SummaryThere has been an increase of apprehensions by Philippines immigration of foreigners entering the country with fake visas.

The Philippine Embassy has cautioned Indian travellers against fraud visas after a recent increase of apprehensions by Philippines immigration authorities of foreigners entering the Philippines with fake visas.

These travellers have been later detained and investigated, and thereafter deported to their countries of origin with their names and particulars included in the Philippines’ Look Out List, which bars them from travel to the Philippines in the future.

For this reason, the public is urged to avoid acquiring fake Philippine visa from illegitimate/illegal sources and to apply for visa only with the Consular Section at the Philippine Embassy in Delhi or the Philippine Honorary Consulates (PHC) in Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai according to established procedures.

Benito B. Valeriano, Ambassador, Philippine Embassy, said, “We request travellers from India to deal only with authorized members of the Overseas Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) or Travel Agents Association of India (TAFI) while applying for visa through a travel agent.”

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