Exciting news for Philippine passport holders and travel enthusiasts plus 6 other Asian countries! Application of Schengen Visa for Filipinos has become faster, France will cut visa delivery time to 48 hours for Russians, Indians, Filipinos and citizens of five more Asian countries in a bid to boost tourism, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Wednesday. The announcement did not mention any changes in the requirements for visa applications.
After a drop in 2016 following a wave of attacks that hit Paris and Nice, tourist numbers are rebounding this year. France is eyeing a record of as many as 89 million foreign tourists, up from 83 million last year, and 100 million visitors in 2020.
Citizens of Russia, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia will from Nov. 1 see the time to get a visa – which now takes around 10 days or so, more in peak season – fall to 48 hours.
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This measure, which is already in place for a few other countries, including Qatar, would be extended to Saudi Arabia and Vietnam next year if a change in EU visa procedures for those countries allow it.The government also said it would assign more staff to airport passport checks to limit waiting time to 30 minutes for EU citizens and 45 minutes for non-EU citizens.
It’s a perfect time to visit France and the rest of Europe. Aside from Paris, there are many European destinations you can visit with a Schengen visa which includes countries that aren’t part of Schengen and the European Union including Taiwan and Turkey. Take note that Scoot, the first budget airline to fly to Europe are offering low cost flights to Athens from any parts of South East Asia. Usual application of Schengen Visa for Filipinos takes weeks and this is a wonderful news for everyone who’s dreaming to visit Paris and other parts of Europe!
Source: Business Insider
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