Manila, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) clarified yesterday that its directive not to stamp Chinese passports applies to both old and new passports and not just on its new E-passport.
“My memorandum to our immigration officers is clear. We will not stamp all Chinese passports. It does not matter if the passport is old and new,” BI Commissioner Ricardo A. David Jr. declared.
The BI chief issued the clarification following erroneous and conflicting reports in the media suggesting that the new visa policy applies only to Chinese E-passports bearing the map of the disputed islands in the South China Sea. (Jun Ramirez)