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Japan eases visa requirements for Filipino business travelers, cultural or intellectual figures

Posted by wanderlusttravelandtours on August 2, 2018 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (1)



The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines on Wednesday announced it will loosen visa requirements for Filipino visitors with business purposes, with the aim of promoting exchanges of people between the two countries.


The new rule, effective August 1, will extend the maximum validity period of multiple-entry visas for Filipino visitors from the current 5 years to 10 years, while the scope of applicants eligible for the visas will be also expanded.


Medical doctors, lawyers, and certified public accountants will also be applicable to visas for cultural and intellectual figures, which Japan has restricted to some occupations such as university professors.


"The relaxation of visa requirements is expected to contribute to improvement of convenience for tourists and increase in repeat visitors as well as further advancement of people-to-people exchanges between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines," the Embassy of Japan said in a statement.


The following applicants may apply for a multiple entry visa for business purpose:


A regular employee of a public (government) enterprise

An employee of a private company which is listed on the stock exchange (including Japan and third countries)

A regular employee of a Japanese-affiliated company which is a member of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and has a management base in Japan

A regular employee of a joint venture company, a subsidiary company or a branch office of a company which is listed on the stock exchange (including Japan and the third countries)

A regular employee of a private company with constant business transactions with a Japanese company which is listed on the stock exchange

A regular employee of a company among the “Top 1,000 Philippine corporations in terms of gross revenue”

A regular employee with a travel record to Japan for business purpose and travel records as temporary visitor to G7 countries (except Japan) in the last three years

A regular employee with more than three travel records to Japan for business purpose in the last three years

The same visa requirements will also be applicable for the following cultural or intellectual figures:


An artist (Fine Art, Literary Art, Music, Stage Play, Dance etc.) , a specialist in humanities (Literature, Law, Economics etc.), or a scientist (Technology, Medicine etc.) who has relevant accomplishments

A lawyer, certified public accountant, patent attorney, judicial scrivener, notary, medical doctor who has a national or international qualification and actually working as the same position.

An amateur sports player who has relevant accomplishments

A full-time professor, assistant professor, or lecturer of a university or a college

A director or higher post of a national or public research institution or a museum

A Diet member, government official, local assemblyman, local government official

Here are the visa requirements:


1. Philippine Passport

• Broken passport is not accepted. Passports must be signed and must have at least two (2)

blank visa pages.


2. Visa Application Form

• Available at the Embassy website, at the entrance of the Embassy or at any of the accredited

travel agencies.

• Application form should be filled out all items correctly, If item is not applicable, please fill in

[N/A]. Embassy may not accept application with blank item, no signature or no date in the

form; may deny the application that is filled out incorrectly or wrong information.


3. Photo

• Specs: 4.5cm x 4.5cm, with white background

• Photo must be taken within 6 months.

• Please write applicant’s name and birthdate on back side of the photo.

• Photo must be pasted on the application form.


4. Employment Certificate (with applicant’s salary, tenure and position)

• Owner of a company should submit a copy of “Certificate of Business Name Registration” issued by Department of Trade and Industry or Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission


5. Documents to prove the applicant is qualified for one of the categories abovementioned

A.1(1) ~ (8), A.2(1) ~ (6).


• If qualified for abovementioned A.1(7) or (8),current or old passport that shows Japanese and G7 countries’(except Japan) temporary visitor visas as well as entry stamps in the last three years.


• If qualified for abovementioned A.2(2),Copy of ID card(issued by Profession Regulation Commission)


6. Explanation letter for requesting multiple-entry visa (must be made by applicant)


• Please fill in embassy prescribed form “Reason For Requesting Multiple Entry Visa”, check items that apply and fill in reason for request.


7. A letter of explanation stating the reason of applying for the multiple visa (letter of mission or travel requisition by employer, etc.) * for business purpose


8. Documents to prove kinship ( birth certificates, marriage certificate and copy of passport and visa page of the multiple entry visa holder (parent or spouse)


For more details, check the official website of the Embassy of Japan.


-- ABSCBN NEWS


Air Asia Travel Advisory

Posted by wanderlusttravelandtours on July 31, 2018 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)


With immediate effect, the use and charging of power banks are prohibited on board all AirAsia flights.


What is a Power Bank?

A power bank is a portable battery charger used to recharge lithium-ion batteries contained in equipment such as a mobile phone/tablet. A power bank is considered a spare lithium battery.


As lithium batteries contain stored energy and pose hazard leading to overheating and possible fire or explosion when transported by air, when carried as cabin baggage the following must be met:

For lithium metal batteries, the lithium content must not exceed 2g

For lithium-ion batteries, the Watt-hour rating must not exceed 100 Wh


CHECK-IN PROCESS

Apart from asking passengers to read the mandatory security questions in the Security Notice, during check-in, ask the passengers if their checked baggage contains a power bank. If YES, it must be carried as cabin baggage and the below process will apply.

Important: Spare lithium batteries are NOT allowed in checked baggage.


CABIN BAGGAGE

As power banks use lithium batteries, the following process will apply: Terminals of all spare lithium batteries placed in cabin baggage must be protected from short circuit by:

1. Enclosing them in their original retail packaging or

2. Taping over exposed terminals or

3. Placing each battery in a separate plastic bag (or protective pouch)

In the event a cabin baggage is offloaded due to insufficient cabin space, ground staff or cabin crew must advise passengers to remove the power bank which must be insulated.


Each passenger is limited to a maximum of 02 spare lithium batteries for personal use only. Lithium batteries must not exceed the allowable quantity and size limitations.


Pay Day Seat Sale!

Posted by wanderlusttravelandtours on July 30, 2018 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)


PAY DAY SEAT SALE!!!

MANILA -OSAKA, JAPAN- MANILA

ROUNDTRIP AIRFARE

AS LOW AS PHP 8,888.00 PER PERSON


(Ideal for 4D3N)

TRAVEL DATE : JANUARY 2019

- 7 kls hand carry and manila terminal fee included.


Travel tax and check in baggage not yet included.

Hanbok

Posted by wanderlusttravelandtours on July 30, 2018 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Hanbok is the traditional attire of the Korean people. Worn daily up until just 100 years ago, these days it is only worn on festive occasions or special anniversaries. It is a formal dress and most Koreans keep a hanbok for special times in their life. While the traditional hanbok was beautiful in its own right, the design has changed slowly but surely over the generations. The core of hanbok is its graceful shape and vibrant colors, which have had a major impact on the modern fashion industry. It is hard to think of hanbok as everyday wear but it is slowly being revolutionized through the changing of fabrics, colors and features, reflecting the public’s desires. Many aspiring hanbok designers have altered hanbok for everyday wear with traditional elements at the basis of the garment but have a distinctly modern feel.


Features of Hanbok

The unique lines of hanbok appear at their greatest when the wearer is in motion. Hanbok is creative and expressive in its design. Another special feature about hanbok is the shape, having a slim top and wide bottom, similar to a bell. The jacket should be tight and fitted while the skirt is relaxed. The tightly fitting jacket attractively reflects the shape of the upper body. The wide sleeves and flexible skirt flatter the wearer’s gracefulness by hiding the movements of the lower body, so the wearer appears to be floating on air. Hanbok fabric is colored using natural dyes. The colors of nature are imbued in the cloth, giving hanbok a depth and richness not found from artificial dyes.


Modern Hanbok

For modern Koreans, hanbok is the formal clothing worn during Korean holidays or on special occasions. Children wear hanbok on their first birthday and adults wear it for their wedding ceremony or major events within the family. Hanbok is also worn for funerals and is still used as casual wear in villages or districts where the traditional ways of life are being maintained.


Although hanbok has become the ritual dress of choice worn only on traditional holidays, Koreans’ love for hanbok is tremendous. The popularity of Korean historical dramas is causing many visitors to take more interest in traditional Korean attire as well.


Source: KTO

ALL-IN HOLY LAND TOUR

Posted by wanderlusttravelandtours on July 27, 2018 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

ALL-IN HOLY LAND PACKAGE


INCLUSIONS:

*Roundtrip Airfare via Saudia Airlines

*Philippine Travel Tax

*AIRLINE TAX

*Manila Terminal Fee

*7kgs Handcarry Luggage, 46 kgs check-in baggage (2pcs - 23 kgs each)

*3-4 Star Hotel Accommodation on Twin /double

sharing basis

*Full Board Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as per itinerary

*All Land Transportation and transfers by Deluxe,

free WIFI Access

*Travel Kits (Hats, Bag, Map of Holyland, Pilgrimage Certificate each pax)

*All Applicable Entrance and Admission Fees to main churches, boat rides, sightseeing& Pilgrimages

*Daily: 2 Small Mineral Water

*Pre-departure Travel Briefing

*Professional licensed English Speaking Tour Guide

*Porterage Fee of one(1) piece of luggage per person at all hotels/transfers

*FREE Travel Insurance P1.5M up to 85 YRS OLD.

*Tipping to drivers, tour guides, porterages and restaurants

*Boarder Taxes and Fees

*Visa Fee


FLIGHT DETAILS:

SV869 26NOV18 MNL-JED 2155-0440

SV631 27NOV18 JED-AMM 1055-1200

SV302 07DEC18 CAI-JED 1950-2255

SV868 08DEC18 JED-MNL 0120-1610


ITINERARY:

DAY 01–26/11/18: DEPARTURE MANILADeparture at NAIA Terminal 1 via Saudia Airline Flight SV869. Meals on board.

DAY 02–27/11/18: ARRIVAL IN AMMAN- MT. NEBO- MADABA -(L/D) Arrival in Amman airport. After airport inspections, other regulatory procedures and meeting our airport transfers service staff and Tour guide and transfer to Local Restaurant in Amman for lunch. Visit Mt. Nebo, where Moses viewed the Promised Land before he died. Then proceed to Madabato visit the Monastery of St. George, which host the unique mosaic Map of Egypt, Jordan and Holyland. The map is believed to be the first one for this area, as it is built in the 6th century. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Amman

DAY 03–28/11/18: AMMAN -PETRA –AMMAN (B/L/D)Breakfast at hotel. Morning proceed to the lost city of Petra with Horseback Ride through the picturesque SIQ, and visit the Treasury. Petra is a Greek word which means Stone. This city was built on 6th century, the home of Nabataeans. The site is a UNESCO World Heritage since 1985 and the most visited tourist attraction in the country. Transfer back to Amman in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight: at hotel in Amman.

DAY 04–29/11/18: AMMAN BORDER CROSSING TO ISRAEL –NAZARETH -TIBERIAS (B/L/D) Early breakfast and hotel check out.Transfer to Sheik Hussein Bridge for crossing into Israel. After the inspections, other regulatory procedures and meeting our staff you'll continue to Nazareth the city of Jesus' childhood and youth; Visit the Church of Annunciation where we can find the original cave where angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would bear a child by the Holy Spirit. Also visit Joseph's workshop where Jesus spent most of his childhood days. Drive on to the village of Cana, where Jesus performed the Miracle of changing water into wine at the wedding ceremony. Proceed to Tiberias to check in. Dinner and overnight: at hotel in Tiberias.

DAY 05 –30/11/18: SEA OF GALILEE –TIBERIAS (B/L/D)Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, start the tour with Boatride on the Sea of Galilee then drive to Capernaum, the town where Jesus made His home after leaving Nazareth. View the remains of the ancient Synagogue in which He taught, and on to Tabgha , where the Miracle of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes took place. Drive to Mount of Beatitudes, this is the site of the Sermon on the Mount and St. Peter’s Primary Church , See the remains of St. Peter’s House, then to Mt. Tabor to see the Basilica of Transfiguration. Visit Yardenit (Jordan River) where St. John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ. Many Christian pilgrims stop at this site and perform baptism ceremonies. The site is located at the Southern exit of Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight: at hotel in Tiberias.

DAY 06 –01/12/18: CAESAREA -JERUSALEM–BETHLEHEM (B/L/D)Hotel Breakfast and check out. Travel to Haifa, visit the Basilica of Mt. Carmel; pass by Caesarea, which was built by Mt. Herod the Great to catch the sight of the Aqueducts.Proceed to Jaffa and visit the city where Yona set sail on. Drive to Ein Karemfor St. John the Baptist Church and Church of Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited Elizabeth then to Jerusalem for hotel check in.Dinner and overnight: at hotel in Bethlehem.

DAY 07 –02/12/18: MT. OF OLIVES –OLD CITY (B/L/D)After breakfast, your full day tour will start at Mount of Olivesto visit the Ascension Chapel. Then to Church of Pater Nosterto witness the “Lord’s Prayer” Proceed to the Church of Dominus Flevit where God wept over Jerusalem. Continue by walking down to the Palm Sunday Road going to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane to see the Rock of Agony, the place where Jesus prayed before the Roman soldiers came for Him. You will be visiting St. Anne’s Church, Bethsaida Pool, Wailing Wall, Via Dolorosaand go through the Stations of the Cross tothe Holy Sepulchre where Jesus was crucified, died and rose from the dead.We'll visit Mt. Zion, the Upper room, David’s Tomband the Dormition Abbey.Dinner and overnight: at the hotel in Bethlehem.

DAY 08 –03/12/18: BETHLEHEM -QUMRAN -DEAD SEA –JERUSALEM(B/L/D)After breakfast, Proceed to Bethlehem. Move to the Church of Nativity. Visit the Basilica and Grottoof the Nativity and the Manger Square. Return via Lazarus Tomb and Shepherd’s Field. Visit the Dead Seathe lowest point onearth. Swim at the Dead Sea beach. Then proceed to Qumran, the caves of the Essences where Dead Sea Scrolls where found by a wandering shepherd boy.Then to the oldest city in the world, Jericho, for view of Mount of Temptation and Sycamore Tree. Back to Bethlehem for hotel dinner and overnight.

DAY 09 –04/12/18: BETHLEHEM -ST. CATHERINE(B/L/D)Breakfast at hotel and check out.Cross Taba border for Egypt with assistance on both borders.Upon arrival in Sinai, transfer to hotel in St. Catherine for check in.Dinner and overnight: athotel in St. Catherine.

DAY 10 –05/12/18: ST. CATHERINE –CAIRO(B/L/D)Early Morning Mountain climbs to Mt. Sinai, where the Ten Commandments were given to Moses. On return, we will have hotel breakfast and check out.Visit St.Catherine Monasterythen proceeds to Cairo. It is the capital of Egypt and largest city in the Arab world. You will see Moses Springs and Suez Canal.Dinner and overnight: at hotel in Cairo

DAY 11 –06/12/18: CAIRO(B/L/D)Breakfast at Hotel. After breakfast, Visit the Wonders of the World, the Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx. Enjoy El Khalili Bazaar for shopping. In the evening, will have Dinner Cruise at Nile River with Belly Dancing Show before returning to hotel for Overnight.

DAY 12 –07/12/18: CAIRO (B/L)Breakfast at Hotel. After breakfast, Hotel check-out. Visit Egyptian Museum, where you can see the finest displays of Artifacts, Relics, Statues and Jewelers from all the Pharaohs Reigns. You will also visit Church of Virgin Mary, Visit to St. George Coptic Church, Visit to St. Sergius Church and Citadel. Lunch in Cairo's local Restaurant. The rest of the day is free for last minute shopping. Then transfer to Cairo Airport for flight to Manila.

DAY 13 –08/12/18: CAIRO-MANILA Departure flight to Manila


END OF THE SERVICES


TERMS & CONDITIONS:


*USD600 deposit required upon reservation together with copy of passport (valid 6 Months from the date of departure)

*Full payment is required before ticketing but in no case shall it be later than thirty (30) days before the departure date.

*The following cancellation charges will apply:

-60 Days before Departure date: USD500.00

-45 Days before Departure date: 50% of the tour package cost

-30 Days before Departure date: Full tour package cost.


Advisory to Married Filipino Women Traveling to Singapore

Posted by wanderlusttravelandtours on July 26, 2018 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)


To all married woman who has previously travelled to Singapore please do not forget to disclosed correct information to avoid arrest due to misdeclaration.


Travel Advisory for Filipinos Going to Paris, France

Posted by wanderlusttravelandtours on July 25, 2018 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Travel Advisory for Filipinos Going to Paris, France


PARIS 23 July 2018 — The Philippine Embassy in France has issued an advisory for Filipinos traveling to Paris to be vigilant and careful due to an increase of incidents of break-ins, robberies, and pickpocketing in city. In addition, the string of terror incidents in the past three years (the latest was on 12 May 2018 require the extra vigilance of Filipinos travelling in Paris.


Filipinos are requested to follow the list of safety guidelines when traveling to France:

• Always secure your personal belongings such as your bags, wallets, phones and other personal items when visiting tourist spots, walking around, and riding public transportations.

• Be wary of pickpockets. They are rampant at metro stations, trains, and even in shopping areas.

• Keep your passport and identity card in separate areas of your bag, so that you lessen the risk of losing both identity documents.

• Theft may also occur in hotels and apartments. Make sure that your briefcases, bags and other valuables are secure. Be wary of the so-called “hotel rats,” scam artists who pretend to be hotel guests or tourists and who can swipe baggage in hotel lobbies, or book rooms with fake names and break in rooms to steal valuables.

• Do not carry a lot of cash. Most stores accept cards. Should you use your card, cover your hand discretely when typing the pin.

• Keep your bags out of sight when inside the vehicles. Robberies may sometimes occur during traffic jams.

• Be alert and vigilant when visiting different areas in France. Make sure to follow the instructions of police and military personnel in case of any incident.

• Be updated with the news. Refrain from going to areas that are declared to be unsafe or that have terrorism threat.

If urgent assistance is needed, Filipinos may call the Embassy’s 24/7 emergency hotline at +33 6 20 59 25 15.


Filipinos in need of assistance may also visit, call or send a message to the Embassy through the following details:

Embassy of the Philippines in Paris

45 rue de Ranelagh

4 hameau de Boulainvilliers

75016 Paris, France

Tel. No.:+33 1 44 14 57 00

Email: paris.pe@dfa.gov.ph

Website: www.parispe.dfa.gov.ph

Facebook: #PHinFrance

Twitter : #PHinFrance

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New Terminal Assignment for NAIA, Starting Aug 31, 2018

Posted by wanderlusttravelandtours on July 20, 2018 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Traveling soon? Starting Aug 31, 2018, this will be the new terminal assignment for NAIA.

CEBU PACIFIC Prepaid Baggage & Hand Carry Items Guidelines

Posted by wanderlusttravelandtours on July 18, 2018 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)




-Effective tomorrow, 15kls check in baggage will no longer be available during initial and add on baggage booking

-(3) Options will be available (Standard - 20kgs), Large - 32kgs) and Extra Large - 40kgs)

-For Cebgo Flights, only (Standard 20kgs) will be available

-For hand carry items:

1) Piece – each seared passenger is entitled to 1 hand carry item and 1 small item

2) Size – a hand carry item must not exceed 56x36x23 cm. Commonly, these are wheeled bags and backpacks that fit in the overhead bins.

3) Size – a small item must not be exceed to 35x20x20 cm. Commonly, these are handbags, purses and laptop bags that fit under the seat.

4) Weight limitation of 7 kilos for the hand carry item, operations to intercept in excess of the piece and size policies only.

5) Assistive and medical items, retail items bought airside, food for babies are allowed on the top of the allowances.


UAE EXEMPTS CHILDREN OF TOURISTS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 FROM VISA FEE

Posted by wanderlusttravelandtours on July 15, 2018 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Dubai: Children of tourists, under the age of 18 visiting UAE will be exempted from visa fee, during the summer season from July 15th to September 15th of each year UAE cabinet announced on Sunday
The new law came in support of family tourism and to reduce the cost on visitors in the holiday season.
The Cabinet's decision reflects the UAE's position in the global tourism sector as a prime destination attracting visitors and families from all over the world.
The number of passengers traveling through the country's airports reached 32.8 million passengers during the first quarter of this year. Visitors come to the UAE to enjoy hotels and tourism services, with a number of festivals and activities happening throughout the year.
The decision of the Cabinet goes in line with the growth of the tourism sector in the country following the exemption of transit tourists from visa fees for the first 48 hours.


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