Filipinos Cautioned against
Dealing with Travel Agents

DUBAI — The Filipino community in UAE has been told to exercise caution when dealing with travel agents or re-entry visa facilitators in the country.

By Lily B. Libo-on

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Published: Tue 7 Oct 2008, 10:15 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:29 PM

The Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, Libran N. Cabactulan, issued a warning over the weekend after a meeting with seven Dubai-based travel agencies engaged in facilitating ‘visa runs’ for Filipinos, most of whom are stranded in Kish island and Qeshm in Iran as well as in Buraimi and Kassam in Oman.

The travel agents were told to deliver the visas to the stranded Filipinos as this was their social responsibility.

Cabactulan informed the Filipinos that under UAE’s new visa regulations, which took effect on August 1 this year, the switchover from visit visa to employment visa may now take at least a month.

“Obtaining a new visit visa may also take several weeks due to the backlog of pending applications,” he said.

He advised all Filipinos, who wish to return to the UAE, to go to the Philippines and wait for their fresh visas.

The Philippine diplomatic missions in Abu Dhabi and Muscat, Oman had sprung into action soon after sections of the media highlighted the plight of thousands of Filipinos stranded in Oman. In Buraimi alone, the number of Filipinos stranded crossed 1,500 by October 1.

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