- A post has been circulating online claiming that the U.S. Embassy has suspended the issuance of tourist visas
- The post mentioned that the reasons behind the cancellation were the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) and the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)
- However, it has been reported that the claim is false and misleading the people
- The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has released a statement regarding this matter
An online post has been circulating on social media after claiming that the U.S. Embassy has suspended the issuance of tourist visas due to the 2019 Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) and cancellation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
However, KAMI learned that the claim is false and misleading the people.
In a report by Rappler, the online post showed a screenshot from a supposed website of the US Embassy claiming that it “issued” a “Visa Application Advisory: Suspension of All Tourist Visas.”
“The U.S. Department of State has issued an order to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines to cancel/revoke all current and existing B1 & B2 tourist visas,” the advisory read.
“The Embassy shall no longer accept B1 & B2 Applications and renewals on February 15, 2020. This is due to the security threat of the 2019-NCOV that may enter the United States from foreign individuals,” it continued.
“On the other hand, President Rodrigo R. Duterte has initiated the termination of the VFA (Visiting Forces Agreement” that will take effect 180 days after receipt of the United States Government of the Letter for Termination. Due to this, the US State Department shall also suspend all B1/B2 Visas indefinitely,” it added.
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Through a post on Facebook, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has denied these claims.
“The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is aware of a fraudulent advisory alleging the cancellation/revocation of tourist visas and the suspension of visa applications. These claims are not true,” it read in the post.
“Please note that U.S. visa policy in the Philippines has not changed. Impostors spread misinformation by claiming to be an official U.S. source,” it added.
As reported by the Inquirer (authored by Darryl John Esguerra), the Philippines has officially sent a notice to the United States to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement.
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