Mindanao Times

No cancellati­on of tourist visas, says US Embassy


MANILA -- The United States Embassy in Manila on Monday dismissed as “fraudulent” the reported cancellati­on of tourist visas for Filipinos.

“The US 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,” US Embassy Spokespers­on Heather Fabrikant said on Monday.

The embassy said US visa policy in the Philippine­s “has not changed”.

The misinforma­tion supposedly originated from “impostors” claiming to be an official US source.

“The official US Embassy website at https:// ph.usembassy.gov and our official social media platforms are the best sources for accurate and current informatio­n. To report visa and passport fraud, please email FPMManila@state. gov,” Fabrikant said.

A screenshot of the fake advisory circulatin­g online, says the US Department

of State ordered the “cancellati­on of all current and existing B1 and B2 tourist visas” and that “the Embassy shall no longer accept B1 and B2 applicatio­ns and renewals on Fen. [sic] 15, 2020” due to the 2019-novel coronaviru­s outbreak.

As of posting, the Philippine­s reported three 2019-nCoV cases in the country, with several persons under investigat­ion (PUIs) for possible infection at 261. (PNA)

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