Canada’s safety regulations are ‘too lax’
The Federal Government has tightened regulations on safe travel from the Philippines, including allowing Filipinos to bring in their own passports.
However, that has sparked a backlash, with many Filipinos saying they will be unable to travel in Canada, especially after they were denied visas to travel to the country last week.
Octopath traveler says she’ll be unable ‘to get out of the country’ Octopath Traveler has been denied entry to Canada after the Government decided she would not be allowed to leave the country.
She was able to apply for a tourist visa on arrival, but that was denied because she was not a Canadian citizen.
“My wife and I are a couple of Filipino Canadian citizens,” said Octopath Traveller.
“We had to go to the Philippines to get a tourist card.
And when we were told that the Philippines would not accept a Filipino national, that’s when we started to cry.”
Octopath said she was able travel to Canada through a travel guide she purchased online.
“I am Canadian and I’ve done everything legally that was required,” she said.
“And I was able go and get a visa, even though the Philippines wouldn’t accept me.”
Octomon Traveller said the Philippines is one of her favourite destinations to visit, but it’s a long way from where she and her husband live.
“The Philippines is a really beautiful country,” said Traveller, who is originally from India.
Octomor said she’s not surprised by the Government’s decision, given her experience living in Manila, where she was refused entry after a Filipino passport was confiscated. “
They take good care of their citizens, they are a very generous country, so you know you are safe.”
Octomor said she’s not surprised by the Government’s decision, given her experience living in Manila, where she was refused entry after a Filipino passport was confiscated.
“In Manila, I know all the Filipinos, and they are always nice and welcoming.
And I always feel safe here,” she added.
“This is really upsetting.”
Octamon said she will be applying for a visa again, and is hoping to go back to Manila soon.
“There is no way I am going to miss this trip.
I’m going to come back in two months,” she told CBC News.
Octomon said she also plans to apply to travel back to the United States for the holidays.
“If they let me, I’ll come back and make sure I am able to go there again, but the Philippines still won’t allow me to,” she explained.
“So I have to come here and see what is going on.
And hopefully, I can make it through this.”
In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for Citizenship and Immigration Canada said: “Citizens of Canada do not need to apply through an external agency, as this process is completely voluntary and a decision is made on an individual basis.”
The Government is currently considering all applications for a temporary resident visa, including those from the Philippine Islands, and will review the process to determine which applications meet the criteria for the appropriate visa.
“To be honest, it was the worst experience ever. “
Just last week I got my visa, and it was rejected,” she wrote.
“Now, I am very scared, and my heart hurts. “
I just can’t believe that we can’t get in the country.” “
Now, I am very scared, and my heart hurts.
I just can’t believe that we can’t get in the country.”
Octobo Traveller told CBC’s In Focus that she is worried her family’s situation will continue to deteriorate, and she plans to leave her family in Manila for the Philippines when her visa expires.
“But I can’t really say anything right now because I’m afraid.””
But I can’t really say anything right now because I’m afraid.”