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Batanes

History
Centuries before the Spanish colonization, the ancestors of today's Ivatans lived in protected settlements called Idjangs, which were usually in defensive positions on top of steep hills. The word "Idjang" was derived from the Ivatan word "Idi" or "Idian" which means home or hometown. The Ivatan tribes are farmers, fishermen, and boat-makers. In 1685 Dominican missionaries arrived and attempted to Christianize the Ivatans but the efforts were abandoned with the death of two resident missionaries. In 1718, missionaries made another attempt to bring the people of Batanes under the Cross. Missions directed from the island of Calayan in the Babuyan Group of Islands were sent to Batanes to urge the residents to resettle in Babuyan.
Transportation
The primary mode of commuting inland is tricycle. In Batan Island, the tricycle transport is systematically controlled by Batanes Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (BATODA), passengers have to call or text to use their service, BATODA’s contact number is +639297038404. Transportation between towns in Batan Island are serviced by jeepneys that connect Basco to Mahatao, Ivana and Uyugan albeit the trips are limited.Most tourists tour the island of Batan by renting private vans that costs P2,000 to P3,000 per day (inclusive of driver and/or tour guide), this is best for group of at least eight people to lower the cost.
Weather
Batanes has a tropical climate. The average yearly temperature is 26.0 °C (78.8 °F), and the average monthly temperature ranges from 22.0 °C (71.6 °F) in January to 28.5 °C (83.3 °F) in July, similar to that of Southern Taiwan. Precipitation is abundant throughout the year; the rainiest month is August while the driest month is April. November to February are the coldest months. There is a misconception that Batanes is constantly battered by typhoons. Batanes is mentioned frequently in connection with typhoons, because it holds the northernmost weather station in the Philippines.
People & Culture
The people of Batanes or the Ivatans, whose ancestors are descended of Austronesians that migrated to the islands 4000 years ago during the Neolithic period. The dominant language in Batanes is also called Ivatan, Ivatan is considered to be one of the Austronesian languages. Because of its isolation from the rest of the country, the traditional culture of the area has likewise remained intact. Batanes, a heritage site not only for the Philippines but for the rest of the world.
Food
When in the islands, you will notice that most of the Batanes food or dishes are served in a big green leaf. This becomes even more evident if you come visit during a fiesta event.Those leaves are called vunung or breadfruit leaves (or kabaya in Filipino). Traditionally, meals are served in this leaf for easy wrapping — not to mention that it’s environmentally-friendly too! As for utensils, we customarily use our hands. It may seem difficult at first, but as a local, this is like the best and most homey way to eat Batanes food.

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Columbia

90 days can be extended for another 90 days

Taiwan

14 days (extended until July 31, 2020)

Viet Nam

21 days. Single entry eVisa is valid for 30 days

Myanmar

14 days visa free, need to apply for eVisa for 28 days stay, visa holders, must arrive via Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw or Mandalay airports

USA

General Requirements

  1. DS-160 Online Visa Electronic Application
  2. Original Old and Valid Passport( 6 months Valid)
  3. 2 pcs picture 2×2  colored with white Background
  4. Proof of Funds (Original passbook with bank certificate, Original 6 months Bank Statement, Time Deposit Certificate(if any) and 3 months credit card Billing Statement)
  5. Proof of Assets (Original Land Title Certificate, Car Registration and any property documents)
  6. PSA Marriage Certificate (If traveling with spouse)
  7. PSA Birth Certificate(If traveling with Family)

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment
  2.  Approved leave of absence

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy DTI or SEC Registration
  3. Copy of Income Tax Return

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Copy of Registration Form

IF RETIREE:

  1. Retirement Documents or Copy of Senior Citizen I.D

IF INVITED:

    1. Invitation Letter
    2. Copy of Sponsors Passport
    3. Proof of Relationship
United Kingdom

General Requirements

  1. Original valid passport
  2. 2 passport size colored with white background
  3. Completed online  application form  
  4. Latest Income Tax Return 
  5. Bank Certificate, last 6 months bank statement and last 6 months credit card statement 
  6. PSA Birth Certificate
  7. PSA Marriage Certificate – for married) 
  8. Proof of assets such as; Land Title, Car Registration, or any property documents
  9. Previous passports (within 10 years) 

– All documents submitted should be original and with one (1) set of photocopy. 

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Employment Certificate
  2. Approved Leave of Absence
  3. Last 6 months payslips

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Business documents such as; Mayor’s Permit, DTI/SEC

IF STUDENT:

  1. Proof of Enrollment and School Certificate

IF RETIREE:

    1. Copy of Senior Card or Retirement Documents
    2. Copy of Pension
Schengen Countries

General Requirements

  1. Schengen Application Form (A4 Size)
  2. Old and Valid Passport (6 months Valid)
  3. 2 pcs 2×2 size colored with white background
  4. Cover letter stating the purpose of visit and Itinerary
  5. Flight Booking
  6. Proof of accomodation
  7. Travel Insurance confirmation of minimum 30,000 Euro coverage entire Schengen Area
  8. Proof of sufficient Financial means  (Bank Certificate, Bank Statement and Passbook)
  9.  Day to day itinerary with transfers
  10. Copy of credit card (just the front), land title, car registration (if applicable)

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment showing Date Hired, Position, Compensation.
  2. Approved Certificate of Leave of Absence

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Full Copy of SEC
  2. Copy of Financial Statement
  3. Copy of General Information Sheet (GIS)

IF STUDENT:

  1. Proof of Enrollment and School Certificate

IF RETIREE:

    1. Copy of Senior Card or Retirement Documents
    2. Copy of Pension
New Zealand

General Requirements

  1. Original, valid and old passports
  2. 2 pcs passport size pictures, colored with white background
  3. Photocopy of Income Tax Return
  4. Original bank certificate
  5. Original latest 6 months bank statement

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment
  2. Original approved leave of absence

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy DTI or SEC Registration

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Copy of School ID

IF INVITED:

  1. Invitation letter if invited
  2. Copy of passport with visa of inviter
South Korea

General Requirements

  1. Application Form
  2. 1 pc. Passport size colored picture
  3. Passport Original(6 months Valid)
  4. Copy of Passport First Page
  5. Original & copy of valid visa and arrival stamps
  6. Original Bank Certificate
  7. Original Bank Statement 
  8. Copy of Income Tax Return
  9. Copy of PRC or IBP Card (If applicable only)
  10. Birth Certificate (If traveling with family)
  11. Marriage Certificate (If traveling with spouse)

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy DTI or SEC Registration

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Copy of School ID

IF RETIREE:

  1. Retirement Documents or Copy of Senior Citizen I.D

If personally invited by Korean: Invitation Letter & Copy of Inviter’s Passport

If invited by Company in Korea: Invitation letter & Copy of Korean Company Business Permit

Japan

General Requirements

  1. Application Form (A4 Size)
  2. Old and Valid Passport (6 months Valid)
  3. 2 pcs Picture 2×2 size colored with white background
  4. Latest Income Tax Return
  5. Original Bank Certificate
  6. PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate (Issued within a year)
  7. PSA Marriage Contract (Issued within a year, if married)
  8. Authorization Letter (for Visa Filling and Pick-up)
  9. Daily Schedule in Japan
  10. Original Letter of guarantee with passport copy of sponsor (If the applicant sponsor by other person)

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy DTI or SEC Registration

IF STUDENT:

  1. Photocopy of School I.D
  2. Original Affidavit of Support of parents/Guardian

IF RETIREE:

    1. Copy of Senior Card or Retirement Documents
    2. Original Marriage Certificate (if traveling w/ Spouse)
    3. Affidavit of Support if Senior is dependent.
China

General Requirements

  1. Application Form (Form V.2013A)
  2. Old and Valid Passport (6 months Valid)
  3. 2 pcs passport size colored with white background
  4. Flight Booking
  5. Hotel Voucher

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment
  2. Copy of Company I.D

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy  DTI or SEC Registration

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Copy of School I.D

IF RETIREE:

  1. Copy of Senior Citizen I.D or Retirement Documents

IF SPONSORED:

  1. Sponsorship Letter of Affidavit of Support
  2. Marriage Certificate for Spouse
  3. Birth Certificate for Children
Canada

General Requirements

  1. Completed Filled out set of Application Form
  2. Original Old and Valid Passport
  3. 2 pcs Passport size colored w/ white background
  4. Bank Certificate
  5. Copy of Income Tax Return
  6. Original PSA Birth Certificate
  7. Original PSA Marriage Certificate

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy  DTI and SEC Registration

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate

IF INVITED:

    1. Invitation Letter from Canada
    2. Copy of Sponsors Passport
Australia

General Requirements

  1. Application Form ( Form 1419 and Form 956)
  2. 2pcs Passport size w/ with background
  3. Copy of Passport (6 months Valid)
  4. Proof of Funds (Original passbook with bank certificate, Original 3 months Bank Statement, Time Deposit Certificate (if any) and 3 months credit card Billing Statement)
  5. Proof of Assets (Original Land Title Certificate, Car Registration and any property documents)
  6. PSA Marriage Certificate (If traveling with Spouse)
  7. PSA Birth Certificate (If traveling with Family)
  8. Copy of PRC or IBP I.D (If applicable only)

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment
  2. Approved leave of Absence
  3. Copy of Company I.D.
  4. Copy of Income Tax Return

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy DTI or SEC Registration
  3. Copy of Income Tax Return

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Copy of School ID
  3. Copy of Registration Form

IF RETIREE:

  1. Copy of Senior Citizen ID
  2. Retirement Certificate for early retiree.

IF INVITED:

    1. Invitation Letter
    2. Copy of Sponsors Passport
    3. Proof of Relationship
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