By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora

Department of Foreign Affairs (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said the suspension of its e-visa application in China was to allow further improvement in its “future operations”.

In a statement, the DFA said the system is undergoing a period of re-assessment after more than three months of beta testing.

“This is to inform the public that the Philippine e-Visa system, which has undergone a period of beta testing in Philippine Foreign Service Posts in China, is currently undergoing a period of re-assessment with the aim of improving future operations, including for its payment processing systems,” it said.

“Applicants in China are advised to contact the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General in lodging their visa applications and for further inquiries,” it added.

The DFA announced Thursday the suspension “until further notice” of its e-visa operations in its embassy and consulates across China.

Based on the latest available data, DFA’s foreign service posts have issued a total of 1,739 Philippine e-visas from Aug. 24 to Nov. 6. (PNA)