Embassy to Pinoy World Youth Day pilgrims: 'No overstaying'
Filipinos who will be attending this year's World Youth Day in Poland have been advised not to stay beyond the period their Schengen visa allows them to.
In an advisory, the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw said a holder of Schengen visa is entitled to enter and move within the territory of Poland and of other Schengen member-states for a duration not exceeding 90 days within a 180-day period.
It said visa extensions are only allowed for humanitarian reasons, such as in the case of someone who falls ill on or right before the end of the 90-day stay, or due to "force majeur," or natural or man-made disasters beyond the control of the visa holder.
The embassy also reminded Filipinos to safeguard their passports and to take with them only a copy of their passport data page and Schengen visa when going around Krakow to attend World Youth Day activities.
In the event that a Filipino loses his or her passport in Krakow during the event, the Philippine Embassy will issue the concerned Filipino national an emergency travel document that would enable him or her to return to the Philippines.
Some 1,500 Filipinos are expected to troop to Krakow in Poland for the 2016 World Youth Day to be held from July 25-31.
For guide, Filipino pilgrims and visitors to Krakow are encouraged to download the krakow.pl application on their smartphones or to visit the website at www.krakow.pl/en, which contains helpful information on Krakow such as on public transportation and available accommodations.
This year's celebration will mark the 30th anniversary of when St. John Paul II, the former archbishop of Krakow, invited bishops all over the world to hold an annual event for youths in their dioceses.
Pope Francis is expected to arrive for the event. —KBK, GMA News