COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 43: UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AND VISA RULES FOR THE PHILIPPINES AS OF 21 OCTOBER 2020

COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 43: UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AND VISA RULES FOR THE PHILIPPINES AS OF 21 OCTOBER 2020

UPDATE 3: The Balikbayan Program will resume on 07 December 2020, and former Filipinos, as well as foreign spouses or children traveling with a Balikbayan, may again enter the Philippines visa-free beginning 07 December 2020. Please refer to our COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 45 for more details, including additional COVID-19-related requirements to enter the Philippines.

UPDATE 2: Further to below, holders of the following valid visas shall also be allowed to enter the Philippines:

  • MCL-07-021 Permanent Resident  Visa based on on Secion 13(a) of CA 613 under MO No. MCL-07-021;
  • EO 226 visas;
  • Special Investor's Resident Visa (SIRV) under EO 226; and
  • Visas issued by Authority of the Freeport Authority of Bataan (AFAB), Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA), and Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

UPDATE 1: In addition ot the exemptions originally listed in this advisory, pursuant to IATF Resolution No. 80 dated 22 October 2020, foreign nationals who are holders of the following valid visas may also be allowed entry into the Philippines beginning 01 November 2020:

  • 47(a-2) visas; and
  • Visas issued by Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO) and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

The Embassy hereby provides the following reference for all Philippine travel restrictions and visa rules in effect for foreigners intending to travel to the Philippines as of 16 October 2020.

I. GENERAL RULE ON ENTRY OF FOREIGNERS TO THE PHILIPPINES

As a general rule, foreigners are still not allowed to travel to  or enter the Philippines at this time.

The visa-free entry for certain foreigners and the visa-free balikbayan privilege for former Filipinos is suspended until further notice. Former Filipinos who have acquired a foreign citizenship and have not applied to reacquire their Philippine citizenship, and who do not fall under any of the exceptions indicated below, cannot travel to the Philippines and cannot apply for visas at this time.

II. EXEMPTIONS TO THE GENERAL RULE ON ENTRY OF FOREIGNERS TO THE PHILIPPINES

A. The following foreigners with valid and appropriate visas may be allowed to travel to or enter the Philippines:

  1. Foreign spouses of Filipino nationals (COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 37);
  2. Foreign minor children, and foreign children with special needs regardless of age, of Filipino nationals (COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 37);
  3. Foreign parents of minor Filipino children, and of Filipino children with special needs regardless of age (COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 37);
  4. Foreign seafarers who will board ships docked in the Philippines or who are crew members of ships going to the Philippines (COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 35);
  5. Accredited Foreign Government and International Organization officials and their dependents; and
  6. Foreign airline crew.

The above-mentioned foreigners who do not have valid and appropriate visas to the Philippines should apply for a new visa at the Philippine Embassy.

B. The following foreigners with valid long-term visas to the Philippines shall also be allowed entry into the Philippines (COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 36):

  1. Temporary Resident Visa (based on Section 13 series of Commonwealth Act No. 613, as amended, including 13 quota, 13(a), 13(b), 13(c), 13(d), 13(e), and 13(g) visas)
  2. RA 7919 visas (legal residence status granted to foreign nationals through a Social Integration Program in the Philippines under certain conditions as provided under Republic Act No. 7919)
  3. EO 324 visa (foreign nationals who have acquired permanent residency under Executive Order No. 324)
  4. Native-born visa (foreign nationals born in the Philippines whose parents, either or both, are lawful permanent residents)

C. Foreign partners of pregnant Filipino nationals should apply with the Embassy an exemption from the temporary suspension on visa issuance to visit the Philippines (COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 38).

The requests for exemption of foreign partners of pregnant Filipino nationals will be referred by the Embassy to the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for processing and approval. The Embassy will issue visas to concerned applicants only after receiving authority from DFA.

D. All other requests for exemption from the travel restrictions

All other requests for exemption from the travel restrictions, whether for business purposes or on humanitarian grounds, will be evaluated on a case-to-case basis and are likewise subject to approval by the DFA in the Philippines.

III. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ARRIVING FOREIGNERS

Aside from having valid and appropriate visas at the time of entry to the Philippines, arriving foreigners shall comply with the following conditions of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID):

  1. Foreigners must have a pre-booked accredited quarantine facility;
  2. Foreigners must have a pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider; and
  3. Entry is subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers as set by the National Task Force for COVID-19.

Please check with the local authorities of your final destination in the Philippines regarding their own COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements.

IV. VISA APPLICATIONS WITH THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY

For the requirements and procedure for visa application, including how to secure an appointment to apply in person, please refer to the Visa page on our website.

These rules are in place until further notice. Please monitor the Embassy website for any updates.