COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 51: ENTRY RESTRICTIONS AND VISA RULES FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS TRAVELING TO THE PHILIPPINES BEGINNING 16 FEBRUARY 2021

COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 51: ENTRY RESTRICTIONS AND VISA RULES FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS TRAVELING TO THE PHILIPPINES BEGINNING 16 FEBRUARY 2021

The Embassy informs the public of the following protocols for the entry of foreign nationals to the Philippines:

A. As a general rule, foreign nationals are still prohibited from entering the Philippines, except the following (“Excepted Foreign Nationals”), without need of an entry exemption from the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines from 01 February 2021:

  1. Diplomats and members of international organizations and their dependents; provided, they have valid 9(e) visas at the time of entry (IATF Resolution No. 60, Series of 2020 & FSC No. 36-2020);
  2. Foreign airline crew (FSC No. 53-2020);
  3. Foreign seafarers; provided, they have a valid 9(c) visa at the time of entry (IATF Resolution No. 47, Series of 2020, FSC No. 34-2020 & FSC No. 37-2020);
  4. Holders of 9(D) visa or Treaty trader visa (IATF Resolution No. 84, Series of 2020);
  5. Holders of 13 series visa under the Immigration Act (Commonwealth Act [CA] 613, as amended) which includes 13 quota, 13(A), 13(B), 13(C), 13(D), 13(E), 13(G) visas);
  6. Holders of Republic Act 7919 visas (granted through Social Integration Program) (IATF Resolution No. 56, Series of 2020);
  7. Holders of Executive Order 324 visas (IATF Resolution No. 56, Series of 2020);
  8. Holders of Native Born visa for foreigners born to foreign parent/s with permanent resident status in the Philippines (IATF Resolution No. 56, Series of 2020);
  9. Holders of Temporary Resident Visa (based on MO ADD-01-038/ ADD-02-015 [Indian nationals]);
  10. Holders of CL-07-021 Permanent Resident Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13 a [Chinese nationals married to Filipino citizens])
  11. Foreign spouses of Filipino nationals; provided, the Filipino spouse is in Philippines and they have valid visas at the time of entry (IATF Resolution No. 60, Series of 2020 & FSC No. 36-2020);
  12. Foreign minor children, and foreign children with special needs regardless of age, of Filipino nationals; provided, the Filipino parent is in the Philippines and they have valid visas at the time of entry (IATF Resolution No. 60, Series of 2020 & FSC No. 36-2020);
  13. Foreign parents of minor Filipino children and of Filipino children with special needs regardless of age; provided, the said Filipino minor or child/children is in the Philippines and they have valid visas at the time of entry (IATF Resolution No. 60, Series of 2020 & FSC No. 36-2020);
  14. Dual Filipino citizens carrying foreign passports; provided they possess and present a Recognition Certificate or a Certificate of Foreign Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition under R.A. No. 9225 (IATF Resolution No. 84, Series of 2020);
  15. Holders of Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV) issued under EO 226 (Omnibus Investment Code, as amended) but not under EO 63 (IATF Resolution No. 80, Series of 2020);
  16. Holders of Special visas issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) under Republic Act 8756 (IATF Resolution No. 80, Series of 2020);
  17. Holders of 47(a)(2) visas issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) (IATF Resolution No. 80, Series of 2020);
  18. Holders of visas issued by the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, and Clark Development Corporation (IATF Resolution No. 84, Series of 2020);
  19. Filipino citizen’s foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, from non-visa required countries (including Norway and Iceland), who are traveling with them, and avails of visa-free entry privileges R.A. No. 6768 (Act Instituting the Balikbayan Program) (IATF Resolution No. 85, Series of 2020);
  20. Former Filipino citizens, including their foreign spouses and children, from non-visa required countries (including Norway and Iceland) regardless of age, who are traveling with them, and avails of visa-free entry privileges R.A. No. 6768 (Act Instituting the Balikbayan Program) (IATF Resolution No. 85, Series of 2020); and
  21. Holders of 9(g) visas who departed the Philippines on or after 17 December 2020; provided, they have a valid visa at the time of entry (IATF Resolution No. 85, Series of 2020);

B. Effective 16 February 2021, the following foreign nationals will be allowed to travel to the Philippines:

  1. Holders of valid 9(G), 9(F), SVEG, and SIRV under EO 63 visas, provided that their respective visas were issued on or before 20 March 2020.
  2. 9(G), 9(F), SVEG, and SIRV under EO 63 visa holders who do not have visas issued on or before 20 March 2020 must secure an entry exemption document from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), which should be presented to immigration authorities upon entry in the Philippines; and
  3. Holders of valid Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV) and Section 9(a) visas, provided that they secure a DFA entry exemption document which should be presented to immigration authorities upon entry in the Philippines. 

    9(a) visa holders who are foreign spouses of Filipino nationals, minor children and children with special needs of Filipino nationals, as well as foreign parents of Filipino minor children and children with special needs do not need an entry exemption document. However, SRRV holders who are foreign spouses of Filipino nationals must secure an entry exemption document if they are not travelling with the Filipino spouse, or if it cannot be established that the latter is currently in the country.

In view of (A) and (B), the Embassy has resumed accepting and processing visa applications for qualified foreign nationals under the abovementioned exceptions beginning 01 February 2021.

C. All foreign nationals permitted entry into the Philippines, except for Section 9(E) visa holders, shall be required: (1) to secure and present a pre-booked accommodation for at least six (6) nights in a Department of Tourism (DOT)-accredited quarantine facility; and (2) to undergo RT-PCR COVID-19 testing at their respective quarantine hotel/facility on the sixth (6th) day from date of arrival in the Philippines (IATF Resolution No. 97, Series of 2020); and other applicable quarantine and isolation protocols as prescribed by the Department of Health.

This advisory supersedes all previous advisories by the Embassy on entry restrictions and visa rules for foreign nationals traveling to the Philippines, particularly COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 49, COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 47, and COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 46.

Read the Bureau of Immigration advisory below.

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