COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 54: UPDATES TO TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF TRAVEL INTO THE PHILIPPINES FROM 22 MARCH 2021 TO 30 APRIL 2021

COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 54: UPDATES TO TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF TRAVEL INTO THE PHILIPPINES FROM 22 MARCH 2021 TO 30 APRIL 2021

This announcement has been superseded by COVID-19 Advisory No. 56 on the entry rules for Filipinos and foreign nationals starting 1 May 2021. Please be guided accordingly.

UPDATE (17 April 2021): The temporary suspension of travel to the Philippines detailed below is extended until 30 April 2021. Further, foreign nationals with valid exemption documents duly issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) prior to 22 March 2021 are now exempt from the entry restrictions, provided they have valid visas at the time of entry.

The Embassy hereby informs the public of the following updates to the temporary suspension of travel into the Philippines, per Memorandum Circular No. 6, s. 2021 of the National Task Force against COVID-19:

1. All Filipino citizens whether returning Overseas Filipino or Overseas Filipino Worker shall be allowed to return to the Philippines;

2. Effective 0001H of 22 March 2021 to 2359H of 30 April 2021, the entry of foreign nationals shall be temporarily suspended, except for the following:

a. Diplomats and members of international organizations, and their dependents provided they hold a valid 9(e) visa or 47(a)(2) visa, as the case may be, at the time of entry;

b. Foreign nationals involved in medical repatriation duly endorsed by Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), provided that they have a valid visa at the time of entry;

c. Foreign seafarers arriving under the “Green Lanes” program for crew change provided that they hold a 9(c) crew list visa at the time of entry;

d. Foreign parents, spouses, and children of Filipino citizens travelling with them provided they have valid visas at the time of entry; and

e. Emergency, humanitarian, and other analogous cases approved by the Chairperson of the NTF COVID-19 or his duly authorized representative, provided the foreign nationals have valid visas at the time of entry.

During the period 0001H of 22 March 2021 to 2359H of 30 April 2021, the travel of Filipinos and exempted foreign nationals shall be subject to the arrival quota set by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

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. 53.

For the information and guidance of all.