COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 49: UPDATED ENTRY RESTRICTIONS AND VISA RULES FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS TRAVELING TO THE PHILIPPINES BEGINNING 01 FEBRUARY 2021 (UPDATED 09 FEBRUARY 2021)

COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 49: UPDATED ENTRY RESTRICTIONS AND VISA RULES FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS TRAVELING TO THE PHILIPPINES BEGINNING 01 FEBRUARY 2021 (UPDATED 09 FEBRUARY 2021)

UPDATE 1: Per IATF Resolution No. 98, Series of 2021 dated 04 February 2021, the requirement for a pre-booked quarantine accommodation has been amended to at least six (6) nights, instead of seven (7) nights. Further, holders of valid and existing Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV) and Section 9(a) visas are still not allowed to enter the country, unless they are able to secure an exemption document from the Department that shall be presented to the Bureau of Immigration upon arrival.

The Embassy informs the public of the following protocols for the entry of foreign nationals to the Philippines beginning 01 February 2021:

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:

  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 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);
  3. Holders of 13 series visa under the Immigration Act (Commonwealth Act [CA] 613, as amended, which include:
  • Temporary Resident Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13a [marriage to a Filipino]);
  • Temporary Resident Visa (based on MO ADD-01-038/ ADD-02-015 [Indian nationals]);
  • MCL-07-021 Permanent Resident Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13 a [Chinese nationals married to Filipino citizens]); and
  • Native Born Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13c [for foreigners born to foreign parent/s with permanent resident status in the Philippines]) (IATF Resolution No. 56, Series of 2020);
  1. Holders of Republic Act 7919 visas (granted through Social Integration Program) (IATF Resolution No. 56, Series of 2020);
  2. Holders of Executive Order 324 visas (IATF Resolution No. 56, Series of 2020);
  3. 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);
  4. 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);
  5. 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);
  6. Holders of Special visas issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) under Republic Act 8756 (IATF Resolution No. 80, Series of 2020);
  7. Holders of 47(a)(2) visas issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) (IATF Resolution No. 80, Series of 2020);
  8. Holders of 9(d) visas issued by the BI (IATF Resolution No. 84, Series of 2020);
  9. 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);
  10. 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);
  11. 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);
  12. 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);
  13. 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
  14. 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. All foreign nationals permitted entry into the Philippines shall be required: (1) to secure and present a pre-booked accommodation for at least seven (7) 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.

In view of the above, the Embassy will resume accepting and processing visa applications for qualified foreign nationals under the abovementioned exceptions beginning 01 February 2021.

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. 46 and COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 47.

For the information and guidance of all.