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ADVISORY 20/2021                                              

FURTHER PARTIAL LIFTING OF TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF ENTRY OF FOREIGN NATIONALS INTO THE PHILIPPINES

The Embassy wishes to announce that the Philippines is further lifting the temporary suspension of entry of foreign nationals into the country (as previously announced in Advisory 13/2021), and making it easier for the following groups of foreign nationals to enter the Philippines, as follows:                                                               

1. Foreign nationals who are spouses, parents or children of Filipino nationals

Effective 01 August 2021, foreign nationals who are spouses, parents or children of Filipino citizens, whether or not travelling with said Filipino citizens, can enter the Philippines with a 9a visa issued after 01 August 2021 without need for an entry exemption document (EED).

When applying for the 9a visa at the Philippine Embassy, they must provide the following in addition to the usual 9a temporary visitor’s visa requirements:

  • a) proof of relationship showinig clearly the name of the visa applicant (original Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Marriage Certificate for spouses or original PSA Birth Certificate for parents and children) that they will present at the Bureau of Immigration Counter in the airport of entry, and
  • b) proof of residency of the Filipino spouse, parent or child to be visited in a particular place in the Philippines if not travelling with them.

(Per FSC 2021-011 dated 22 July 2021 and CIR-1972-OCA dated 26 July 2021)                                                                                                              

2. Foreign nationals who are holders of SRRVs

Effective 03 June 2021, foreign nationals who are holders of Special Retiree Resident's Visas (SRRVs) are allowed to enter the country without need for an entry exemption document.

They must have a valid Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) ID Card that they will present upon entry at the Bureau of Immigration Counter.

(Per IATF Resolution No. 119 dated 03 June 2021)

3. Foreign nationals engaged in long-term employment (9(g) visa)

Effective 16 August 2021, foreign nationals may be issued 9(g) visas for long-term employment over six months with a Philippine-based employer without need for an Entry Exemption Document (EED).  They must request their Philippine-based employer to file the application for them before the Bureau of Immigration (BI), which will then convey the approved applications to the Department of Foreign Affairs for onward transmittal to the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw.  The Embassy shall issue the 9(g) visa with a notation, and the 9(g) visa shall be valid for 90 days from date of issuance.  Their entry to the Philippines is without prejudice to the exercise of the mandate of the BI in arrival and departure formalities.  They shall report to the BI within seven (7) days from their release from isolation or quarantine for registration and re-stamping of their 9(g) visa validity on their passport.

However, foreign nationals already holding valid 9(g) visas without notation by the issuing Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad are required to present an Entry Exception Document (EED) issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs, otherwise, they may be refused entry upon arrival in the Philippines.

(Per FSC 2021-012 dated 06 August 2021 and CIR-2180-OCA dated 13 August 2021)

4. Foreign nationals employed in foreign-funded government projects (47(a)(2) visa)

Effective 16 August 2021, foreign nationals may be issued 47(a)(2) visas for employment in connection with foreign-funded government projects such as those in transportation and infrastructure, without need for an Entry Exemption Document (EED).  They must request their Philippine-based employer to file the application before the Department of Justice (DOJ), which will then convey the approved applications to the Department of Foreign Affairs for onward transmittal to the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw.  The Embassy shall issue the 47(a)(2) visa with validity based on the DOJ approval. Their entry to the Philippines is without prejudice to the exercise of the mandate of the BI in arrival and departure formalities.  Their endorsing government agency shall report their arrival to the DOJ within seven (7) days from their release from isolation or quarantine.

(Per FSC 2021-012 dated 06 August 2021 and CIR-2180-OCA dated 13 August 2021)