The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai posted on its Facebook page the new protocols for the entry of foreign nationals to the Philippines starting February 1.
The new rule is pursuant to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) last January 28.
As a general rule, foreign nationals are still prohibited from entering the country except the following:
- Diplomats and members of international organizations and their dependents; provided, they have a valid 9(e) visa at the time of entry.
- Foreign seafarers; provided that they a valid 9(c) visa at the time of entry.
- Holders of 13 series visa under the Immigration Act (Commonwealth Act [CA] 613, as amended, which includes:
- Temporary Resident Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13a [marriage to Filipino];
- Temporary Resident Visa (based on MO ADD-01-038/ ADDD-02-015 [Indian nationals]);
- MCL-07-021 Permanent Resident Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13a [Chinese nationals]; and
- Native Born Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13c [for foreigners born to foreign parent/s with permanent resident status in the Philippines])
- Holders of Republic Act 7919 visas (granted through Social Integration Program).
- Holders of Executive Order 324 visas.
- Foreign spouses of Filipino nationals, provided, the Filipino spouse is in the Philippines and they have valid visas at the time of entry.
- 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.
- 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/are in the Philippines and they have valid visa at the time of entry.
- Holders of Special visa issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) under Republic Act 8756.
- Holders of 47(a-2) visas issued by the BI.
- 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.
- Holders of Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV) issued under EO 226 (Omnibus Investment Code, as amended) but not under EO 63.
- Dual Filipino citizens carrying foreign passports; provided, they possess and present a Recognition Certificate or a Certificate of Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition under RA9225.
- Filipino citizen’s foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, from non-visa required countries, who are traveling with them, and avails of the visa-free entry privileges under RA No. 6768 (Act Instituting the Balikbayan Program).
- Holders of 9(g) visas who departed the Philippines on or after December 17. 2020; provided, they have a valid visa at the time of entry.