What is the change? The government has suspended issuing visas upon arrival to all Chinese nationals in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

What does the change mean? Chinese nationals cannot receive a visa upon arrival until further notice and must obtain a visa before traveling to the Philippines.

  • Implementation time frame: Jan. 27.
  • Visas/permits affected: Visas upon arrival.
  • Who is affected: Chinese nationals and their employers.
  • Impact on processing: Chinese nationals must now obtain a visa before traveling to the Philippines, adding an additional step and possible delays.
  • Next steps: Employers should consider the unavailability of visas on arrival when sending Chinese national employees to the Philippines.

Background: Since the coronavirus was first detected in December, countries have begun issuing travel bans and warnings to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Analysis & Comments: The government hopes the suspension will slow down travel and thereby aid in preventing the spread of the virus. It should be noted that Chinese nationals are not barred from entering the Philippines. Deloitte will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as they become available.

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