The Philippines recently announced the relaxing of travel restrictions for foreign nationals.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals with long-term visas will be allowed to enter the country beginning Aug. 1. Their visas must be valid as no new entry visa applications will be accepted.
  • Foreign nationals with long-term visas wishing to enter the country must secure a pre-booked accredited quarantine facility and a pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider.
  • Their ability to enter the country is also subject to the maximum capacity of inbound travelers at the port and day of entry. Overseas Filipinos returning to the Philippines shall have priority for entering.

Analysis & Comments: The relaxing of travel restrictions for foreign nationals with valid long-term visas is good news for employers wishing to send employees to the Philippines. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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