The Philippines will temporarily suspended entry to foreign nationals and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) who are Non-Overseas Filipino Workers (Non-OFWs). The suspension will last from March 20 until April 19. The following are exempt:

  • Holders of 9(c) visas (seafarers).
  • Individuals on medical repatriation and their escorts endorsed by the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs, or the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.
  • Distressed ROFs endorsed by the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs.
  • Emergency and humanitarian cases.

Additional Information: In addition to suspending entry to some travelers, the Philippines will limit the number of overall inbound international travelers to 1,500 per day.

Analysis & Comments: The Philippines enacted the suspension of entry to combat a rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. Foreign nationals who are not covered by one of the exemptions listed above should postpone travel at this time.

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