The Bureau of Immigration recently announced it would allow individuals with valid and existing visas to enter the country.

Key Points:

  • Under a change that took effect May 1, individuals holding valid and existing immigrant and non-immigrant visas may enter the country.
  • Foreign nationals qualified under the Government’s Republic Act No. 6768 or the Balikbayan Program may enter the country visa free.
  • Foreign nationals holding a valid and existing Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV) or Section 9(a) temporary visitors’ visas may be allowed entry provided they have an entry exemption document issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Additional Information: Individuals, except diplomats and members of international organizations, holding a Section 9(e) visas are required to present evidence proving that they have booked accommodation for at least seven nights in an approved quarantine designated hotel. In such cases, individuals will be subject to COVID-19 testing on day 6 of their quarantine.

Individuals traveling from India or have travel history in India within the last 14 days are barred from entering the country until May 14.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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