The Philippines has implemented revised travel restrictions for certain foreign travelers.

Key Points:

  • Under a change that took effect Feb. 16, foreigners with valid 9(g) working visas, 9(f) student visas, Special Visas for Employment Generation (SVEG), and a Special Investors Residence Visas (SIRV) under Executive Order 63, issued on or prior to March 20, 2020, are permitted to enter the Philippines. However, those whose visas were issued after March 20, 2020, still need to present an exemption from the Department of Foreign Affairs upon entry.
  • Holders of Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV), and 9(a) temporary visitor’s visas may also be allowed to enter, as long as they present an entry exemption document.
  • The visa-free privileges of foreigners from 157 locations remain suspended. Those who wish to enter the Philippines with a tourist visa must first secure an entry visa, and only those that are entitled to the balikbayan privilege may be granted visa-free entry.
  • Additionally, all travelers are required to have a pre-booked accommodation for at least six nights in an accredited quarantine hotel or facility. More information about the travel restrictions is available here.

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