The Philippine government has lifted its Travel Pass requirement for Philippine Economic Zone Authority visa holders.

Key Points:

  • Under a change that took effect Aug. 1, PEZA will no longer require foreign nationals holding PEZA visas to secure Travel Passes. PEZA will no longer process requests for the issuance of Travel Passes.
  • Individuals who hold Travel Passes will no longer need to present them to depart the country.
  • Certain visa categories — such as the 47(a)(2) visa issued by the Department of Justice and the ROHQ visa, among others — still require a Travel Pass.

Background: The Travel Pass requirement was introduced on March 1, 2021, as part of the Philippines’ response to COVID-19. The requirement was reversed this week following the issuance of a presidential proclamation that ended the Philippines’ COVID-19 public health emergency on July 31. BAL will provide updated information as it becomes available.

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