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ADVISORY: Lifting of Travel Restrictions on Certain Categories of Foreign Passengers From 01 May 2021

Pursuant to NTF Resolution No. 113 dated 29 April 2021, and relevant guidelines issued by the IATF, the entry of certain categories of foreign nationals shall be resumed effective 1 May 2021.

The following measures shall be observed for the duration of the travel ban:

1. MAY BE allowed entry

1 Diplomats and members of International Organizations and their dependents Valid 9(e) visa


Valid 47(a)(2) visa (issued to those performing diplomatic functions)


2 Filipino dual citizens Any of the following:

–        Valid Philippine passport

–        Identification Certificate (IC)

–        Certification of Retention/Reacquisiton of Philippine citizenship


3 Foreign nationals with valid and existing visas at the time of entry (except for 9a visas and SRRV holders, refer to nos. 5 and 6)


With valid 9(c)


With valid long-term visas (permanent immigrant and special non-immigrant)


4 Foreign nationals allowed entry under the Balikbayan Program, provided they are nationals from non-visa required countries under EO 408:


–        Former Filipino citizens, together with their foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them; and,

–        Filipino citizen’s spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them.




No need for DFA entry exemption


Must be able to present documentary proof of filiation with the Filipino national

5 The following foreign nationals who are NOT traveling together with the principal Filipino national, but are joining the Filipino national in the Philippines:


–        Foreign spouses of Filipino nationals;

–        Foreign minor children, and foreign children with special needs regardless of age, of Filipino nationals; and,

–        Foreign parents of minor Filipino children and children with special needs regardless of age


Valid 9(a) visa or SRRV


DFA entry exemption


Must be able to present documentary proof of filiation with the Filipino national

6 Holders of valid and existing Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV) and 9(A) visas, PROVIDED, they present an entry exemption document to the Bureau of Immigration upon arrival


Note: The entry exemption document may be secured from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) upon the endorsement by the relevant national government agency (NGA) or instrumentality. In the case of SRRV holders, endorsement must be first secured from the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) and the Department of Tourism (DOT).



Valid 9(a) visa or SRRV


DFA entry exemption




2. SHALL NOT be allowed entry

Pursuant to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution No. 112, No. 117-B and subsequent resolutions, all travelers coming from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Oman and UAE within the past 14 days preceding arrival in the Philippines shall be prohibited from entering the Philippines until 15 June 2021.

3. Visa Application Procedures

Kindly refer to the following Advisory for the visa application requirements and procedures:


All visa applications will be processed by mailing only. No in-person applications will be entertained as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.

For pre-evaluation purposes, email the accomplished application form, including all requirements in one (1) pdf file, to visa@philembassy.net, with email subject: FULL NAME_Visa-Pre-Evaluation (e.g. YUKI SATO_Visa Pre-Evaluation).

4. General Arrival Protocols

All arriving passengers are kindly advised to be guided by the following:

  1. Mandatory quarantine for 14 days shall be completed;
  2. International passengers shall be required to undergo a facility or hotel quarantine for ten (10) days upon arrival;
  3. Testing will be done on Day 7, with Day 1 being the date of arrival/check-in;
  4. International passengers may continue their quarantine at home or in their hotels (as the case may be) from Day 11 up to Day 14, provided they get a negative RT-PCR test result.

Refer to this link for details: https://tokyo.philembassy.net/01announcements/advisory-testing-and-quarantine-protocols-from-8-may-2021/