ADVISORY: Visa Requirements For Foreign Nationals Allowed To Enter The Philippines While Under Community Quarantine


WHO ARE ALLOWED ENTRY?


  1. DUAL CITIZENS
  2. FOREIGN SPOUSES, MINOR CHILDREN, and CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS OF FILIPINO NATIONALS, and FOREIGN PARENTS OF MINOR FILIPINO CHILDREN
  3. PERMANENT (IMMIGRANT) VISA HOLDERS w/ VALID VISAS
  4. INCOMING FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS (FGOs) TRAVELLING FOR POSTING AND ASSIGNMENT IN THE PHILIPPINES
  5. FOREIGN INDIVIDUALS ENDORSED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (DTI)
  6. FOREIGN INDIVIDUALS ENDORSED BY THE PHILIPPINE ECONOMIC ZONE AUTHORITY (PEZA)
  7. FOREIGN SEAFARERS FOR PURPOSE OF SHIP ROTATION

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?


I. DUAL CITIZENS

If without a valid Philippine passport, former Filipinos in possession of a Recognition Certificate (RC) or Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003 (RA9225) Certificate may be allowed entry.

II. FOREIGN SPOUSES, MINOR CHILDREN, and CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS OF FILIPINO NATIONALS,
       and FOREIGN PARENTS OF MINOR FILIPINO CHILDREN

Pursuant to Resolution No.60 dated 30 July 2020, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) has amended the guidelines for the entry of foreign nationals who are immediate relatives of Filipino citizens.

Effective immediately, the following foreign nationals (including former Filipinos falling under the categories specified below) shall be required to secure or possess appropriate visas to be allowed entry into the Philippines:

  1. Foreign spouse of Filipino nationals
  2. Foreign minor children of Filipino nationals
  3. Foreign children with special needs, regardless of age of Filipino nationals
  4. Foreign parents of minor Filipino children; and
  5. Foreign parents of Filipino children with special needs, regardless of age.

General Requirements for 9(A) visa issuance:

  1. Original passport and photocopy of its data page. The passport must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;
  2. Duly accomplished non-immigrant visa application form with visa applicant’s signature ( https://tokyo.philembassy.net/downloads/visa-nonimmi.pdf);
  3. Passport-size color photograph of the visa applicant, taken within the last 3 months, pasted in the designated box in the application form;
  4. Proof of marriage or filiation and proof of Philippine citizenship of the immediate Filipino relative (e.g. birth certificate, marriage contract, PH passport, etc.);
  5. Guarantee Letter from Filipino spouse/parent ( https://tokyo.philembassy.net/consular-section/downloadable-forms/#nav-cat);
  6. Copy of Flight itinerary/booking. (*Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers)
  7. Proof of pre-booked accredited quarantine facility ( http://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/facilities-inspected-as-of-july-30-2020/); and,
  8. Proof of pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider (coordinate with airlines).

You are kindly advised to fill-out the Case Investigation Form (CIF) in this link 3 days prior to your arrival in the Philippines to facilitate processing of your PCR test and quarantine: https://e-cif.redcross.org.ph/

The above individuals who still possess valid visas previously issued by either the Bureau of Immigration, other competent authorities or Foreign Service Posts abroad need not apply for a new visa.

In addition, covered foreign nationals should also show proof of marriage or filiation and proof of Philippine citizenship of the immediate relatives, and other supporting documents to Immigration authorities upon arrival in the Philippines. Kindly note that a visa does not guarantee entry into the Philippines.

III. PERMANENT (IMMIGRANT) VISAS

Pursuant to Resolution No.56 dated 16 July 2020, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) directed that starting 01 August 2020, holders of Commonwealth Act 613, Sec 13 Permanent Visas (PRV) may be allowed to enter the Philippines.

Effective immediately, the following foreign nationals who are holders of the following visas, valid at the time of entry, may be allowed to enter. No new visas shall be issued.

  1. Temporary Resident Visa based on CA 613, Section 13a (marriage to Filipino)
  2. Temporary Resident Visa based on MO ADD-01-038/ADD-02-015 (Indian nationals)
  3. MCL-07-021 Permanent Resident Visa based on CA 613,Section 13a (Chinese nationals)
  4. Native Born Visa based on CA 613, Section 13c (for foreigners born in the Philippines with at least one Permanent Resident parent);
  5. Republic Act 7919 visas granted through the Social Integration Program; and,
  6. Executive Order 324 visas

The exemption also covers dependents of aforementioned nationals.

Kindly note that the entry of above-mentioned foreigners is subject to the following conditions:

  1. 1. With pre-booked accredited quarantine facility ( http://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/facilities-inspected-as-of-july-30-2020/);
  2. 2. With pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider (coordinate with airlines); and,
  3. 3. Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers.

IV. INCOMING FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS (FGOs) TRAVELLING FOR
       POSTING AND ASSIGNMENT IN THE PHILIPPINES (DIPLOMATIC VISAS)

Pursuant to FSC No. 29-2020, incoming foreign government officials (FGOs) travelling for posting and assignment in the Philippines may be granted diplomatic visas and allowed entry into the Philippines.

General Requirements for 9(E) visa issuance:

  1. Official written notification of the impending assignment of the FGO, via a diplomatic Note at least thirty (30) days in advance of expected travel to the Philippines. The Note should state:
    • The particulars of the visa applicant;
    • His/Her official designation in the mission/consular office in the Philippines;
    • His/Her expected departure date from the country of origin;
    • Expected duration of assignment in the Philippines; and
    • The complete name and designation of the official he/she is coming to replace (or if he/she is an additional official being deployed in the Sending State’s mission/consular office in the Philippines).
    • In the case of qualified dependents: that the visa applicant is travelling to the Philippines to join and live with the principal for the duration of the principal’s assignment.
  2. A separate Diplomatic Note issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) requesting exemption from the travel ban exemption;
  3. Original passport which must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;
  4. Duly filled-out visa application form (with recent photograph);
  5. Clear photocopy of the visa applicant’s diplomatic/service/official passport;
  6. Supporting documents to establish family ties, marital union, employee-employer relations, etc. as may be deemed necessary, in order to properly ascertain appropriate visa type per existing rules and regulations; and,
  7. Flight itinerary (if available).

NOTE : Appropriate 9E visas can only be issued to arriving FGOs, qualified dependents and members of the official’s household only upon receipt of the appropriate authority from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.

A representative of the foreign government official (other than a duly registered travel agency) may submit the visa application documents at the visa processing window, upon presentation of a duly-signed letter of authority.

V. DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (DTI)-ENDORSED 9(A) VISAS

Requests for exemption from the temporary suspension of visa issuance (FSC No. 29-2020) for business purposes must be formally endorsed by the DTI to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), before they could be considered.

Accordingly, the Philippine companies sponsoring, supporting or seeking the entry of foreign executives, employees, consultant, technical experts for urgent and essential reasons must send a letter of request to the DTI.

DTI will endorse the letter to DFA in Manila which shall issue the necessary approval for travel ban exemption.

General Requirements for 9(A) visa issuance:

If granted an exemption, the applicant may submit his/her visa application at the Embassy with the following documents:

  1. Original passport and photocopy of its data page. The passport must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;
  2. Duly accomplished non-immigrant visa application form with visa applicant’s signature;
  3. Passport-size color photograph of the visa applicant, taken within the last 3 months, pasted in the designated box in the application form;
  4. Recommendation Letter from affiliate Japanese Company / Invitation Letter coming from Philippine based company; and,
  5. Copy of Flight itinerary/booking. (*Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers).

NOTE: Appropriate 9A visas can only be issued after the receipt of appropriate authority from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. The Embassy also issues a Certification to be presented to immigration authorities, stating that the applicant may be allowed entry to the Philippines by virtue of his/her exemption from the temporary suspension of visa issuance.

VI. PHILIPPINE ECONOMIC ZONE AUTHORITY (PEZA)-ENDORSED 9(A)VISAS

Requests for exemption from the temporary suspension of visa issuance (FSC No. 29-2020) by PEZA-accredited companies must be formally endorsed by the PEZA to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), before they could be considered.

Accordingly, the PEZA-accredited companies sponsoring, supporting or seeking the entry of foreign executives, employees, consultant, technical experts for urgent and essential reasons must send a letter of request to the PEZA.

PEZA will endorse the letter to DFA in Manila which shall issue the necessary approval for travel ban exemption.

General Requirements for 9(A) visa issuance:

If granted an exemption, the applicant may submit his/her visa application at the Embassy with the following documents:

  1. Original passport and photocopy of its data page. The passport must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;
  2. Duly accomplished non-immigrant visa application form with visa applicant’s signature;
  3. Passport-size color photograph of the visa applicant, taken within the last 3 months, pasted in the designated box in the application form;
  4. Recommendation Letter from affiliate Japanese Company / Invitation Letter coming from Philippine based company; and,
  5. Copy of Flight itinerary/booking. (*Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers).

NOTE: Appropriate 9A visas can only be issued after the receipt of appropriate authority from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. The Embassy also issues a Certification to be presented to immigration authorities, stating that the applicant may be allowed entry to the Philippines by virtue of his/her exemption from the temporary suspension of visa issuance.

VII. SEAMAN OR CREW LIST 9(C) VISAS

Pursuant to Resolution No. 47 dated 19 June 2020, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID), the entry of foreign seafarers for purpose of ship crew rotation, may be issued 9(c) or Seaman and Crew List Visa and may be allowed entry to the Philippines.

General Requirements for 9(C) visa issuance:

  1. Duly accomplished visa application form(FA Form No.2);
  2. Duly accomplished Form No. 61 (for crew list visa);
  3. Original passport and photocopy of its data page. The passport must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines;
  4. Copy of Seaman’s book;
  5. Letter from the shipping company;
  6. Must not be an excludable alien; and,
  7. Must not be in the DFA Blacklist.

HOW TO APPLY?


  1. IN-PERSON VISA APPLICATIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY https://tokyopeconsularappointment.setmore.com/bookappointment
  2. MAIL-IN APPLICATIONS

Procedure for Visa Application via Mailing

  1. Accomplish the non-immigrant visa application form (FA Form No. 2) with visa applicant’s signature
    • All ENTRIES must be true and accurate
    • Details in forms must be type-written or hand written
    • The form must be printed in A4-sized paper
    • Non Immigrant Visa form link: https://tokyo.philembassy.net/downloads/visa-nonimmi.pdf
  2. Have the visa application form notarized by a Japanese Notary Public;
  3. Send these notarized forms to the Embassy together with the other required documents and a self-addressed ¥520 Letterpack;
  4. Once the application forms and required documents have been received and verified, an officer will contact the applicant, either by email or through phone, to inform about the necessary visa fees. *Payment will be made via Genkin Kakitome (JP Post).
  5. Upon receipt of payment, the visa will be processed and released through mail.

Reminders:

  • The application(s) with deficiencies may be returned to the applicant(s);
  • We do not accept applications by international mail;
  • The delivery address should be an address in Japan. We cannot process visa applications from abroad;
  • Visa applications by mail will also be released by mail;
  • Please indicate your email address and phone number where you can be reached as we may contact you to correct any deficiencies in the documents;
  • Processing period is 5 working days upon receipt of complete visa application or 3 working days for express with additional expedite fee. For visa fee (See Schedule of Fees)

Other visa categories not mentioned above continue to be suspended. For further information and/or inquiries, kindly email visa@philembassy.net or contact (03) 5562 1600 + 8 + 130 + # + 0.

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