February 01, 2021


ADVISORY No.  05-2021


As of 01 February 2021

Effective 01 February 2021 and pursuant to IATF Resolution No. 97, the new protocols for the entry of foreign nationals to the Philippines beginning 01 February 2021 shall be asfollows:

A. As a general rule, foreign nationals are still prohibited from entering the Philippines, except the following:

  1. Diplomats and members of international organizations and their dependents; provided, with valid 9(e) visa at the time of entry;
  2. Foreign seafarers; provided, they have a valid 9(c) visa at the time of entry;
  3. Holders of 13 series visa under the Immigration Act including:
    • Temporary Resident Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13a [marriage to Filipino]);
    • Temporary Resident Visa (based on MO ADD -01-038/ ADD-02-015 [Indiannationals]);
    • MCL-07-021 Permanent Resident Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13a [Chinese nationals married to Filipino citizens]);and
    • Native Born Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13c [for foreigners born to foreign parent/s with permanent resident status in the Philippines])
  4. Holders of Republic Act 7919 visas (granted through Social Integration Program)
  5. Holders of Executive Order 324 visas (IATF Resolution No. 56, Series of 2020);
  6. Foreign spouses of Filipino nationals; provided, the Filipino spouse is in the Philippines and they have valid visas at the time of entry
  7. Foreign minor children, and foreign children with special needs regardless of age, of Filipino nationals; provided the Filipino parent is in the Phils and they have valid visas at the time of entry;
  8. Foreign parents of minor Filipino children and of Filipino children with special needs regardless of age; provided, the said Filipino minor or child/children is in the Philippines and they have valid visas at the time of entry
  9. Holders of Special visas issued by the Bureau of Immigration under R.A. 8756
  10. Holders of 47(a)(2) visas issued by the DOJ
  11. Holders of 9(d) visas issued by the BI
  12. Holders of visas issued by the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, and Clark Development Corporation
  13. Holders of Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV) issued under EO 226 (Omnibus Investment Code)
  14. Dual Filipino citizens carrying foreign passports; provided they possess and present a Recognition Certificate or a Certificate of Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition under RA9225
  15. Filipino citizen’s foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, from non-visa required countries, who are travelling with them, and avails of visa-free entry privileges under R.A. No.6768
  16. Former Filipino citizens, including their foreign spouses and children, from non-visa required countries, regardless of age, who are travelling withthem,andavailsofvisa-freeA.No.6768
  17. Holders of 9(g) visas who departed the Philippines on or after 17 December 2020; provided they have a valid visa at the time of entry

B. All foreign nationals permitted entry into the Philippines shall be required: (1) to secure and present a pre-booked accommodation for at least seven (7) nights in a DOT-accredited quarantine hotel/facility, and (2) to undergo RT- PCRCOVID-19 testing at their respective quarantine hotel/facility on the sixth (6th) day from date of arrival in the Philippines (IATF Resolution No. 97, Series of 2020), and other applicable quarantine and isolation protocols as prescribed by the Department ofHealth.


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