Select foreign nationals allowed to enter the Philippines

THE Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles this week released an advisory detailing which foreign nationals can travel to the Philippines as the pandemic continues.

“The entry to the Philippines of a foreign national is still dependent on the specific circumstances of each foreign national as determined by the Bureau of Immigration,” it noted.

Below is the list of foreign nationals allowed to enter the Philippines, as of August 10:

• Filipino citizens/Dual citizens
• Foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents
• Foreign spouse/child traveling or joining Filipino spouse/parent
• Foreign airline crew/seafarers
• Sec. 13 visa holders
• RA 7919 visa holders
• EO 324 visa holders
• Native-born visa holders
• Indian nationals with temporary resident visas
• Chinese nationals with permanent resident visas by reason of marriage to a Filipino.

The advisory also said that Sec. 13 visa holders, RA 7919 visa holders, EO 324 visa holders, and Native-born visa holders are required under the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution No. 56 to have pre-booked an accredited quarantine facility and COVID-19 testing provider.

Sec. 13 visa holders refers to holders of Quota visas, and Immigrant visas issued by reason of marriage to a Filipino, to a returning former Filipino, to a child born to an immigrant visa holder, and to a returning alien resident.

RA 7919 visa holders refers to aliens holding permanent resident status in the Philippines pursuant to Republic Act No. 7919 or the Alien Social Integration Act, while EO 324 visa holders refers to aliens holding permanent resident status pursuant to Executive Order No. 324 series of 1988 or the Alien Legalization Program of 1988.

Native-born visa holders, on the other hand, refers to children born in the Philippines whose parent/s are lawful permanent resident aliens – usually holders of RA 7919 or EO 324 visas.

Entry visa for foreign spouses

The BI also announced that foreign spouses and dependents of Filipino citizens will need visas to enter the country.

“Foreign spouses of Filipinos must now secure entry visas from our Consulates abroad before traveling to the Philippines. Otherwise, they will be denied entry by our immigration officers and sent back to their ports of origin,” said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente in a statement.

The requirement also applies to children of Philippine citizens and children with special needs, regardless of age, as well as to foreign parents of Filipino and children with special needs, also regardless of age.

The new requirement took effect on August 9.

BI Port Operations Acting Chief Grifton Medina, meanwhile, said foreign spouses, dependents and parents of Filipinos who are holders of long-term visas do not need to apply for a new entry visa.

“Those aliens who already hold valid permanent and temporary resident visas which they acquired by reason of marriage to Filipinos under Section 13(a) of the Philippine Immigration Act can enter the country anytime,” he said.

He also reminded foreign spouses of Filipinos to always bring with them their authenticated marriage certificates and other supporting documents when traveling to the Philippines so they could readily present them when asked to do so by immigration officers.

“There have been many instances already wherein foreign passengers claiming to be spouses of Filipinos were turned back by our officers at the airport due to their failure to show proof of marriage,” said Medina.

Ritchel Mendiola

Ritchel Mendiola is a staff writer and reporter for the Asian Journal. You can reach her at ritchel.mendiola@asianjournalinc.com.

7 Comments
  1. NATURALIZED AMERICAN CITIZEN OF FILIPINO NATIONALITY UNDER WHAT CATEGORY ARE THEY CONSIDERED ALLOWED TO ENTER THE PHILIPPINES.

  2. Im borned in the philippines with german passport holders through adoption.
    Am i allowed to enter Philippines due covid travel restriction?

  3. I AM a former Filipino now US passport holder . Entered Philippine several times before under Bakikbayan program. Can enter again now?

  4. my a fiancé who is a US Navy wanted to visit me here in the Philippines after his journey from turkey. Is he allowed to entry in our country?

  5. At what point does this make any sense? Too complicated for most people to understand. We will not travel to a country that cannot decide if they want foreign visitors but cannot clarify who is allowed vs who will be denied entry. Of course the net result is this total confusion will result in lost businesses and employees out of work especially those in the travel industry. Hotels, taxis, bus,travel guides, maids, airport employees, bus drivers, restaurants, shopping malls. What logic is involved in allowing foreign workers, balikbayan but not foreigners who have friends , family, loved ones living in the Philippines. These lockdowns will have long lasting negative impressions of tourists not welcome to a country unfriendly to visitors from other countries. Policies are so jumbled even government employees cannot clarify or explain what is needed. Another lack of policy consideration is should fully Covid vaccinated foreigners be excluded. Other countries have policies and respect the facr that full vaccinated are not spreading the virus. No respect for science or medical principles???

  6. HOW DO I GET IN TOUCH WITH THE PRA TO GET A CLASSIC VISA. AND ARE THEY OPEN YET, I AM A UNITED STATES CITIZEN WISHING TO MIGRATE THERE TO BE WITH MY FIANCE ON THE ISLAND OF LEYTE

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