Manila - The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has allowed foreigners with visas issued as of March 20, 2020, and are still valid at the time of entry to enter the Philippines.
“Also allowed to enter the Philippines are holders of valid and existing Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV) and Section 9 (A) visas as long as they present an entry exemption document to the Bureau of Immigration upon arrival,” IATF added.
Section 9 (A) or temporary visitor’s visa is issued to foreign nationals coming to the Philippines for business, tourism, or medical purposes.
On the other hand, Spokesperson Harry Roque said, “tourists [are] not allowed still unless with exemption.”
He further noted that “the Commissioner of Immigration has the exclusive prerogative to decide on waiver or recall of exclusion orders for all foreign nationals allowed to enter the country under relevant IATF resolutions.”
All foreign nationals allowed to enter the country must subject to Covid-19 testing on the sixth day from the date of their arrival in the country, and they must have pre-booked accommodation for at least six nights in an accredited quarantine hotel or facility.