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  • Advisory | Embassy Closure During Tier 4

    In line with the UK Government’s pronouncement placing London, East, and Southeast England under Tier 4, the Philippine Embassy will be closed on the last working days of the year: 21 to 23 and 28 to 29 December.

    All applicants with confirmed appointments on those dates must reschedule / rebook their appointments at a later date.

    The Philippine Embassy reiterates its commitment in safeguarding the health and well-being of all clients and consular personnel, especially during the pandemic.

    In case of death or detention of a Filipino citizen in the United Kingdom , please contact us through +44 78 0279 0695.

     


  • Advisory | Embassy Closure Until 22 February in Response to Lockdown Extension

    The Philippine Embassy is temporarily suspending all frontline consular services until 22 February 2021 as the UK Government has decided to extend the lockdown in England until 22 February 2021.  This is a precautionary measure to safeguard the health of the public and our personnel.
     
    All appointments booked from 5 January to 22 February 2021 are deemed cancelled and must be rescheduled independently by the applicants through VFS Global Services.
     
    We urge the Filipino community to heed UK Government advice by staying at home and postponing all non-essential travel.
     
    In case of death or detention of Philippine citizens, please call +44 78 0279 0695 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  • Advisory | Philippine Embassy Closure for July and August

    In observance of Philippine and British holidays, the Philippine Embassy will be closed on the following dates:

     

    Date Holiday Basis
    31 July 2020 (Friday) Eidul Adha

    Presidential Proclamation 845, s. 2019

    21 August 2020 (Friday) Ninoy Aquino Day Presidential Proclamation 845, s. 2019
    31 August 2020 (Monday)

    National Heroes Day

    Summer Bank Holiday

    Presidential Proclamation 845, s. 2019

    GOV.UK

     

    In cases of death or detention of a Filipino national in the United Kingdom, please call the Embassy hotline +44 78 0279 0695.

     


  • Advisory | Temporary Travel Ban on All Flights from Countries with Confirmed New COVID-19 Strain Extended to 31 January 2021

    All foreign national passengers originating from the countries and territories listed below will not be allowed to enter the Philippines until after 31 January 2021.  This is a precautionary measure enforced by the Philippine Government to prevent the entry and spread of the new COVID19 strain, which has recently been detected.  The following countries and territories include:

    • United Kingdom
    • Ireland
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Brazil
    • Canada
    • China
    • Denmark
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Hong Kong SAR
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • India
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • Jordan
    • Lebanon
    • Luxembourg
    • Norway
    • Oman
    • Pakistan
    • Portugal
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • The Netherlands
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United States of America

     

    Travelers from any other country that subsequently reports the presence of the new COVID-19 strain shall likewise be banned from entering the Philippines. 

     

     
    Filipino citizens returning home within the period of the temporary travel ban will be allowed entry subject to certain conditions such as a mandatory 14 day quarantine in OWWA and DOT accredited facilities despite obtaining a negative RT-PCR result. Other arrangements such as a home quarantine will not be permitted.
     
    The public is therefore urged to postpone all non-essential journeys for the time being.
     
    Enquiries may be directed to: 
     
    Issue Email
    Travel restrictions This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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  • Advisory | The Philippine Embassy is Closed During National Lockdown

    The Philippine Embassy will remain closed from 23 February to 28 March 2021 following the recent announcement of the UK Government to extend the lockdown and stay-at-home restrictions. This is a precautionary measure to safeguard the health of the public and our personnel.

    Appointments scheduled from 23 February to 28 March are deemed CANCELLED. Applicants with confirmed appointments on the affected dates must reschedule their appointments through VFS Global Services: https://bit.ly/3lbwFAV

    We urge the Filipino community to heed UK Government advice by staying at home and postponing all non-essential travel.

    In case of death or detention of Philippine citizens, please call +44 78 0279 0695.


     

  • Advisory | Update on Philippine Travel Restrictions for Foreign Nationals

    The public is reminded that under current government risk mitigation measures against COVID-19, foreign nationals are restricted from entering the Philippines until further notice. Immigration Memorandum Circular No. JHM-2020-004 issued by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration on 07 July 2020 reiterates that only the following foreign nationals shall be allowed entry into the Philippines:

    • Foreign spouses and dependent children of Filipino nationals
    • Accredited Foreign Government and International Organization officials and their dependents
    • Members of international airline crews

    Those who wish to get in touch with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration may do so through any of their contact details listed in immigration.gov.ph.

     


  • Advisory | Updated Philippine Travel Restrictions as of 15 February 2021

    Starting 01 February 2021, only the following foreign nationals are allowed entry into the Philippines, subject to the conditions stated below:

    Category

    Pre-condition / Basis

    Filipino dual citizen who carries a foreign passport

    Must be able to present the following to Philippine immigration authorities (IATF Resolution No. 85 s.2020):


    • Recognition Certificate; or
    • RA 9225 documents such as:
      • Oath Taking Certificate
      • Order of Approval
      • Identification Certificate

    Former Filipino national, including their foreign national spouse and/or foreign national children, regardless of age 

    Foreign national spouse / child must travel with the Former Filipino spouse / parent in order to be allowed entry under the provisions of the Balikbayan Privilege (IATF No. 85 s.2020)

    Foreign national spouse of Filipino national

    Must have a valid visa at the time of entry and Filipino national spouse must be in the Philippines, if the reason for travel is to visit the Filipino national (IATF Resolution No. 60 s.2020)

    Foreign national parent of minor (17 years old and below) Filipino national children and Filipino national children with special needs (regardless of age)

    Must have a valid visa at the time of entry and Filipino national parent must be in the Philippines or travelling with the children (IATF Resolution No. 60 s.2020)

    Foreign national minor children of Filipino national (17 years old and below)

    Must have a valid visa at the time of entry and Filipino national parent must be in the Philippines (IATF Resolution No. 60 s.2020)

    Foreign national children (with special needs) of Filipino national (regardless of age)

    Must have a valid visa at the time of entry and Filipino national parent must be in the Philippines (IATF Resolution No. 60 s.2020)

    9(E) visa holders: Diplomats, members of international organisations, and their dependents

    Must have a valid 9e visa at the time of entry (IATF Resolution No. 47 s.2020)

    9(C) visa holders: Foreign seafarers

    Must have a valid 9c visa at the time of entry (IATF Resolution No. 47 s.2020)

    Holders of 13 series visa under the Immigration Act / Commonwealth Act 613 (CA 613) such as:


    • Temporary Resident Visa, based on: 
      • MO ADD-01-038 / ADD-02-015
    • Permanent Resident Visa (MCL-07-021)
    • Native Born Visa
      • Foreign nationals born to foreign national parents who have permanent residence status in the Philippines

    IATF Resolution No. 56 s.2020

    Holders of 9(G) visas who departed the Philippines on or after 17 December 2020

    Must have a valid visa at the time of entry (IATF Resolution No. 85 s.2020)

    9d visa holders - Treaty trader visa (US, Japan, Germany) IATF Resolution No. 84 s.2020

    Holders of RA 7919 visas

    • Granted through the Social Integration Program

    IATF Resolution No. 56 s.2020

    Holders of EO 324 visas

    IATF Resolution No. 56 s.2020

    Holders of special visas issued by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration under RA 8756

    IATF Resolution No. 80 s.2020

    Holders of 47a(2) visas issued by the Department of Justice 

    IATF Resolution No. 80 s.2020

    Visas issued by the following:

    • Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority
    • Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority
    • Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan
    • Cagayan Economic Zone Authority
    • Clark Development Corporation
    IATF Resolution No. 84 s.2020

    Foreign nationals who are not among the categories mentioned will require an entry exemption authorization from the Department of Foreign Affairs before a 9a visa may be issued by the Philippine Embassy.

     

    Starting 16 February 2021, the following foreign nationals may enter the Philippines:

     Category Pre-condition / Basis
    9(A) visa holders

    9(A) visa holders will be required to present an entry exemption document (DFA Endorsement) to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration.

    However, presenttion of the entry exemption document (DFA Endorsement) does not guarantee entry.  9(A) visa holders must be able to establish the purpose of their travel through the presentation of necessary supporting documents.

    Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV) holders

    SRRV holders must present an entry exemption document (DFA Endorsement) to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration. 

    Failure to present an entry exemption document shall be grounds for exclusion and the SRRV holder shall immediately be boarded on the next available flight.

    Valid 9(G) visa holders*

    Visa issued before 20 March 2020 and with unexpired visa on the date of entry into the Philippines.

     

     

    Valid 9(F) visa*

    Valid SVEG*
    Valid SIRV under EO 63*

     *9(G), 9(F), SVEG, and SIRV under EO63 visa holders whose visas were issued after 20 March 2020 must secure a DFA exemption document, which must be presented to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration.  For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

    All foreign nationals permitted entry into the Philippines are required to: 

    • Secure and present a pre-booked accommodation for at least seven (7) nights from any accredited quarantine facility.  For the complete list, please proceed to   https://philippines.travel/safeph
    • Undergo RT-PCR COVID-19 testing at their respective quarantine facility on the sixth day since their arrival in the Philippines. 
    • Comply with other arrival and quarantine procedures required by the Department of Health.  For more information, please proceed to http://covid19.ph
    • FOR IMMIGRANTS. Immigrants must present a valid Re-entry Permit or valid extended Re-entry Permit, unless otherwise exempted.  Failure to present a valid Re-Entry Permit or a valid extended Re-entry Permit shall be grounds for exclusion and the Immigrant shall be immediately boarded on the next available flight.
    • FOR NON-IMMIGRANTS. Non-immigrants must present a valid Special Return Certificate or a valid extended Special Return Certificte, unless otherwise exempted.  Failure to present the aforementioned documents shall be grounds for exclusion and the non-immigrant shall immediately be boarded on the next flight.

     Reminders

    • The initial check performed by Immigration authorities shall not in any way interfere with the Department of Tourism's exclusive jurisdiction on the Final validation and confirmation of pre-booked accommodation in an accredited quarantine facility.
    • All foreign nationals who were cleared but subsequently found to have presented a counterfeit or fraudulent pre-booked accommodation in an accredited quarantine facility will be dealt with the full force of law.

    For enquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (immigration matters) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (arrival and quarantine protocols).