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Temporary Suspension of Visa Issuance And Visa-Free Privileges in the Philippines

BI Releases A Memo on Temporary Suspension of Visa Issuance and Visa-Free Privileges in the Philippines

BI Temporary Suspension Visa Issuance

In accordance with the DFA Foreign Service Circular No. 29-2020, the following visa categories are temporarily suspended, effective 0000H, 22 March 2020:

  • Those under Visa Waiver Agreements
  • Those who fall under EO No. 408, s. 1960 (EO408)
  • Holders of Hong Kong-SAR, Macau-SAR, Macau-Portuguese, and British National Overseas passports

The following are exempted:

a. Foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals

  • Foreign spouses and children should be traveling with the Filipino national to be exempted.
  • Only foreign spouses and children who fall under EO 408 (non-visa required nationals) category shall be exempted.

b. Visas issued to Foreign Government and International Organization officials accredited by the Philippines.

*All previously-issued visas are deemed canceled, excluding the above-mentioned exemptions.


  • Trisha Alexis Maingat

    Trisha Alexis Maingat is a Digital Marketing and Communications Specialist of InCorp Philippines. She focuses on basic Search Engine Optimization, Google Analytics, Social and Digital Media Campaigns, and Marketing Strategies. She handles social media platforms, and events management for internal and external communication, and affiliate Chambers of Commerce.

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