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.

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