16 March 2020 –In view of the developing situation of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019 n-CoV) in China and its Special Administrative Regions and from North Gyeongsang Province, Republic of Korea, Philippine Foreign Service Posts are temporarily suspending the issuance of visas, effective immediately, to the following:
Foreign nationals with visa-free entry privileges to the Philippines, falling under above-mentioned categories, are likewise covered by the temporary ban imposed by the Philippine Government.
Foreign Nationals who have been to Iran and Italy within the last fourteen (14) days are required to present a medical certificate issued within the last 48 hours stating that they are COVID-free.
Foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals, Philippine Permanent Resident Visa holders, and Philippine 9(e) visa holders are exempted from said temporary suspension.
Those who will be allowed to enter the Philippines will still be referred to the Philippine Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) upon arrival for the 14-day quarantine, based on existing Department of Health (DOH) guidelines. They are also advised to check with their airlines and the relevant government agency / local governments for any travel outside of Metro Manila. END