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MDTI-TA-2020-024 (16 March 2020)

Please see below updates from several embassies for the latest advisories and information for applicants and travelers.

Affected passengers may get in touch with your Marsman Travel Consultant for urgent matters.

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Please be advised that effective 01 April 2020, the Polish Embassy will start its own visa operations in Manila.

Subsequently, the Netherlands Embassy in Manila will no longer accept visa applications for Poland starting from 01 April 2020 (only Latvia remains).

We will update you for the list of requirements, forms, processing time and procedures once we have all the details.


Updates as of 15 March 2020:

The Australian Government announced:

all travellers to Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days
– a ban on cruise liners from foreign ports arriving at Australian ports for 30 days.

Travel Restrictions:

The Australian Government announced on 12 March 2020 that travel restrictions will continue to apply to travellers arriving from any part of mainland China, Iran, Republic of Korea and Italy.

  • Foreign nationals (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who have been in the following countries will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they have left or transited through:

o Mainland China

o Iran

o Republic of Korea

o Italy

  • Australian citizens and permanent residents will still be able to enter, as will their immediate family members (spouses, legal guardians or dependants only). They will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days from the day they left China, Iran, the Republic of Korea or Italy.
  • Australia will deny entry to anyone who has left or transited a country subject to travel restrictions within the previous 14 days, with the exception of:

o Australian citizens

o Permanent residents

o New Zealand citizens resident in Australia

o Immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents including spouses, minor dependants and legal guardians

o Diplomats

  • Limited exemptions also exist for airline and maritime crew, where they have taken appropriate precautionary measures.
  • These enhanced public safety measures will apply to those seeking to enter Australia as well as those seeking to transit through Australia en route to another country.
  • These measures are temporary and will be reviewed.

International Travellers:

  • Foreign nationals (not permanent residents of Australia) are asked not to travel to Australia at this time if:

o you are or have been in mainland China since 1 February 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an immediate family member (spouse, de facto partner, minor dependant or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident

o you are or have been in Iran on or after 1 March 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an immediate family member (spouse, de facto partner, minor dependant or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident

o you are or have been in Republic of Korea on or after 5 March 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an immediate family member (spouse, de facto partner, minor dependant or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident

o you are or have been in Italy on or after 11 March 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an immediate family member (spouse, de facto partner, minor dependant or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident

  • If you attempt to travel to Australia, either directly or indirectly, your airline will not allow you to board the flight.
  • If you do arrive in Australia, your visa may be cancelled.

Temporary visa holders outside Australia:

  • Temporary visa holders who are ineligible for entry into Australia and are not exempt under one of the above categories will have their visa considered for cancellation if they attempt to travel to Australia.
  • If you think your visa may have been cancelled under enhanced border control measures, please email visa.cancellations@homeaffairs.gov.au with your details including full name, date of birth and passport number.

On 22 February 2020, limited exemptions from travel restrictions were announced for Year 11 and 12 students who remain in China.

  • Year 11 and 12 students who remain in China due to Australian travel restrictions (apart from those from Hubei Province) have been offered a strict pathway to resume their studies in recognition of the importance of the final two years of school. The exemptions will be considered on case by case basis. For more information see Department of Education, Skills and Employment (Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV)

Visa related information – Fact Sheets:

For information about visas, see the following fact sheets:

We also have fact sheets available in Chinese (Simplified):

For more information on visa options and requirements see Explore visa options .

You must have a valid visa to stay in Australia. For more information see Check visa details and conditions .

Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members:

Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family (spouses, minor dependants or legal guardians only) are able to enter Australia.

If they have been in a country subject to travel restrictions they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the time they left that country.

Immediate family members who do not hold a permanent visa need to contact the Department of Home Affairs before travelling using Australian Immigration Enquiry Form .

Maritime industry information – Fact sheet:

For information about restrictions on entry to Australia relating to novel coronavirus for commercial vessels, see the following fact sheet:

General information about COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus):

The Australian Government Department of Health is working across agencies and with states and territories to implement measures to manage the risk of COVID-19.

For the latest information see Department of Health – Novel coronavirus .

For advice on travelling outside of Australia see Smart Traveller .

source: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus


Important information regarding Manila Visa Application Centre

As a precautionary measure, and in order to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus, please be aware that:

The Manila border will be closed from 15 March 2020, and domestic travel to and from Metro Manila will be restricted for a period of 30 days. As a result, the Visa Application Centre will be inaccessible for people residing outside of Manila.

Priority Visa and Super Priority Visa services have been suspended for UK visa customers until further notice. We will not be accepting requests for Priority Visa and Super Priority Visas until 17 March 2020. We will be contacting customers who have already purchased these services to discuss alternative arrangements.

Visitors will have their body temperature taken by the building’s staff in the Manila Visa Application Centre. Your health condition will be assessed, and visitors with symptoms including fever (higher than 38 degrees Celsius), cough and difficulty breathing will be advised to seek medical attention at the nearest healthcare facility of your choice.

Customers affected can contact customercare@vfsglobal.com for queries regarding your appointment.

We will continue to monitor the situation and post an update on this page.

We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.

source: https://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/ph/en/news/important-information-regarding-manila-visa-application-centre


Urgent Revised Travel Advisory:

  • All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organizations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till 15 th April 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure. This also applies to OCI card holders.
  • Anyone who intends to travel to India for compelling reasons may contact the Embassy through BLS International Services Limited (Address: 902 A (9th Floor), One Corporate Plaza, Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City / Telephone: (02) 8478-9152 / Website: http://www.blsindiavisa-ph.com/index.php ) and apply for fresh visa providing reasons for such travel and past travel history.



  • As of Monday, March 16, the United States Embassy in Manila is canceling routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. At this time your visa appointment is cancelled. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV (application) fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance and information provided at http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com.ph/ , or contact the call center at +63 2 7792-8998 or 8548-8223 to request an emergency appointment.
  • Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus: Entry of foreign national.s who were physically present within the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen zone, the Islamic Republic of Iran, or the People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992 and the subsequent proclamation issued March 11, 2020. There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to China, Iran, or the Schengen Zone (which, for purposes of the Proclamation, includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ies). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact us at support-philippines@ustraveldocs.com for specific guidance.
  • On January 31, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation (“Presidential Proclamation 9983”) was issued which added to the ongoing travel restrictions of P.P. 9645 by expanding them to the nationals of six additional countries. The restrictions only apply to immigrant visas and/or diversity visas, not nonimmigrant visas. More information is available at this link .

Check this link for new updates from.


No applications for visas or residence permits will be accepted starting by 16 March 2020. Exceptions only for close relatives of Austrian or EU citizens who live in the same household in Austria, as well as diplomats on official mission in Austria. If you have an ongoing application, the Austrian Embassy will get in touch with you in the upcoming days.

source: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/austrian-embassy-manila/


The Government of the Czech Republic issued Government Resolution No. 194, effective 14 March 2020 that declares State of Emergency on the territory of the Czech Republic in relation to the Covid-19 epidemic. This resolution also provides suspension of issuing of the all kind of visas by the Czech Republic.

Concretely it provides:

  • Ban on entry for all foreigners coming from high-risk areas, with the exception of foreigners staying over 90 days or permanently residing in the Czech Republic;
  • Stopping the reception of visa applications and temporary and permanent stays at embassies of the Czech Republic;
  • Termination of the processing of pending short-stay visa applications;
  • Suspension of all proceedings on applications for residence permits over 90 days lodged with diplomatic missions;
  • Prohibition of citizens of the Czech Republic and foreigners with permanent or temporary residence over 90 days in the territory of the Czech Republic from entering high-risk areas.

Due to this decision the Czech Embassy in Manila will not be processing the visa application of all types (schengen visas including visas for the family members of the EU citizens, also long term visas applications and so on). The Embassy also asked the VFS Global that represents the Czech Republic in Visas Centres in Manila and in Cebu City to stop receiving Schengen visa application on behalf of the Czech Republic.

The applications that were not yet decided will be closed, there will be no visa fee refund.

source: https://www.mzv.cz/manila/en/visa_and_consular_services/visa_information/suspension_of_issuing_of_the_visas_by_1.html


New entry restrictions as part of efforts to contain coronavirus/covid-19

Updated travel advice

  • On 13 March 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark updated its travel advice, whereby all regions of the world not classified as “red” are now classified as “orange”. The Ministry now advises against all non-essential travel worldwide, at least until 13 April 2020. The Ministry is continuously monitoring developments and raising areas to “red” classification as appropriate.
  • Those returning to Denmark after travelling in areas classified as “orange” should, as all other Danes, refrain as much as possible from attending work physically and work from home. Those returning to Denmark after travelling in areas classified as “red” are advised to stay home for 14 days under all circumstances. Danes residing abroad are advised to stay where they are and observe the instructions of the local authorities.

Rejection of travellers seeking to enter Denmark:

  • In the recent days and weeks, the Danish Government and the Danish authorities have taken a series of difficult precautionary measures in the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. There is a risk that extensive entry of persons from abroad who have not been subject to similar precautionary measures will undermine the effectiveness of the measures taken in Denmark.
  • The Government has notified the EU Commission and the other EU Member States, including Sweden and Germany, that effective Saturday 14 March 2020 at 12:00 noon, the existing temporary border control will be expanded to include control of all of Denmark’s borders as part of the effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
  • This measure will be supported by a visible control apparatus at all significant Danish border crossings, including in airports. This control apparatus will be implemented in the coming days, and the control task will be performed by the Danish police, with extensive support from Danish Defence. Within a short time, this effort is expected to include a complete or partial closure of a significant number of train, air, and ferry routes for passenger traffic. Furthermore, this will also include a complete stop of all cruise ship traffic to Denmark. These border control measures will remain in effect at least until 13 April 2020.
  • Persons wishing to enter Denmark must expect to be rejected entry at the Danish borders, including in Danish airports, unless they have a worthy purpose for entering, e.g. if the person lives or works in Denmark or has been commissioned to provide goods or services in Denmark.
  • As a result of the border control measures, those seeking to enter Denmark should expect significantly prolonged travel times. An information campaign will be conducted abroad with a focus on the countries from which many people normally enter Denmark, so as to minimise the number of unsuccessful attempts by travellers to enter the country. Danes who are presently on holiday travels abroad should – also due to the forthcoming closures of air routes – return to Denmark as quickly as possible. The authorities are in dialogue with the travel industry to ensure that Danes on holiday have the opportunity to travel back to Denmark.
  • As regards the transport of goods, there is a strong emphasis on the importance of maintaining and not delaying the necessary supply chains, including food supply and Denmark’s imports and exports to and from other countries. Therefore, there will not be blanket border control inspections of goods transport.
  • The authorities are in dialogue with the carrier industry to plan an expedient implementation of these efforts so that they do not cause greater obstacles than necessary for suppliers of goods.

source: https://politi.dk/coronavirus-i-danmark/in-english/minstry-of-justice-12-03-2020


In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to contribute to the maintenance of necessary health and care services, the Norwegian Directorate of Health has, according to the Infection Control Act, issued the following decision with effect from 12 March 2020.

Travellers from countries outside the Nordic region who are not residents of Norway will be asked to return. The alternative is quarantine. Trav​ellers with symptoms will be isolated.

For more information please follow this link .

source: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/phl/en/nor/news/covid-19-restriction-on-travel-to-norway


In lieu of the Coronavirus development (COVID-19), our Visa Application Centre for Hungary in the Philippines will only be open every Wednesday until further notice.

source: https://www.vfsglobal.com/Hungary/Philippines/



  1. Indonesia continues to closely observe WHO situation report on developments of the COVID-19 virus outbreak around the world.
  2. According to the latest WHO report, there is currently a significant increase of COVID-19 cases outside China, particularly in three countries: Iran, Italy, and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).
  1. In the interest of public health, Indonesia has issued a temporary measure for incoming visitors/travelers from the three said countries as follows:

· First, suspend entry or transit in Indonesia to incoming visitors/travelers who have traveled to the following cities/regions in the last 14 days:

o Iran : City of Tehran and Qom as well as the Province of Gilan

o Italy : Region of Lombardi, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Marche, and Piedmont

o South Korea: City of Daegu and Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do.

· Second, for all visitors/travelers from outside the aforementioned areas in Iran, Italy, and South Korea, a health certificate issued by the official Health Authorities from each respective country will be required. The Health Certificate must still be valid and shown to the airlines authorities upon check-ins.

Without a certificate from the Health Authority, the said visitors/travelers will not be permitted to enter or transit to Indonesia.

· Third, prior to landing, visitors/travelers arriving from the three said countries are required to complete a Health Alert Card (Kartu Kewaspadaan Kesehatan) issued by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia.

The Health Alert Card consists of questions regarding the visitor’s travel history. If the visitor/s have traveled in one of the aforementioned regions in the last 14 days, the said visitor will not be permitted to enter or transit to Indonesia.

· Fourth, for Indonesian nationals who have recently traveled to one of the abovementioned countries, especially in the said regions, an additional health examination is required upon arrival at the airport.

  1. These measures will be effective immediately Sunday, 8 March 2020 at 00.00 Western Indonesian Time (GMT +7).
  2. These measures are temporary and will be evaluated pursuant to further developments.

source: https://kemlu.go.id/manila/en/read/indonesian-government-policy-on-the-development-of-covid-19-outbreak/870/important-information



March 16, 2020

Last night, the City Government of Makati has announced it placed the city under General Community Quarantine. Movement of all persons within the city shall be limited. Further, Zuellig Building where the New Zealand Embassy is located, is temporarily closed for thorough disinfection.

The New Zealand Embassy will be closed starting today until the building reopens. For any irgent consular enquiries please contact +63 2 8234 3800 and follow the prompts or +64 99 20 20 20. New Zealanders in the Philippines are encouraged to register to SafeTravel. Please heed the guidance of the Philippine government and local officials.

Kia kaha.


Announcement from the New Zealand Embassy in Manila

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New Zealand Embassy – Manila, Philippines noong Linggo, Marso 15, 2020

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