MDTI-TA-2020-036 (20 March 2020)
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announces on March 19, 2020 the temporary suspension of visa issuance in all its Foreign Service Posts due to the declaration of “State of Public Health Emergency” and “State of Calamity” throughout the Philippines caused by COVID-19. This is effective immediately and will be valid until further notice.
In the DFA Public Advisory it states the following conditions and exceptions:
1. All visa-free privileges including those based on Visa Waiver
Agreements, those under Executive Order 408, s.1960, and for holders of
Hong Kong and Macau SAR passports, Macau-Portuguese passports, and British
National Overseas passports, are likewise temporarily suspended, effective
22 March 2020.
2. The temporary suspension of visa issuance will deem all previously issued visas canceled, and foreigners with visas issued by Philippine Foreign Service Posts (primarily 9a Temporary Visitor/Tourist visas) will not be allowed entry into the country starting 22 March 2020.
3. Foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals are exempted from this temporary suspension.
4. Visas previously issued to accredited Foreign Government and International Organization officials and their dependents will remain valid and will be honored when entering the country even after said date. The same is true for previously issued visas to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals.
5. The temporary suspension has no impact on foreign nationals that are already in the country or on holders of visas issued by other government agencies.
Affected passengers may get in touch with your Marsman Travel Consultant by email.
For urgent matters you may reach us through the following numbers: +63918 979 0937 (Smart) | +63917 896 4891 (Globe).
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