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Fri. May 14th, 2021
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Spouses Qualified under Balikbayan Program May Also Enter PH Again


Effective May 1, 2021, the Philippines will lift its entry ban on foreign nationals except those coming from India. India has been experiencing a massive surge in coronavirus cases and deaths.   

However, according to Presidential Harry Roque, foreigners must fulfill the following requirements:

They must have a valid and existing visa at the time of entry, except for those qualified under the Balikbayan Program

They must have a pre-booked accommodation for at least 7 nights in an accredited quarantine hotel or facility

They should be tested for the novel coronavirus in their quarantine facility on the sixth day from the date of their arrival

They are subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers (1,500 per day) at the port and date of entry

Be aware that Roque closed his announcement with the following statement:

“The Commissioner of Immigration shall have the exclusive prerogative to decide on the waiver or recall of exclusion orders of foreign nationals, subject to regular reporting to the IATF Secretariat,” Roque said.

No mention is made regarding Tourist Visas. An example of an existing visa would be the 13 (a) Permanent Visa.

UPDATED MAY 01, 2021

With reporting from ABS CBN NEWS and Philippine Bureau of Immigration Facebook

By The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 21 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Malinois called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people over the years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

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