Philippines: Foreign Nationals with Long-Term Visas Allowed Entry into the Philippines beginning 1 August 2020

In brief

On 16 July 2020, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) released Resolution No. 56, s. 2020, permitting foreign nationals with long-term visas to enter the Philippines beginning 1 August 2020. A copy of Resolution No. 56 may be accessed here.


These "long-term visas" refer to immigrant or permanent visas, as follows:

  1. Immigrant Visas issued under Section 13 of CA 613 visas. Examples are those issued to the spouse or unmarried child under twenty-one years of age of a Philippine citizen and former natural born citizens of the Philippines.
  2. Visas granted under RA 7919 (The Alien Social Integration Act of 1995) to qualified foreign nationals who have entered the country prior to 30 June 1992.
  3. Legal residence granted under EO 324 for qualified foreign nationals who entered the Philippines before 1 January 1984.

These exceptions under Resolution No. 56 are in addition to the following foreign nationals who are currently allowed entry into the Philippines:

  1. Holders of visas granted under MCL-07-021 (Chinese nationals married to Philippine citizens) and MCL-08-003 (South Korean nationals married to Philippine citizens)
  2. Holders of 9(e), Temporary Resident Visas, and 13(a) visas
  3. Foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals
  4. Foreign government and international organization officials accredited to the Philippines (diplomatic visas); and
  5. Foreign crew members


The general restrictions on incoming foreign nationals is still in place, subject to the exceptions listed above. The holders of non-immigrant, tourist, business and work visas are still not allowed entry into the Philippines.

Foreign nationals who are not covered by the exceptions should consider postponing travel to the Philippines.

*Authored by Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein. Please contact for inquiries.

Contact Information
Miguel Antonio H. Galvez
Partner and Head, Immigration
Quisumbing Torres, Manila
Rafael Roman T. Cruz
Associate, Immigration
Quisumbing Torres, Manila

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