These "long-term visas" refer to immigrant or permanent visas, as follows:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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)
- Holders of 9(e), Temporary Resident Visas, and 13(a) visas
- Foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals
- Foreign government and international organization officials accredited to the Philippines (diplomatic visas); and
- 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.
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