DFA bares exemptions to visa issuance suspension

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday informed the public that foreign spouses, minor children including with special needs regardless of age, and foreign parents of minor Filipino nationals, including of children with special needs regardless of age, are exempted from the temporary suspension of visa issuance to all foreign nationals.

This is pursuant to Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF- EID) Resolution No. 60 dated July 30, 2020.

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) may allow entry of those covered under the above mentioned exemptions starting today, 09 August, if these foreign nationals hold valid Philippine visas. This includes those who previously enjoyed visa-free privileges. However, those with existing visas need not be issued new ones.

Those concerned foreign nationals who wish to enter the Philippines, and falls to under any of the mentioned categories, are advised to coordinate with the nearest Embassy of Consulate on the submission of documentary proof issued by Philippine authorities or foreign governments, except those inconsistent with Philippine regulations (e.g. same-sex marriage and common-law spouse certificates).

The implementation of these exemptions shall be in coordination with the BI and the Civil Aeronautics Board of the implementation.

Together with its Foreign Service Posts, the DFA commits to tirelessly facilitating the concerns and needs of our nationals, whenever and wherever possible, especially in these challenging