DFA: Foreigners in PH exempted from visa suspension

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday clarified that foreigners who are already in the Philippines are not covered by the suspension of visa issuance, a move taken to control the spread of coronavirus-19 (COVID-19).

“This temporary suspension has no impact on foreign nationals that are already in the country or on holders of visas issued by other government agencies,” the DFA said in a statement. 

Yesterday, the  DFA  temporarily suspended issuing visa and visa-free privilege for foreigners in all of its foreign service posts as the Philippines fight COVID-19 pandemic.    

In an advisory following Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.'s announcement, the DFA clarified that the visa issuance abroad is effective immediately while the 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," will be temporarily suspended beginning March 22.    

All previously issued visas are also deemed canceled and holders of visas issued by embassies and consulates, such as tourists, will not be allowed entry into the country starting March 22.

Foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals, as well as holders of visas previously issued to accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents are exempted from the suspension.