ADVISORY No. 9-2021

19 March 2021


In light of efforts to prevent the entry of SARS-CoV-2 variants from other countries and the further rise of  cases, please be informed that the Philippines is implementing the following travel restrictions beginning 0001H of 22 March 2021 until 2359H 21 April 2021:

a. All Filipino citizens whether returning Overseas Filipino or Overseas Filipino Worker shall be allowed to return to the Philippines;

b. The entry of foreign nationals shall be temporarily suspended, except for the following:

     i. Diplomats and members of international organizations, and their dependents provided they hold a valid 9(e) visa or 47(a)(2) visa, as the case may be, at the time of entry;

   ii. Foreign nationals involved in medical repatriation duly endorsed by Department of Foreign Affairs – Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration provided they have a valid visa at the time of entry;

     iii. Foreign seafarers under the “Green Lanes” program for crew change provided that they hold a 9(c) crew list visa at the time of entry;

     iv. Foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens travelling with them provided they have valid visas at the time of entry; and

    v. Emergency, humanitarian, and other analogous cases approved by the Chairperson of the NTF COVID-19 or his duly authorized representative, provided the foreign nationals have valid visas at the time of entry.

All those qualified to enter should bear in mind that travel into the Philippines at this time shall be subject to the arrival quota set by the Department of Transportation. All travelers are advised to check with their airline the status of their booked flight. Furthermore, all international passengers arriving in the Philippines shall continue to be subject to the existing immigration, quarantine and PCR testing regulations.

Foreign nationals who are qualified to enter with a Philippine visa pursuant to the above guidelines may check our website or send an email to to check their eligibility and requirements.