Public Advisory: Serbisyo Sabado sa Konsulado

ADVISORY No. 20-2021 14 September 2021 SERBISYO SABADO SA KONSULADO | 25 SEPTEMBER 2021 To allow more kababayan to take part in the 2022 presidential elections in the Philippines, the Philippine Consulate General in New York will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, 25 September 2021, to accommodate those who want to register as overseas voters. There is no need to book an appointment in order to register. For requirements, please visit https://newyorkpcg.org/.../consular.../overseas-voting/ For former natural born Filipinos who wish to retain or reacquire their Philippine citizenship in order to be eligible to register as an overseas voter, the Philippine Consulate General will also be conducting the oath taking ceremony of dual citizens on the same day. For requirements, please visit: https://newyorkpcg.org/.../cons.../dual-citizenship-ra-9225/ Interested kababayan would need to email scanned copies of their requirements to newyorkpcg.dual@dfa.gov.ph on or before 11:59 p.m. of Monday, 20 September 2021, for pre-evaluation. If the documentation is in order, the applicant will be provided a timeslot for Saturday, 25 September 2021. Maraming salamat po.

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Public Advisory: Alien Immigrants with Expired ACR-I Cards Now Allowed Entry Into the Philippines

ADVISORY No. 19-2021 25 August 2021 BI: ALIEN IMMIGRANTS WITH EXPIRED ACR-I CARDS NOW ALLOWED ENTRY INTO THE PHILIPPINES The Philippine Consulate General would like to inform the public that arriving alien immigrants with permanent resident visas but holding expired alien certificate of registration identity cards (ACR I-card) will now be allowed to enter the Philippines as long as they could present valid reentry permits.Based on the latest directive of the Bureau of Immigration, expired reentry permits and special return certificates may now be renewed upon arrival at the airport before arriving aliens clear immigration.However, arriving aliens who are holders of non-immigrant visas will be required to present valid ACR-I cards before they could be allowed entry.For further inquiries, ACR-I card holders may directly contact the Bureau of Immigration:immigPH@gmail.comimmigration.helpline.ph@gmail.com+63-2-8465-2400+63-2-8524-3769For more information, please visit the Philippines Bureau of Immigration’s website: https://immigration.gov.ph

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Public Advisory: Hurricane Henri Downgraded to a Tropical Storm

ADVISORY No. 18-2021 22 August 2021 PUBLIC ADVISORY: HURRICANE HENRI DOWNGRADED TO A TROPICAL STORM The Philippine Consulate General in New York wishes to inform kababayan that the National Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service has downgraded Hurricane Henri to a Tropical Storm as it moved closer to the coast of Long Island and New England today.As of 8 a.m., the center of Henri’s circulation sat about 40 miles south-southeast of Montauk Point, with top winds of 70 mph. It’s moving to the north-northwest at 16 mph, and is expected to make landfall on eastern Long Island or southern New England later today. The change in track reduced the probability that New York City will see sustained tropical storm force winds in excess of 39 mph.Heavy rainfall is still expected, especially over portions of Long Island, New England, southeast New York, New Jersey and northeast Pennsylvania, which may result in considerable flash, urban, and small stream flooding, along with the potential for widespread minor to isolated moderate river flooding.The downgraded system continues to pose a storm surge threat for parts of New York City, particularly areas of northeast Queens, where tides may reach three to five feet higher than…

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Public Advisory: Updates on Hurricane Henri

ADVISORY No. 17-2021 21 August 2021 PUBLIC ADVISORY: UPDATES ON HURRICANE HENRI The Philippine Consulate General in New York reiterates its urgent call for members of the Filipino Community in New York and New England to brace themselves for Hurricane Henri, which is expected to sweep through the area beginning this evening. Kababayan are urged to heed instructions from authorities, particularly in areas where a state of emergency has been declared such as parts of New York, including Long Island, New York City, and Hudson Valley, and Rhode Island, and where emergency preparations are underway such as Connecticut. Hurricane Henri is expected to bring damaging winds, three to six inches of rain with isolated totals of up to 10 inches and up to five feet of storm surges that could raise water levels near the coast and be accompanied by large and dangerous waves. Below is a summary of watches and warnings in effect for areas in New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, from the National Weather Service: A Storm Surge Warning, which means that there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations, is in…

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Public Advisory on Tropical Storm Henri

ADVISORY No. 16-2021 20 August 2021 PUBLIC ADVISORY ON TROPICAL STOR HENRI The Philippine Consulate General advises members of the Filipino Community along the path of Tropical Storm Henri, especially those residents of New England and Long Island, to monitor the movement of the storm, undertake all necessary preparations, and heed the warnings of local officials as the storm is expected to bring heavy rains, strong winds and heavy surf, which could cause life-threatening flash floods. In addition, there is the danger of storm surge that could raise water levels near the coast and be accompanied by large and dangerous waves. Meteorologists warn that this is the most serious hurricane risk in New England in 30 years. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), “Henri is forecast to intensify into a hurricane by Friday night with additional strengthening expected this weekend.” It has issued hurricane watches for a slew of areas ranging from the South Shore of Long Island, New York, to Massachusetts’s Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island as well a tropical storm watches for some areas nearby the New York City metro area. The Philippine Consulate General will continue to monitor developments and coordinate with the Filipino…

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Public Advisory on the Release of Passport and Other Documents

ADVISORY No. 15-2021 30 July 2021 RELEASE OF PASSPORT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS In view of the increasing cases of Covid-19 and to protect and minimize the exposure of our kababayan and personnel, the Philippine Consulate General in New York will be releasing passports, visas, notarials, civil registration and other documents only by mail effective 1 August 2021. All applicants are required to bring self-addressed stamped USPS Priority Mail envelopes with tracking number on their scheduled appointment date at the Consulate General.Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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Public Advisory on Updated Requirements for Foreign Spouses, Children and and Parents of Philippine Citizens

ADVISORY No. 14-2021 23 July 2021 UPDATED REQUIREMENTS FOR FOREIGN SPOUSES, CHILDREN AND PARENTS OF PHILIPPINE CITIZENS Consistent with the resolutions promulgated by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), beginning 01 August 2021, foreign nationals who are spouses, parents and/or children of Filipino citizens may apply for a 9(a) visa in the Consulate without being required to secure an Entry Exemption Document (EED), whether or not they are traveling with the Filipino citizen. Moreover, all foreign nationals who currently hold valid and existing 9(g) and 47(a)(2) visas shall no longer be required to secure an EED to enter the Philippines. Entry into the country is still subject to the prevailing COVID-19 testing and quarantine protocols, as appropriate.

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Public Advisory on Quarantine Testing for Fully Vaccinated Travelers from “Green” Countries

ADVISORY No. 13-2021 6 July 2021 PUBLIC ADVISORY ON QUARANTINE TESTING FOR FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELERS FROM "GREEN" COUNTRIES With reference to Resolution No. 123-C, Series of 2021 dated 28 June 2021, of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases of the Republic of the Philippines, fully vaccinated travelers going to the Philippines, including those vaccinated in the Philippines regardless of travel history, and those vaccinated abroad who stayed exclusively in "green" countries/jurisdictions in the past fourteen days immediately preceding arrival, shall be governed by the following guidelines: "Green" countries/jurisdictions are those classified by the Department of Health as "Low Risk" countries/jurisdictions based on disease incidence rate. To view the list of green countries, read IATF Resolution No. 124-A dated 30 June 2021. Iceland is included in the list of green countries. Fully vaccinated travelers are persons who have had: A. More than or equal to 2 weeks after having received the second dose in a 2-dose series, or B. More than or equal to 2 weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine. Note that the vaccines administered to the individual must be included in any of the following: (i) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate…

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New Quarantine Rules for Travelers to the Philippines

ADVISORY No. 12-2021 7 May 2021 NEW QUARANTINE RULES FOR TRAVELERS TO THE PHILIPPINES Kababayan are advised that per Resolution No. 114 of the Interagency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF), dated 6 May 2021, all arriving travelers to the Philippines, regardless of vaccination status, shall be bound by the following health protocols in all ports of entry: 1. 14-day quarantine upon arrival the first 10 days of which shall be observed in a quarantine facility, with the remainder to be completed under home quarantine in their respective local government units of destination;2. Conduct of Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing on the seventh day with Day 1 being the day of arrival. Notwithstanding a negative test result, the arriving traveler shall complete the facility-based quarantine period of ten days;3. The Bureau of Quarantine shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility quarantine for 10 days. For more information, please see IATF RESOLUTION NO. 114, S.2021

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Restrictions on Travel of Balikbayans to the Philippines Lifted

ADVISORY No. 11-2021 30 April 2021 RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL OF BALIKBAYAN TO THE PHILIPPINES LIFTED Effective Saturday, 1 May 2021, kababayan in the United States who are covered by the Balikbayan Program, under Republic Act No. 6768, can now again travel to the Philippines. Resolution 113 of the the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF) dated 29 April 2021 will now allow travel to the Philippines of former Filipino citizens, together with their foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them as well as Filipino citizens’ foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them. Foreign nationals allowed under previous IATF resolutions can now also travel to the Philippines as long as they are in possession of a valid and existing visa at the time of entry, except for those qualified under the aforementioned Balikbayan Program. Balikbayan and other foreign nationals who are planning to travel to the Philippines are required to have pre-booked accommodations for at least seven nights in an accredited quarantine hotel/facility and will have to undergo coronavirus disease testing at the quarantine hotel/facility on the sixth day from date of arrival. All travelers are subject to maximum capacity of…

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