VISA TO THE PHILIPPINES

 

17 September 2020 -- The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) advises the public of the following:

 

1.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ONLY FILIPINO NATIONALS* are allowed to enter the Philippines at this time.

 

* with (a) valid Philippine passports and who have not yet become a foreign national and/or (b) Identification Certificate or Certificate of Retention / Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship.

Note: Filipinos who naturalized as Canadian citizens (or other foreign citizenship) are deemed to have lost their Philippine citizenship and cannot anymore use their Philippine passport even if it is still valid. Natural-born Filipinos, however, may reacquire / retain their Philippine citizenship under Republic Act 9225 (Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003)

 

2.  Foreign nationals are not allowed entry to the Philippines at this time EXCEPT for the following:

 

  • Foreign spouses of Filipino nationals;

  • Foreign minor children and foreign children with special needs, regardless of age, of Filipino citizens; and

  • Foreign parents of minor Filipino children and Filipino children with special needs, regardless of age.

 

     (Foreign diplomats and foreign airline crew members are included among the exempted category.)

 

3.  The PCG is authorized to issue a SINGLE-ENTRY VISA valid for a stay of 59 days to the foreign nationals mentioned in Item No.2 above, subject to the submission of COMPLETE requirements for visa application listed below.

 

4.   Former Filipinos who have not reacquired Philippine citizenship and who belong to the categories mentioned in Item No.2 above will also be required to obtain a visa.

 

5.   Foreign nationals who fall under these exemptions and are in possession of valid visas to the Philippines need not apply for a new one.

 

6.  The PCG is not authorized to issue visas to foreign nationals who do not belong to these exempted categories of foreign individuals, as visa issuance is still suspended at this time, including the visa-free and Balikbayan privileges.

 

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 List of Requirements for VISA Application

1.   ORIGINAL Passport with validity period of six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines.

      Note: Visa will be stamped on the passport.

2.   Duly accomplished Visa Application Form Download Form 

      Note: Visa application of minors must be signed by the parent. Form must be notarized by a local notary public.  

3.   One (1) 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm photo of the applicant signed at the bottom front taken within the last 6 months from the

      date of application.

4.  Tentative flight/travel itinerary 

5.  Proof of means of financial income or support i.e. bank statement, employment certificate, payroll slip, proof of

     pension, etc.

6.  Visa fee: CAD 43.50 (single entry visa valid for use within 3 months from date of issue)  - Please include in the mail

      a bank draft (personal cheques are not accepted) payable to "PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL" (no abbreviation and wrong spelling)

      and indicating the exact amount. 

7.  Non-Canadian passport holders need to submit a photocopy of proof of residency in Canada i.e. permanent resident

     card, work permit card, etc.

8.  Proof of marriage/filiation and proof of Philippine citizenship of Filipino spouse/child/parent.

     Note: Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate  must be copy issued by the Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA, formerly National Statistics Office

                or NSO). If issued by foreign government, ex. Vital Statistics of Canada, the Marriage Certificate or Birth Certificate must be

                authenticated. Please refer to our page on Authentication procedure at https://www.philcongencalgary.org/notarials-and-legalization 

9.  Other requirements, including personal appearance, as necessary.

10. Unused, self-stamped, self-addressed return envelope preferably with tracking features (ex. Xpresspost envelope)

      to be used in mailing the applicant's passport. 

IMPORTANT:

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  • Complete applications must be mailed to the PCG. Non-Canadians may be required to appear in person.

  • Fees and processing time may vary for non-Canadian passport holders.

  • Applicants are advised to wait for their visa before finalizing flight details.

  • Applications received from individuals who do not belong to the above-cited categories will not be considered and will be returned. 

  • A visa is not a guarantee that the holder will be automatically admitted into the Philippines, as the admission of foreign nationals into the Philippines is a function of the immigration authorities at the port of entry. 

IMPORTANT ADVISORIES

A-30-2020

PCG Calgary ADVISORY

 

10 August 2020 - Pursuant to Resolution No. 60 of the Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Calgary is authorized to issue single-entry visas (for a stay of 59 days in PH) to the following individuals who wish to travel to the Philippines:

 

  1. Foreign spouses of Filipino nationals;

  2. Foreign minor children and foreign children with special needs, regardless of age, of Filipino citizens; and

  3. Foreign parents of minor Filipino children and Filipino children with special needs, regardless of age.

 

Former Filipinos who have not reacquired Philippine citizenship and who belong to the above categories will also be required to apply for a visa.

Foreign nationals who do not belong to these categories will not be issued visas. 

The Balikbayan privilege and visa-free arrangements are currently suspended.

 

In addition to the standard requirements for visa application (please refer to list of requirements below), the above applicants will be required to show proof of marriage/filiation and proof of Philippine citizenship of the Filipino spouse/parent/child. These documents may either be issued by Philippine authorities (e.g., Philippine Statistics Authority or PSA) or foreign governments, except those inconsistent with Philippine regulations (e.g., same-sex marriage and common-law spouse certificates).

 

Foreign nationals who already hold valid permanent and temporary resident visas which they acquired by reason of marriage to Filipinos under Section 13(a) of the Philippine Immigration Act can enter the country anytime. They do not need to apply for new entry visas as they are allowed to enter the Philippines since 1 August 2020.

 

The Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI), in its press release on 8 August 2020 (which may be accessed at www.immigration.gov.ph/images/News/2020_Yr/08_Aug/2020Aug08_Press.pdf),  reminds foreign nationals with foreign government-issued marriage or birth certificates to always bring with them their authenticated marriage/birth certificates and other supporting documents when travelling to the Philippines for ready presentation to Philippine immigration officers.  For guidance on authentication of documents in Alberta and Saskatchewan, please refer to this page: https://www.philcongencalgary.org/notarials-and-legalization . END

 OTHER ADVISORIES:

Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines

August 8 at 8:57 PM · 

#DFAAdvisory 

Exemption of Foreign Spouses, Children and Parents of Filipino Nationals from the Temporary Suspension of Visa Issuance: https://bit.ly/3fG0hDg

     The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) informs the public that pursuant to Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases(IATF- EID) Resolution No. 60 dated 30 July 2020, 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.

    The Bureau of Immigration (BI) may allow entry of those covered under the above mentioned exemptions starting 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 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. The DFA, together with its Foreign Service Posts, commits to tirelessly facilitate the concerns and needs of our nationals, whenever and wherever possible, especially in these challenging times. END

BI Memorandum dated 20 July 2020

 

Based on the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Memorandum dated 20 July 2020, pursuant to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) Resolution No.56 Series of 2020 dated 16 July 2020, foreign nationals with existing and valid long term visas shall be allowed to enter PH effective 01 August 2020. These visas include:

 

A.  Section 13 series of Commonwealth Act No.613, as amended  

       -- 13 quota, 13A, 13B, 13C, 13D, 13E, 13G visas

 

B.  RA 7919 Visa

       -- Legal residence status granted to certain foreign nationals through a Social Integration Program in the

          Philippines under certain conditions as provided under Republic Act No. 7919

 

C. EO 324 Visa

      -- Foreign nationals who have acquired permanent residency under Executive Order No.324

 

D. Native – Born Visa

      -- Foreign nationals born in the Philippines whose parents, either or both, are lawful permanent residents.

 

  1. Only those with valid and existing visas at the time of entry will be allowed. No new visas under these categories may be issued.

  2. This is without prejudice to applicable immigration laws, rules and regulations.

  3. This exemption also covers dependents of aforementioned nationals.

  4. Per IATF Resolution No.56, the entry of abovementioned foreigners is subject to the following conditions:

     a) With pre-booked accredited quarantine facility;

     b) With pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider; and

     c) Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers.

PUBLIC ADVISORY:

On the Temporary Suspension of Visa Issuance and Visa-free Privilege

19 March 2020 – The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) informs the public that it is temporarily suspending visa issuance in all its Foreign Service Posts effective immediately and will be valid and effective until further notice. The temporary suspension of visa issuance is in light of Proclamation No. 922, dated 08 March 2020, declaring a "State of Public Health Emergency" throughout the Philippines; and Proclamation No. 929, dated 16 March 2020, declaring a "State of Calamity" throughout the Philippines due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). With the temporary suspension, all 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, are likewise temporarily suspended, effective 22 March 2020.
 

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