CURRENT PHILIPPINE ENTRY RESTRICTIONS
AND VISA REGULATIONS
(as of 20 November 2020)
The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) advises the public of the following:
1. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visa issuance including visa-free entry and Balikbayan privileges are temporarily suspended since March 2020 and ONLY FILIPINO NATIONALS are allowed to enter the Philippines at this time.
* Filipino nationals must present either or both of the following:
(a) valid Philippine passport (those who have not yet become a Canadian/foreign national)
(b) Identification Certificate or Certificate of Retention / Reacquisition of Philippine
Citizenship (those who have reacquired their Philippine citizenship).
** The PCG may issue a Travel Document (TD) in lieu of a Philippine Passport. Minor Filipino children born in
Canada may present the parent's copy of the Report of Birth (ROB) and a TD as proof of Philippine citizenship. Please refer to this page for the TD requirements:
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). Please refer to our webpage at for the list of requirements in applying for reacquisition/retention of Philippine citizenship.
2. However, there are categories of foreign nationals who are exempted from the entry restrictions and the temporary suspension of visa issuance. The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases allows the following foreign nationals to enter the Philippines provided that they HAVE EXISTING VALID VISAS:
A. Pursuant to IATF Resolution No.80 dated 22 October 2020, holders of the following valid visas may be
allowed to enter the Philippines starting on 01 November 2020:
Executive Order 226 visa;
47(a-2) visa; and
Visa issued by the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO), and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).
B. Pursuant to IATF Resolution No.60 dated 230 July 2020, the following may be allowed to enter the Philippines
provided that they hold valid visas or obtain them at Philippine embassies/consulates:
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 of Filipino children with special needs regardless of age.
Pursuant to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Foreign Service Circular No. 42-2020 dated 20 November 2020, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, the entry into the Philippines of these foreign nationals must be for the purpose of family reunification. This is consistent with the rationale of the IATF.
In this regard, visa applications of these nationals must establish that the Filipino spouse, parent/s, and/or child/children of said foreign nationals are currently in the Philippines or will be travelling with the latter.
Proof of this may include the following:
1. Airline tickets of Filipino spouse and/or child;
2. School enrollment records of Filipino child / children in the Philippines;
3. Philippine immigration arrival stamps on their passports; and/or
4. Affidavits or certifications signed by local government officials where the Filipino spouse or child/children
reside, attesting that they are indeed in their place of residence in the Philippines.
Note: These foreign nationals should be able to present, if required by immigration officials at the airport, documentary proof of filiation to a Filipino national, such as Birth Certificate or Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA, formerly NSO or National Statistics Office). If issued by a foreign government, the Birth Certificate or Marriage Certificate must be authenticated.
C. Pursuant to IATF Resolution No.56 dated 16 July 2020, foreign nationals who are holders of the following valid
visas may be allowed to enter the Philippines:
Section 13 Series of the Commonwealth Act No.613, as amended -- 13 Quota, 13A, 13B, 13C, 13D, 13E, and 13G Visa;
Republic Act 7919 visa ;
Executive Order 324 visa;
Native Born visa;
Temporary Resident Visa relative to Section 13 of CA 613, as amended (based on Memorandum Order [MO] No. ADD-01-038 / ADD-02-015); and
MCL-07-021 Permanent Resident Visa based on Section 12(a) of CA 613 under MO No. MCL-07-021.
D. Pursuant to IATF Resolution No.47 dated 19 June 2020, foreign seafarers may be allowed to enter the
Philippines for purposes of crew rotation, provided that they obtain 9(c) visas at a Philippine Embassy/Consulate.
3. The entry of those with existing visas mentioned in Items 2.A and 2.C above shall be subject to the following conditions:
(1) Must have valid and existing visa at the time of entry;
(2) With pre-booked accredited quarantine facility*;
(3) Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers; and
(4) Without prejudice to applicable immigration laws, rules and regulations.
* The list of hotel quarantine facilities accredited by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) may be found here: http://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/facilities-inspected-as-of-june-11-2020/
4. The PCG is authorized to issue only SINGLE-ENTRY 9(a) VISAS valid for 3 months for a stay of 59 days in the Philippines to the foreign nationals mentioned in Item No.2.B above, subject to the submission of COMPLETE requirements for visa application listed below.
5. Former Filipinos who have not reacquired Philippine citizenship and who belong to the categories mentioned in Item No.2.B above are also required to obtain a 9(a) visa.
6. The PCG is not authorized to issue visas to foreign nationals who do not belong to Item No.2.B mentioned above, 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
Foreign nationals who belong to Item No.2.B must mail their visa application to:
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL, CALGARY
Suite 920 517 10th Avenue South West
Calgary, AB, Canada T2R 0A8
Following are the requirements:
1. ORIGINAL Passport with validity period of six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines,
and photocopy of the passport data page (page with photo). Note: Visa will be stamped on the passport.
2. Duly accomplished Visa Application Form Download Form
Note: Form must be notarized by a local notary public. Visa application of minors must be signed by the parent.
Please write down at the bottom of the form your correct email address where we can reach you.
3. One (1) 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm photo of the applicant taken within the last 6 months. Paste photo on the Visa Application
Form as indicated.
4. Tentative flight/travel itinerary
5. Proof of means of financial income or support, i.e., bank statement, employment certificate, payroll slip, proof of
6. Visa fee: CAD 43.50 - Include in the mail a bank draft (personal cheques are not accepted) payable to the
"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, etc.)
8. Proof of relationship to a Filipino citizen (e.g. Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate)
Note: The Marriage Certificate or Birth Certificate must be copy issued by the Philippine Statistics 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
9. Copy of Filipino spouse's / child's valid Philippine passport
10. Valid PR Card or Work Permit of Filipino spouse/child, if residing in Canada
11. Proof that the Filipino spouse, parent/s, and/or child/children of the applicant is/are currently in the Philippines
or will be travelling with the applicant:
> Airline tickets of Filipino spouse and/or child;
> School enrollment records of Filipino child / children in the Philippines;
> Philippine immigration arrival stamps on their passports; and/or
> Affidavits or certifications signed by local government officials where the Filipino spouse or child/children reside, attesting that they are indeed in their place of residence in the Philippines.
12. Unused, self-stamped, self-addressed return envelope preferably with tracking features (ex. Xpresspost envelope)
to be used in mailing the applicant's passport.
Complete applications must be mailed to the PCG. Personal filing of visa applications is not accepted, but non-Canadians may be required to appear in person.
Visa processing/issuance for COMPLETE applications takes seven (7) working days, counted from the working day after receipt of the application from the mail. Fees and processing time may vary for non-Canadian passport holders.
Applications received from individuals who do not belong to the list in Item No. 2.B above, as well as incomplete/incorrect applications, will not be considered and will be returned.
Applicants are advised to wait for their visa before finalizing flight details.
The PCG is not liable for any delays or loss of documents in the mail, which is a service provided by third parties and not by the PCG.
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.