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    Changes to Philippines Visa

    If I am reading this correctly, anybody coming to the Philippines will need to get a visa in their own country before travelling. This applies to spouses and children of Filipino Citizens.

    See the link to the Philippines Bureau of Immigration

    https://immigration.gov.ph/images/Ne...ug08_Press.pdf


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    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    Seems to be British and Irish passport holders are still visa free.

    https://londonpe.dfa.gov.ph/consular-matters/visa
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    Might be useful to post in Philippines News so I will do that as well.

    If it only needs to be on the forum once can a mod please delete from the least relevant please.


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    No need to repost, I'll just move and stick this thread. I'll delete your other thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raynaputi View Post
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    Seems to be British and Irish passport holders are still visa free.
    Phew, thank God for that ... 's a blessed relief!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse View Post
    If I am reading this correctly, anybody coming to the Philippines will need to get a visa in their own country before travelling. This applies to spouses and children of Filipino Citizens.

    See the link to the Philippines Bureau of Immigration

    https://immigration.gov.ph/images/Ne...ug08_Press.pdf
    Correct.. No more BB status honoured for foreigners.. Need 9a!
    Even those with an SRRV (retirement visa) NOT allowed to travel to the Phils!!
    All that money they paid and all of the hoops they had to jump through...Wasted!!
    13a/b still OK.


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    Seems to be British and Irish passport holders are still visa free.
    That, I`m pretty certain is Pre Covid and new restrictions.
    Pretty sure ALL foreigners need 9a. now (except residence or long term working visas) or they probably will not pass airport check in.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fred View Post
    That, I`m pretty certain is Pre Covid and new restrictions.
    Pretty sure ALL foreigners need 9a. now (except residence or long term working visas) or they probably will not pass airport check in.
    I agree.

    Rules are being changed like the weather in this clown show.

    ALL must have a visa, unless already in possession of a long-term one such as 13A.

    NO foreign tourists being admitted.

    Forget any 'Balikbayan' privileges too.

    Of course this could change next week... just to make it even easier for people trying to organise flights, etc !

    https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1866319


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    I can't see things becoming much easier till the virus has been defeated.

    Seemingly Duterte has already worked out a deal with the Russians, they will provide their vaccine to the Philippines for free.

    All sounds rather sinister to me.


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    Looks like SRRV holders may have had reprieve.. Nothing on B.I site just yet but...



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    Don't understand, does this apply to me wife and child? And I am possibly staying?? My flight looks as though it's schedual is as it should be, glad I booked it in January because the prices vary from £1600 to £2500 + depending on what airline one uses and the return flights are from £301 to £550 these are present prices.


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    Yes Micheal,at the moment it does (except your wife if she is flying out with a Filipino passport)..
    Get the 9a sorted..Plenty of time!


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    The country is run by idiots.

    'Clarification' after 'clarification'.

    No thought given to those booking (and paying for) flights, split up families, etc.

    Let the damned virus run its course you fools...and just protect the (tiny percentage of) vulnerable. End of story.


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    Quote Originally Posted by raynaputi View Post
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    Seems to be British and Irish passport holders are still visa free.

    https://londonpe.dfa.gov.ph/consular-matters/visa

    They just updated the link above.

    Oh well, we don't have any plans of visiting the Philippines yet anyway. We visited last year for my brother's wedding. It will be in 2 years the earliest if we are planning to go back again.
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    Thanks Fred, wife British passport only, what is 9a and what is that for and how do I obtain it? Regarding time, Flying with Singapore at the moment I've checked it out and for my dates is still operating, the only difference is price change but that won't affect us, hopefully if I don't hear from the airline I just go to the airport. Have called them hoping to speak to someone but the recorded messages instructing you what to do to speak to whoever are not audible to me due to their British accent. Any help would be appreciated.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Parnham View Post
    Thanks Fred, wife British passport only, what is 9a and what is that for and how do I obtain it? Regarding time, Flying with Singapore at the moment I've checked it out and for my dates is still operating, the only difference is price change but that won't affect us, hopefully if I don't hear from the airline I just go to the airport. Have called them hoping to speak to someone but the recorded messages instructing you what to do to speak to whoever are not audible to me due to their British accent. Any help would be appreciated.
    See section 4 of the above memorandum.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fred View Post
    Looks like SRRV holders may have had reprieve.. Nothing on B.I site just yet but...

    Quote Originally Posted by SimonH View Post
    See section 4 of the above memorandum.
    Section 4 of the above document shown there ^ y'mean? Hmm!

    ... so, does that ^ grant Filipina nationals who have Dual Citizenship visa~free entry to the Phils - yet NOT their foreign spouses?


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    Hopefully, the partner's need for a *9a (or whatever the hell it's called) will stop once the covid scare's over ... otherwise ... ... I wouldn't be at all surprised if *its introduction is just another money-making exercise.


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    You're right there Arthur, I've checked Embassy website read everything and the end has a note in red that says, No more visa applications until further notice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Parnham View Post
    I've checked Embassy website read everything and the end has a note in red that says, No more visa applications until further notice.
    Micheal..It`s a difficult time for all of us...Not only that but the idiot Bureaucrats here are worthless pieces of sh.. IMO.
    You need to print out the info that I have given you and ask them what they think it means!! After all,they issued the memorandum so it`s their responsibility to explain it to you.
    Let us know what they (the embassy) advise you..
    Keep digital or photo copies of what they tell you.
    I`d appreciate it if you post their reply here.


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    Will find out what I can Fred


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    Update from the BI website. All foreigners married to a Filipina/Filipino MUST obtain a visa before traveling unless they have a current valid visa. If they thold an ACR-I card that is expired they must renew it before travel.

    https://immigration.gov.ph/images/Ne...ug14_Press.pdf


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    How do they define 'partner' of Philippine national?

    https://londonpe.dfa.gov.ph/consular...U1-CatKH0sIfoM


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    Took so long for that page to load, I gave up.

    Typical Phils ?


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    "All visa applications are to be sent by post. The visa application form must be notarised by a British / Irish Notary Public and must bear the Notary’s official seal."

    Good God, they even want the visa application to be notarised.

    I can't see it returning to "visa on arrival" any time soon.


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    They also want a bank statement showing a minimum of £1000, All my money is in my Philippine bank cos I transfer most of my income every month and now I can't get a statement


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    Well Fred, what I do know is that no Foreigners allowed in Philippines unless they have a long term visa, in other words you guys living in Philippines can leave and re enter no new visa's issued can be used. So for the time being I'm stuck. Singapore Airlines have cancelled flights to Manila because of Manila airport entry regulations and have moved my flight to March now with an £487 increase. If anyone is aware of any useful updates in the future please post on here.


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