Foreigners Are No Longer Allowed to Enter the Philippines

Read the full announcement here.

All foreign travelers have been banned from entering the Philippines, with no exceptions.

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. announced the updated advisory on stopping the issuance of visas in all foreign posts and upon arrival in the Philippines.

"We are stopping the issuance of visas from all posts abroad and here. This goes one imperative step forward: a total ban on incoming foreign visitors of all nationalities no exceptions," Locsin said on Twitter. He also clarified that foreigners with previously issued visas are included in the ban.

Read the full announcement below:

Starting today, all our Embassies and Consulates will temporarily suspend visa issuance to all foreign nationals as well as the visa-free entry privileges of all foreign nationals. Moreover, all previously issued Philippine visas to foreign nationals are deemed cancelled. Visas already issued to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals remain valid.


As of this writing, the Department of Health has recorded the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in the country at 202. Three recoveries were announced on March 13, bringing the total number of recoveries to seven.

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