The Bureau of Immigration of the Philippines has recently announced that vaccinated individuals from Green Countries will be able to enter the country and no longer require a facility quarantine. They will only need to conduct a PCR test 72 hours prior to departure as well as one several days after arrival.
This, coupled with the greater relaxation for processing pre-approved visas, finally signals that the Philippines is ready to start moving forward on the economic front.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020, the Philippines has not permitted foreigners to enter the country without a valid work visa.
Typically in the Philippines, work visas are obtained more easily in the country after a foreign national has arrived on a tourist visa. However, due to the pandemic this was no longer possible and many local and foreign companies have struggled bringing in foreign staff into the country.
Now with the latest move of the removal of the required 14 day quarantine at either a government facility or approved hotel, companies can now focus on bringing in their foreign staff and slowly reopening their offices.
The process for applying for a work visa while employees are outside the Philippines can be a complex task for any organization. A certificate of exemption or exclusion needs to be obtained so that the foreign staff may come to the Philippines and complete the process.
A valid 9g work visa will still need to be obtained for them to stay in the Philippines.
This may be hard to obtain if you are unfamiliar with how to process this new requirement.
But, this is still an exciting indication from the Bureau of Immigration that things are headed in the right direction.
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Judah Z Hirsch, Managing Director