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liquido

I have a retired friend who is married to a filipina both residing in the USA..He wants to go back to the RP to visit her family but the wife will stay in the USA because she is working.His question is will he be allowed to go back by himself to the RP?..He is not a RP citizen..

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HeyMike
57 minutes ago, liquido said:

I have a retired friend who is married to a filipina both residing in the USA..He wants to go back to the RP to visit her family but the wife will stay in the USA because she is working.His question is will he be allowed to go back by himself to the RP?..He is not a RP citizen..

 

My understanding is that only valid visa holders and balikbayans are allowed entry to the Philippines. This may have changed, though. I am only going by what is said in this video...

 

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SkyMan
2 hours ago, liquido said:

I have a retired friend who is married to a filipina both residing in the USA..He wants to go back to the RP to visit her family but the wife will stay in the USA because she is working.His question is will he be allowed to go back by himself to the RP?..He is not a RP citizen..

I'm assuming he does not have a 13A or other visa.  If I were him (and I was sure I wanted to go) I would contact an embassy and see if he can get a 9A visa without having his wife travel with him. If he doesn't like the answer he gets he can try another embassy but I would not recommend he misrepresents his intentions in any way.  The result could be expensive.

If he was really determined he could apply for a 13A here but that would be kind of cost prohibitive unless he really wanted to move semi-permanently.

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35 minutes ago, SkyMan said:

I would contact an embassy and see if he can get a 9A visa without having his wife travel with him.

You can get a 9a without a wife with you if you have a marriage certificate, the question is can you get one without the purpose of visiting said wife in the PH. The answer could depend on if the embassy knows where she is.

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Daddle

I am here on a 9a. It appeared when I arrived that some effort was made to confirm that the spouse was actually here vs. abroad. Likely just immigration entry/exit records. It was certainly what needed to be attested to in the 9a application. However upon being released into the wilds, of course, nobody has cared about anything. Not an issue at extension time either. 

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to_dave007
35 minutes ago, Daddle said:

I am here on a 9a. It appeared when I arrived that some effort was made to confirm that the spouse was actually here vs. abroad. Likely just immigration entry/exit records. It was certainly what needed to be attested to in the 9a application. However upon being released into the wilds, of course, nobody has cared about anything. Not an issue at extension time either. 

When did you arrive?

Do you also have children with your wife?  Did they similarly want to know where your children were?

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Unless you are married to a Filipina, all foreign tourists are barred from entry during COVID.  They made an exception for foreigners with 13A or who can prove they are married, to facilitate family reunification.  So it seems reasonable that they might not permit entry if the wife (and kids?) is OUTSIDE the Philippines.

Having said that.  I agree with @SkyManabove.  OP's friend needs a 9A visa in any event, and he should not lie about location of his wife and kids. 

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Dafey

This is the latest on the subject from BI website from their press releases

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https://immigration.gov.ph/images/News/2021_Yr/01_Jan/2021Jan22_Press.pdf

PRESS RELEASE 2021 January 22 Diplomats, Spouse and children of Pinoys from 35 restricted countries now allowed entry MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration announced that they will be implementing the resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) on allowing certain classes of foreign nationals with valid visas effective immediately. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente stated that they received a copy of IATF resolution No. 95 allowing the entry of accredited foreign diplomats, personnel of accredited international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries despite coming from, or have a travel history within the last 14 days from any of the 35 countries with travel restrictions due to Covid-19. “Arriving foreign diplomats and personnel of accredited international organizations will be referred to the airport’s one stop shop for the usual testing and quarantine protocols,” said Morente. The BI added that those coming in the country for medical and emergency cases, including their medical escorts, if any, will be allowed to enter the country subject to applicable testing and quarantine protocols as prescribed by the Department of Health. Also allowed in the latest resolution are the spouse and minor children of Filipinos. However, Morente stressed that the arriving spouse and minor children of Filipinos should be traveling with them and should apply for an entry visa before coming to the Philippines. “Spouse and minor children of Filipinos traveling with them who are not in possession of valid entry visas issued by our foreign posts abroad will not be allowed entry,” said Morente. The resolution states that they will be subject to the same testing and quarantine protocols applicable to Filipinos. Morente also clarified that dual citizens holding both a Philippine and foreign citizenship will be allowed entry upon presentation of a valid Philippine passport, or their certificate of citizenship. According to the BI, a certificate of citizenship could mean either an Identification Certificate or a certificate of reacquisition/retention of Philippine Citizenship under RA 9225. Currently, the BI is implementing a travel ban on aliens with a travel history within the last 14 days from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, The Netherlands, The People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, and the United States. Included in the travel ban are those coming from Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, Brazil, Austria, Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, and Oman. On Sunday, the Malacanang ordered the inclusion of the United Arab Emirates and Hungary to those temporarily restricted due to new Covid-19 variants.

 

 

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HeyMike
35 minutes ago, Dafey said:

This is the latest on the subject from BI website from their press releases

 

Dafey, I believe the visa restrictions for spouses have been update as to not need any type of visa if you are traveling with your wife or husband.

https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/ph/home/covid-19/ArrivingInThePH/EligiblePaxForTravelToPH

 

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Daddle
3 hours ago, to_dave007 said:

When did you arrive?

Do you also have children with your wife?  Did they similarly want to know where your children were?

I arrived 14 Dec 2020. Children were not an issue. To obtain the 9a visa a few weeks before they (the consulate in LA, California) asked for a letter of invitation from the wife...in which we made a point of establishing her currently residing at our PI home (was not notarized or really official in any way...).  It is all rather uncertain, rubbery, as is typical here in paradise.

Both Phil Airlines and immigration spent some extra minutes checking things versus the usual, pre COVID, quick process. 
Was required to carry the Marriage document and photocopy of spouses passport info page. 

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7 hours ago, HeyMike said:

Dafey, I believe the visa restrictions for spouses have been update as to not need any type of visa if you are traveling with your wife or husband.

And to not need the traveling wife (or children) if you're visiting any of them in PH.

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4 hours ago, Fresh said:

And to not need the traveling wife (or children) if you're visiting any of them in PH.

 

In the case as you posted, I believe you will need a visa to enter the Philippines.

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