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lamoe
9 hours ago, James Bond said:

I don't believe so. Tourists still can't get in as far as I know.

Correct BUT I've applied for an EED (expedited entrance document? )and SRR (Special retired resident)  visa - had to apply before they'd consider EED. To allow me to go back home. Awaiting EED.

Consulate is in Chicago - can drop off self addressed envelope with Passport and forms  plus $30? for 1 week expedited entrance visa to apply for SRR visa in person.

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Their entry / exit rules and regulations are about as clear as mud in a beer bottle!! When are the ruling clowns going to realise that they are stuffing up the one industry that could pull the Ph

I think most people use the term tourist in reference to just a random person and not someone with a spouse or child in the RP.

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9 hours ago, to_dave007 said:

not strictly true.  Tourists CAN get in, but in limited circumstances.  You would need to be married here or have children here, and would need to apply for and receive a 9A (tourist) visa in your home country before boarding your flight.  Once you are insde PI, you can extend the 9A (tourist) visa in same manner as before the pandemic.

I think most people use the term tourist in reference to just a random person and not someone with a spouse or child in the RP.

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does this mean a 13a holder is ok to travel back or do they need a tourist  visa.....I am confused, I suspect by design of the BI!!:idontknow:

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2 hours ago, MickyG said:

does this mean a 13a holder is ok to travel back or do they need a tourist  visa.....I am confused, I suspect by design of the BI!!:idontknow:

With a 13a, you can travel to the Philippines.  You are a resident and not a tourist.  Assuming it's not an expired ACR card.

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Their entry / exit rules and regulations are about as clear as mud in a beer bottle!!

When are the ruling clowns going to realise that they are stuffing up the one industry that could pull the Phils out of the shit. And the same point scoring politically based crap is going on here in Oz and other countries too.  Perhaps that method of wiping clearing out the ruling gurus and starting fresh has some merit. At least keep the bastards honest.. perhaps!  :baseballbat::killself::killself:

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https://www.bworldonline.com/philippines-to-allow-entry-of-more-foreign-tourists-amid-decreasing-cases/

It would be more clearer with a detailed communication from the Bureau of Immigration 

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Philippines to allow entry of more foreign tourists amid decreasing cases

November 26, 2021 | 9:33 pm

Fully vaccinated people from countries that do not require a visa will be allowed to enter the Philippines next month, the government said.

The travelers from so-called non-visa-required countries should have stayed “exclusively” in an area tagged as low-risk from the coronavirus for two weeks, President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s spokesman Karlo Alexei B. Nograles said at a regular news conference.

The tourists should have passports valid for at least six months at the time of arrival and a return or outbound ticket to their country of origin or next country of destination, he added.

Qualified foreign tourists will not be quarantined if they test negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours prior to their departure from the country of origin, the presidential spokesman said. But they are enjoined to self-monitor for symptoms until the 14th day from their arrival with their arrival date as the first day, he added.

The new rules for foreign travelers will take effect from Dec. 1 to 15, Mr. Nograles said. “If we see that it is being implemented well, we may extend the dates.”

Tourism is an important sector for the Philippines, accounting for at least 12.8% of its growth output in 2018, government data showed. In 2020, when the pandemic started hitting the country, the sector’s contribution to the economy fell to 5.4%.

For the past five years, the average share of tourism to the Philippine economy was 10.5%.

The new rule for foreign travelers “will enhance tourist arrivals and give hope to business owners who were severely affected by the pandemic,” said Noe Lineses, a tourism official in the popular beach destination Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro, south of the Philippine capital.

It will be a “booster shot” for businesses that rely on foreign travelers, he said in a Facebook Messenger chat. “It will create more jobs and stimulate the economy.”

Puerto Galera, which is considered as the mini version of Boracay in central Philippines, has started accepting vaccinated tourists.

COVID VARIANT

Countries included in the Philippines’ green list for travel are considered at a low-risk from the coronavirus.

China — where the first case of the coronavirus was reported in late 2019 — and 44 other countries are currently on that list.

China recently struggled to manage a coronavirus outbreak believed to be spurred by the highly contagious Delta variant. The country had tightened mobility restrictions due to the outbreak, with capital Beijing enforcing lockdowns in several residential compounds.

Mr. Nograles said Philippine health authorities are “aware” that a new coronavirus variant with a number of mutations has been detected in Africa and other countries.

“We are intently monitoring the situation,” he said, noting that the country is now in talks with the World Health Organization to get updates regarding the new variant known as B.1.1.529.

The variant has more than 50 mutations, BBC reported, citing a health expert in South Africa.

“This variant did surprise us, it has a big jump on evolution [and] many more mutations that we expected,” Tulio de Oliveira, director of South Africa’s center for epidemic response, was quoted as saying. It was very different from other variants that have circulated.

Dana Sandoval, spokesperson of the Philippine immigration bureau, said they are prepared to implement restrictions to prevent the entry of the variant.

The Philippine immigration bureau anticipates an increase in passenger traffic. It has already banned its workers assigned at international airports from going on leave during the holiday season

With the expected increase in passenger volume in Philippine ports, the government should improve its coronavirus testing capacity and establish additional testing centers in public areas, OCTA Research Fellow Fredegusto P. David said in a Facebook Messenger chat. — Kyle Aristophere Atienza

 

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https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1161228
 

IATF suspends plan to reopen PH to foreign tourists: BI

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MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has suspended a plan to reopen the country to foreign travelers amid the threat of new Covid-19 Omicron variant.

“The IATF deemed it necessary to suspend the entry of foreign tourists, given worldwide concerns over the Omicron variant,” BI Commissioner Jaime Morente in a statement.

“For now, the current general travel restrictions stand. Only Filipinos, balikbayan, and those with long term visas from green and yellow list countries may be allowed entry,” he added.

He said travelers from seven European countries have also been barred from entering the country.

The nations that have been added to the IATF’s “red list” from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15 are Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, and Italy.

“Those coming from red list countries within the last 14 days prior to arrival shall not be allowed to enter the Philippines,” he added.

Morente said the IATF ruling allowed the entry of Filipinos, who may be assisted in their return via government and non-government repatriation and Bayanihan flights, but will be subject to the health protocols as set by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ).

He added that those already in transit from red list countries who will arrive before Nov. 30, if part of the allowable classes, may enter the country and will also be subjected to BOQ protocols.

Meanwhile, BI Port Operations Division chief lawyer Carlos Capulong reminded airline companies to carefully inspect the document of travelers prior to boarding to ensure that only those allowed entry may fly to the country.

“We are conducting 100 percent passport inspection to ensure that we see the complete travel history of the arriving passengers,” he said.

Capulong said aliens who are inadmissible but were allowed to board will be denied entry, and will warrant a penalty to the erring airline. (PNA) 

 

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6 hours ago, Soupeod said:

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1161228
 

IATF suspends plan to reopen PH to foreign tourists: BI

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MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has suspended a plan to reopen the country to foreign travelers amid the threat of new Covid-19 Omicron variant.

“The IATF deemed it necessary to suspend the entry of foreign tourists, given worldwide concerns over the Omicron variant,” BI Commissioner Jaime Morente in a statement.

“For now, the current general travel restrictions stand. Only Filipinos, balikbayan, and those with long term visas from green and yellow list countries may be allowed entry,” he added.

He said travelers from seven European countries have also been barred from entering the country.

The nations that have been added to the IATF’s “red list” from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15 are Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, and Italy.

“Those coming from red list countries within the last 14 days prior to arrival shall not be allowed to enter the Philippines,” he added.

Morente said the IATF ruling allowed the entry of Filipinos, who may be assisted in their return via government and non-government repatriation and Bayanihan flights, but will be subject to the health protocols as set by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ).

He added that those already in transit from red list countries who will arrive before Nov. 30, if part of the allowable classes, may enter the country and will also be subjected to BOQ protocols.

Meanwhile, BI Port Operations Division chief lawyer Carlos Capulong reminded airline companies to carefully inspect the document of travelers prior to boarding to ensure that only those allowed entry may fly to the country.

“We are conducting 100 percent passport inspection to ensure that we see the complete travel history of the arriving passengers,” he said.

Capulong said aliens who are inadmissible but were allowed to board will be denied entry, and will warrant a penalty to the erring airline. (PNA) 

 

Guess we all knew this was coming:popcorn:

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lamoe

Looks like my EED / SRRV approach may have been the right choice. Looking at mid-January? "Only Filipinos, balikbayan, and those with long term visas from green and yellow list countries may be allowed entry,”"

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Just now, lamoe said:

Only Filipinos, balikbayan, and those with long term visas from green and yellow list countries may be allowed entry,”"

Trouble is, countries jump from green to red and back again in no time. You can go on holiday to a green or yellow country but when you want to come back you may find it's changed colour to red. Hungary is a good example - not long ago it was on the green list, now it's on the red list. If you look at the figures on Worldometers, you can see why. A sudden astronomical rise in cases, and this can presumably happen in any country. 

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