Foreigners with special resident retiree's visa allowed to enter PH

Published June 4, 2021, 2:13 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

The government has eased the country’s entry restrictions on foreigners with special resident retiree’s visas following a recommendation made by the Department of Tourism.


Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said these foreign retirees no longer have to secure a government document seeking exemption to the travel restrictions based on a decision of the state’s pandemic task force.

Prior to the latest resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), foreigners with special resident retiree’s visa may enter the country provided they present an entry exemption document issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs upon arrival.

“The IATF allowed foreign nationals holding Special Resident Retiree’s Visa to enter the Philippines without the need of an entry exemption document,” Roque said in a statement Friday, June 4.

The government earlier suspended the entry of most foreign nationals, except those with valid and existing visas at time of entry, in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country. Foreign tourists are still not allowed entry to the country.

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The government has also imposed entry restrictions on travelers coming from India and six other countries until mid-June as a precaution against coronavirus variants. Exempted from the travel ban are Filipino passengers taking part in repatriation efforts.

Passengers allowed entry to the country must undergo strict testing and quarantine protocols.

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