Foreign businessmen now allowed to enter Philippines – BI

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the foreign businessmen are now allowed to enter the Philippines following the latest resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

Below is the official statement of BI published on its official Facebook account:

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that they would be implementing changes in effective immediately.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente announced that following the latest resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), they have implemented the expanded coverage of allowed to enter the country amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Effective immediately, treaty traders and treaty investors, or those issued visas pursuant to Section 9(d) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 are allowed to enter the country,” said Morente.

According to the law, those holding 9(d) visas are alien businessmen who are in the country to carry on trade of commerce between the Philippines and the country to which he is a national of or invest in an enterprise in the country. Also entitled to the same are the alien’s spouse and minor children, as well as the alien’s employees.

Also adding to the list of foreigners allowed are with visas issued by economic zones of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, and Clark Development Corporation.

Foreign businessmen now allowed to enter Philippines – BI

The following were allowed to enter the Philippines:

  • Foreign nationals with visas under EO 226, as amended by RA 8756, are those working as executives of multinational companies in the Philippines.
  • Those with 47(a)2 visas are special non-immigrants whose visas are granted by the Department of Justice, while Aurora and Subic-issued visas are under special economic zones.
  • Filipinos, their spouse and minor children, foreign children with special needs of Filipinos, foreign parent of minor Filipinos, and foreign parent of Filipino children with special needs were allowed to enter the country are allowed to enter the country as well.
  • Accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents, foreign airline crewmembers, foreign seafarers with 9(c) visas, and foreigners with long-term visas are allowed.