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Now Open To Foreigners- Can I Travel To The Philippines Right Now?

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The Philippines just announced it is opening its borders to foreign tourists. Do you want to visit the Philippines but are unsure about the current travel restrictions? Learn about the entry procedures, vaccination status, and documentation required to answer the question, Can I travel to the Philippines right now.

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I'm visiting my girlfriend for a few months. I've bought the tickets and I leave uk on the 3rd March and return on 30th April. I wasnt aware I needed an EED for the visa until just now. Please help.


   
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Hi Joshua,

Are you fully vaccinated? Fully vaccinated according to the Philippines is 2-shots of a 2-dose vaccine or 1-shot of a 1-dose vaccine.


   
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Yes I have been vaccinated three times. 3rd was a booster.


   
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Hi Josh,

As of February 10th, fully vaccinated UK citizens no longer require an EED to enter the Philippines.

https://nomadicfire.com/travel-to-the-philippines-right-now#countries Look for the red box that says "LIST OF COUNTRIES ALLOWED TO ENTER THE PHILIPPINES VISA-FREE" and you will see the United Kingdom on the list.

You still need additional requirements: onward ticket, COVID insurance, etc. You can see the list of requirements here

https://nomadicfire.com/travel-to-the-philippines-right-now#visa-free-foreigners

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Cheers,

Marco


   
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 Eliz
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Hello dear Nomadicfire! I'm Belarusian citizen, which is not a visa-free country. I want to apply for 9a visa for the Philippines. Currently I'm working as a model in South Korea (I don't have residency here, only work visa). I also have a model agency in the Philippines, Manila. What are my options to enter the Philippines?


   
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Hi Eliz,

Do you meet the definition of fully vaccinated, which for the Philippines are 2-shots of a 2-dose vaccine or 1-shot of a 1-dose vaccine.

Can you meet the other requirements for Visa-Restricted Foreigners to enter the Philippines?

https://nomadicfire.com/travel-to-the-philippines-right-now#visa-required-foreigners


   
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 Eliz
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Hey, Yes, I’m fully vaccinated 3 shots (with booster) of Pfizer.


   
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Great, that's an essential requirement. If you can meet the other conditions I linked to, then to get the 9a, you'll need to get an Entry Exemption Document (EED). The EED is typically provided for retirement, family reunification, or employment. Your best bet will be to get your agency to request the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for an EED. With the EED, you head to your nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate to get the 9a to enter the Philippines.


   
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Hello Mr. Marco Sison.
I'm a Nigerian & presently in Nigeria working a Registered Nurse and Registered Mental Health and Psychiatric Nurse & I'm not a Filipino. But I have a scheduled NCLEX EXAMS to be written in the Manila Philippines. I contacted the Philippines Embassy here in Abuja, Nigeria, but was told that I needed an Entry Exemption Documents for me to be issued a visa.

So, Mr. MARCO SISON, I'm definitely going to be glad if you can really be of help & that will go a long way for me to secure my visa. I don't think I have issues getting the visa. All my necessary documents are on ground, it's just remaining the EED as part of my supporting documents for my visa Application since the Philippines just reopened their country to foreigners after the pandemic of Covid 19.
Adesanmi Tolulope James


   
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Additionally, I'm fully vaccinated, I also do have my Yellow fever vaccine card certificate. So, do I sill need to do the PCR Covid 19 test 48 hours before travelling?


   
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Hi Adesanmi,

Since Nigeria is not on the visa-free list, entry into the Philippines is more complicated. You are correct that you need an EED and 9a to enter the Philippines. Here is what the DFA doesn't make clear. Another Philippine government agency must request the EED from the DFA. The DFA then issues you the 9a visa to enter the country. But the EED is a government agency to government agency request.

You have to find a government agency to petition for an EED from DFA. Most EEDs are being issued for family reunification, retirement, or employment. Tourism EEDs are rarely under current rules.

I am assuming from your message you are neither planning to retire nor work in the Philippines, correct? If so, your best bet is to try asking the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for an EED. However, your EED request is not common. You may need to talk to several people until you find one that knows what to do.

Nomadic FIRE and its Visa Partners focus on SRRV Retirement Visas, 13a Marriage Visas, Work Visas, or Investor Visas. Unfortunately, we do not have any contacts in the Department of Education or Commission on Higher Education.

I know it's not great news, but I hope it helps.

Cheers,

Marco Sison


   
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 Jzzy
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Hi my fiance wants to go here in ph but we both dont know how to get the eed hes from pakistan national residing in pakistan also thankyou please help


   
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 Eliz
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Thank you a lot Marco!


   
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Hi Jzzy,

Can he meet the other requirements for Visa-Restricted Foreigners to enter the Philippines?

https://nomadicfire.com/travel-to-the-philippines-right-now#visa-required-foreigners
If yes, he still needs an accepted reason to enter the Philippines. If you were already married, it's much easier, but as finance, it's difficult. Tourism visas are still not freely issued. Most EEDs are for retirement, employment, or family reunification.


   
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