Restictions on incoming passengers
Current restrictions Dec 16, 2021
Resolution stating EED not needed for 9a visa hoders
who are spouses, parent or children of PH citizen
More info: BI facebook page
Alien immigrants with expired ACR I-Cards can still enter PH - BIThe Bureau of Immigration (BI) said foreigners, who are holders of immigrant or permanent resident visas but whose alien certificate of registration identity cards (ACR I-Card) have expired, can still travel to the Philippines so long as they have valid re-entry permits (RPs).
In a memorandum to all terminal heads of different international airports, Atty. Carlos Capulong, BI Acting Port Operations Division Chief, reiterated an earlier directive of BI Commissioner Jaime Morente to allow the entry of alien immigrants with expired ACR I-Cards.
“We are still being besieged with queries as to whether these aliens who are permanent residents and immigrants with expired I-Cards can go back to the Philippines. They can do so as long as they can present their valid RPs,” Capulong said.
It was learned that Morente issued the directive upon recommendation of the Bureau’s Alien Registration Division (ARD) which held that arriving immigrants with expired ACR I-Cards should not be turned back but be advised only to renew their cards at the Bureau.
According to the ARD, these ACR I-Cards cannot be used as basis to admit an alien immigrant as it merely serves as proof that the latter is registered with the BI.
Capulong, however, stressed that aliens who are holders of non-immigrant visas must be in possession of valid ACR I-Cards to be allowed entry into the Philippines.
As for aliens whose re-entry permits and special return certificates (SRC) have expired, Capulong said they may renew the same upon arriving at the airport before immigration clearance.
It can be recalled that Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra earlier issued a directive allowing aliens with expired re-entry permits and SRCs to extend and pay their fees at the airport. It was noted that most of these alien visa holders failed to extend their RPs and SRCs as they were stranded abroad due to the pandemic and ongoing international travel restrictions.
Update July 23, 2021
Upon the recommendation of the IATF Technical Working Group, foreign spouses, parent/s, and/or children of Filipino citizens with valid 9(a) visas may be allowed entry to the Philippines without the need of an entry exemption document beginning 01 August 2021. For this purpose, the visas of the foregoing shall contain the following notation: “EED not required per IATF Resolution No. 128 (s.2021)"