COVID-19 - Update 30. MAR 2020

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Update MAR-APR 2020The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that Flight cancellations by the airlines and travel restrictions implemented due to the COVID-19 outbreak has prompted the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to scale down its operations and downsize its workforce at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Starting today, we are relocating our offices and operations at Terminals 2 and 3 to Terminal 1 where all flights to and from NAIA shall take place,” BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said.

Earlier, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced that it was moving all its operations to NAIA’s Terminal 1 in view of the suspension of many flights by different airlines due to the ongoing enhanced community quarantine. Morente disclosed that as a result of the downscaling of airport operations, the BI has assigned a skeletal workforce at the NAIA that would suffice to ensure the uninterrupted delivery of immigration services to the travelling public.

“This would enable our personnel to lessen the risk of getting infected by this virus,” the BI chief said. Morente added that the action was to ensure that hazards are minimized, as the officers continued to report as frontliners at the airport amidst the ongoing community quarantine to fight the spread of COVID-19. According to BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina, all of the immigration officers assigned at NAIA’s three terminals have been instructed to report for duty at Terminal 1 until the resumption of normal flight operations.

Medina said that as a result of the downsizing of operations, BI officers manning NAIA’s immigration counters are now on skeletal force. “We are now fully compliant with the requirements of the enhanced community quarantine wherein government employees are enjoined to maintain a minimal number of employees without compromising the delivery of services to the public,” Medina added.

He assured that there are enough BI officers who will be on hand to conduct immigration formalities for passengers of the few international flights that will continue to fly in and out of the NAIA during the quarantine period.

Important Government and News Sites about COVID 19:

  • www.ncovtracker.doh.gov.ph
  • www.ndrrmc.gov.ph
  • www.pia.gov.ph
  • www.doh.gov.ph


COVID-19 - Update 27. MAR 2020

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Update MAR-APR 2020The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that they will temporarily be allowing foreign nationals with approved and implemented visas but awaiting release of their Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card) to depart the country.

Said announcement was in light of the Enhanced Community Quarantine and Stringent Social Distancing Measures directive from Malacanang. Regular procedures require departing aliens wtih approved visas but pending ACR I-Card to secure a Waiver at the BI's main office. “We will no longer be requiring ACR I-Card Waiver Orders for departing foreign nationals.

With the rapid spike in COVID-19 cases, we were prompted to make additional measures to lessen person to person contact,” said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente. In lieu of the ACR I-Card Waiver Order, the requirements to be presented in the airport are as follows:

Passport with valid visa, as indicated in the implementation stamp, official receipts of the ACR I-Card Waiver Application Fee and Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC) with Returning Permit (RP) or Special Resident Certificate (SRC), whichever is applicable. Morente further advised departing foreign nationals to keep said requirements as the same will be needed for when they enter the country again under their respective visas.

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Follow the strict Government instructions about "ban on going out" !  Time period - 08:00 PM to 05:00 AM

The US military has cancelled large-scale exercises involving thousands of troops in the Philippines in May due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

San Miguel gives 560,000 kilos of rice in Metro Manila.

BIR stretches deadlines on tax payments.

83 electric co-ops give customers one-month extension to settle Electricity Bills.

Most Bank's in the Philippines extended loan and credit card payment due dates by 30 days.


COVID-19 - Update 21. MAR 2020

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Update MAR-APR 2020The Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente announced the updated Resolution No 89 Series of 2020

The following revised guidelines are hereby implemented:

Foreign Nationals with valid and existing Visa under Section 9(e) and 9(g) of Commonwealth Act No 613, who leave the Philippines must be follow Condition:


  • they have valid and existing Visa on date of arrival
  • with Pre-Booked Quarantine Facility


Resolution START on 17. December 2020

9(e) Visa Holder

9(g) Visa Holder with valid ACR Card and ECC-SRC Return. (Special Return Certificate)
















that they will be implementing the restricted entry of foreign nationals in the country starting March 22.

Said move follows the issuance of a Foreign Service Circular by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) suspending visa issuance and visa-free privileges for foreign nationals arriving in the Philippines due to the declaration of a State of Calamity throughout the Philippines because of the Covid-2019, and the declaration of a public health emergency throughout the Philippines.

According to Morente, all issuance for entry visas for visa-required foreign nationals were suspended by the DFA, while all previously-issued visas are deemed cancelled. The DFA circular adds that visa-free privileges of foreign nationals are likewise temporarily suspended. Currently, nationals of 157 countries enjoy visa free privileges.

These countries include the South Korea, United States of America, Canada, Japan, and Singapore. South Korea remains the top arrival in the country with more than 2.1M arrivals in 2019. Exempted from this suspension are foreign spouses and children who are traveling with the Filipino national, foreign crew members, as well as foreign government and International Organization officials accredited to the Philippines.

“We will be implementing it in 48 hours, or 12mn of March 22, 2020 to give ample time to the DFA to inform foreign posts and embassies,” said Morente. The suspension of visa issuance and visa-free privileges is tantamount to a total suspension of the entry of foreign nationals. “Following the direction of the DFA who decides on our foreign policy,

we will likewise be temporarily restricting the entry of foreign nationals who have converted to both immigrant and non-immigrant visas, those under visa waiver agreements, as well as special visa holders,” said Morente. “Only Filipinos, their spouse and children, foreign diplomats, and foreign crew members will be allowed entry,” he clarified. 


In view of the Quarantine Situation

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In the next 4 week's everybody will not to be found normal Conditions in Metro Manila. With immediate effect the Bureau of Immigration Announcement that in Luzon incl. NCR all Offices temporarily suspended during the effectivity of the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

The FAC creating an Emergency Action Response Plan in the Intervening time for Metro Manila.

  • Please text your concern to SMART   +639393554152 or +639393554151 or +639216006151
  • Please text your concern to GLOBE   +639158262657

The FAC will updated you from time to time. Araneta City, 19. MAR 2020 / 22:00 PM


FAC Update March / April 2020

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Update MAR-APR 2020Bureau of Immigration: 

  • In March 2020 BI intercepts 242 Foreign illegal workers at NAIA
  • BI arrested 30 undocumented Indian Citizen in Quezon City
  • Application perioded for the 2020 – 2021 Accredition is hereby set from 01. APR 2020 to 01. MAY 2020
  • BI arrest Myanmar Citizen for Overstaying and one Iranian for undesirability Caces


Department of Labor and Employment:

  • Start 16. MAR 2020 NEW business hours Monday – Thursday 07:00 AM – 07:00 PM only
  • Companies or Clients needed AEP – please send your Request to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!
  • The Alien Employment Permit (AEP) is a permit issued to a nonresident alien or foreign national seeking admission to the Philippines for employment purposes

CITY HALL Quezon City:

  • New Application and Requirements for “Mayor Business Permit” 2020
  • Now called “Permit to Operate” and additionally required “ENVIRONMENTAL Inspection Certificate

Corona Virus:

  • Travel from and To Manila suspended from MAR 15 as Code Red Sublevel 2 raised over COVID 19
  • Public Buildings unpopulated
  • All scholl's for one month suspended
  • The Community Quarantine, which would take place from March 15 to April 14, would be implemented to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus disease or COVID-19 The Metro Manila Council on 14 MAR 2020 announced that the 17 mayors unanimously agreed to a resolution to pass ordinances that will eventually set an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Curfew. public transport including the Light Rail Transit, Metro Rail Transit and Philippine National Railways would continue, This would cover temporary travel restrictions in the Metro Manila

Business update:

  • The actual February 2020 inflation is within the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ forecast of 2.4 percent to 3.2 percent
  • Review Philippine Business Barometer Stocks FEB 2020 from Philippine Statistics Authority.