5 Countries with confirmed COVID-19 B117 Strain have been added to the Travel Restrictions

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has issued an advisory regarding the inclusion of Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Oman and the People’s Republic of China in the current travel restrictions for countries with confirmed COVID-19 B117 strain effective 13 January 2021.

Who will be affected?

Travelers coming from or transiting through the additional countries listed below within 14 days prior to arrival to the Philippines:

1. Pakistan
2. Jamaica
3. Luxembourg
4. Oman
5. People’s Republic of China


On 31 December 2020, the Office of the Executive Secretary issued a memorandum that lays out the additional measures that will be observed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 B117 strain in the Philippines. Foreign travellers coming from or transiting through the 33 countries listed below will not be allowed to enter the Philippines until 15 January 2021.

1. United Kingdom
2. Denmark
3. Ireland
4. Japan
5. Australia
6. Israel
7. The Netherlands
8. Hong Kong SAR
9. Switzerland
10. France
11. Germany
12. Iceland
13. Italy
14. Lebanon
15. Singapore
16. Finland
17. Sweden
18. South Korea
19. South Africa
20. Canada
21. Spain
22. USA
23. Portugal
24. India
25. Norway
26. Jordan
27. Brazil
28. Austria
29. Pakistan
30. Jamaica
31. Oman
32. Luxembourg
33. People’s Republic of China

Previous guidelines imposed on the travel restrictions for arriving Philippine citizens and foreign nationals will remain the same.


Our previous alert covering the impact remains unchanged. Available here.


Effective immediately until 15 January 2021.

Santa Fe Analysis

We are monitoring any new updates closely and will provide additional information once available.

Should you have any questions, please contact the following:

Ma. Emmariza Ola
Immigration Manager
Santa Fe Relocation
Tel.: +63 917 848 6830
Email: Emmariza.Ola@santaferelo.com

Robert Day
Group Head of Immigration Operations
Santa Fe Relocation
D: +44 7990 021125
Email: Robert.Day@santaferelo.com

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