On 28 February 2021, the Bureau of Immigration issued an advisory allowing foreign nationals to renew their re-entry permits at any of the international airports upon arrival.

Who will be affected?

+ Foreign nationals who are holders of a valid immigrant visa (e.g. 13(a) visa, Permanent Resident Visa, Quota Visa) but with an expired Re-entry permit
+ Foreign nationals who are holders of a valid non-immigrant visa (e.g. 9(g) visa, Temporary Resident Visa, 9(d) visa, 9(f) visa) but with expired Special Return Certificate (SRC)

Background

On 19 February 2021, the Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra has issued a Memorandum to Commissioner Jaime H. Morente to allow foreign nationals who are allowed to enter the Philippines to renew their Re-entry or Special Return Certificate (SRC) at the airport upon arrival to the Philippines.

On 25 February 2021, Commissioner Morente directed all the Bureau of Immigration’s departments who are responsible for the arrival of foreign passengers and issuance of the re-entry permits and SRC to draft the necessary guidelines pursuant to the DOJ directive dated 19 February 2021.

Impact

1. Foreign nationals who are holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas but with expired re-entry permits and SRCs who will enter the Philippine are allowed to renew and pay the necessary fees at the airport upon arrival.
2. Arriving foreign nationals with expired re-entry permits and SRC should not be excluded from entering the Philippines on the grounds of an “expired re-entry permit or SRC.”

Implementation

Effective immediately

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
    Philippines
    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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