Hong Kong, Macau nationals may enter Philippines visa-free

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Hong Kong and Macau nationals may again enter the country as temporary visitors without a visa for 14 days.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the relaxed policy is provided in the latest resolution passed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) last Friday, March 11, 2022.

Morente said the resolution revived a Philippine foreign service circular that was in effect prior to the Covid-19 pandemic wherein nationals of Hong Kong and Macau were allowed entry into the country for 14 days visa-free.

In the same resolution, the IATF-MEID stated that nationals from Israel and Brazil may now again enter the Philippines visa-free for an initial stay of 59 days.

The IATF-MEID also revived a previous foreign service circular that was in effect before the pandemic, wherein holders of Israeli and Brazilian passports may be admitted for 59 days upon arrival in the country.

Said privilege was extended to citizens of the two countries in accordance with a reciprocal arrangement wherein Filipinos are also allowed entry into Israel and Brazil for 59 days without a visa.

In 2019, the BI saw the arrival of more than 5,000 Hong Kong nationals and more than 3,000 Macau nationals.

In the same period, almost 25,000 Israelis and around 13,000 Brazilians also entered the Philippines.


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