Movement – Filipino nationals  

Non-essential travel for Filipinos is now allowed in areas under general community quarantine. 

For the period from 1st to 30th of November 2020, Metro Manila and provinces including Batangas, Tacloban, Iloilo, Bacolod, Iligan and Lanao del Sur remain under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

Lanao del Sur and Marawi City have been placed into Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) while the rest of the country remains under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

Limited modes of transport are allowed within GCQ areas. Businesses who wish to operate in quarantined communities are encouraged to organise shuttle services for their employees. For shuttle services using private vehicles, the driver only needs to display the company ID when entering or exiting checkpoints.

Passage will also be permitted to those workers in informal sectors who are engaged in essential activities, provided they display either ID or proof of transaction (e.g. receipt from a supplier).

Local Government Units (LGUs) can also assist in transporting persons or workers who have been stranded, displaced or dismissed from work because of factors related to quarantine. 

If you need help with anything related to movement of workers across quarantined areas, get in touch You can talk to a dedicated BOI Investments Specialist by booking an appointment with us today. 

Movement – foreign nationals

Travel to the Philippines is currently allowed for foreign nationals holding indefinite visas or who are family of Filipino nationals by affinity.

However, in exceptional circumstances, those foreign nationals with valid and existing special visas and wish to visit the country are now allowed to enter starting 1st of November 2020.

Upon arrival, foreign nationals should present the following:

A. Valid and existing special visas including:

  • The Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV). SIRV entitles the holder to reside in the Philippines for an indefinite period as long as the required qualifications and investments are maintained.

B. Pre-booked accredited quarantine facility

C. Pre-booked Covid-19 testing center

D. Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers as set by the government

For more information or assistance, you can visit Bureau of Immigration’s Facebook page or you can talk to a dedicated BOI Investments Specialist today for more information by booking an appointment with us.  

Travel ban endorsement  for businesses

For foreign nationals that are not covered in the travel ban exemption to the Philippines can now be granted travel exemption to the country on a case-by-case basis, on strict conditions. The company must be in either the manufacturing or exporting sector, or be involved in the trading and retail of essential goods. Travel must be deemed essential to business operations.

Decisions on exemptions are made by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). However, BOI can provide endorsements of company wishing for their foreign national workers to travel to the Philippines on essential business, provided it meets the aforementioned criteria.

Requesting companies should submit a letter request addressed to the DTI OUIDTPG Undersecretary Ceferino S. Rodolfo (thru email: dti.travelexemption@boi.gov.ph) detailing the company’s operations, reason for entry and the list of foreign nationals to be requested for travel ban exemption. The following documents should be attached to the letter request:

1. Accomplished information form. Please get your form here.

2. Scanned passports (bio page) and visas

3. Proof of employment (copy of contract for newly hired and incoming officials)/service agreement

4. SEC registration and latest general information sheet (for existing companies)

5. Business permit

6. Other documents that the evacuator may request for verification purposes

Upon endorsement, processing at the DFA takes about a week, if the reason for travel ban exemption is justifiable and documents are complete.

Any foreign national entering the Philippines is required to show pre-book quarantine and testing facilities upon entry.

The company must be in either the manufacturing or exporting sector, or be involved in the trading and retail of essential goods or registered with the BOI.

To learn more on this advisory click here or book an appointment with one of BOI’s Investment Specialist for further assistance.

Social Amelioration Program (SAP)

The government is providing unemployment or involuntary separation assistance from 5,000 to 8,000 for displaced workers due to Covid-19 pandemic. Probationary, seasonal, contractual and casual workers under private health firms, creatives industries, construction, public transportation, trade industries, cooperatives and other industries identified by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) may apply.

Tax exemptions for frontline healthcare workers

Under the Bayanihan 2, special risk allowances, actual hazard duty pay for frontline healthcare workers, and compensation to health workers who have contracted Covid-19 in the line of duty are exempted from tax.

Scholarship programs for displaced workers

The Technical Educational Skills Development Authority (TESDA) offers various scholarship programs for displaced Filipino workers. These programs aim to help you navigate the job market, especially in-demand jobs post-COVID, under the “new normal.” Interested? You may apply here.

Workplace guidance

Detailed guidance on how to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection in the workplace can be found in our Business Continuity Plan. Among other items, this plan covers:

  • Personal hygiene, including on entry and exit from the building
  • Protocols around the organisation of meetings
  • Protocol on medical action in the case of suspected Covid-19 infection

Workplace posters on promoting hygiene – which you can print off and use around your business – are available here.

If you need any further help related to information on this page, please let us know. You can talk to a dedicated BOI Investments Specialist today by booking an appointment with us.