The Philippine government lifted its travel ban on countries1 with confirmed cases of the new COVID-19 variants effective 1 February 2021. Foreign nationals with falling in a number of listed visa categories shall be allowed to enter the Philippines.
The Philippine government lifted its travel ban on countries1 with confirmed cases of the new COVID-19 variants effective 1 February 2021.
The lifting of the expanded travel ban will allow foreign nationals coming from these countries to enter the Philippines subject to holding certain visa categories and other conditions. Employers may resume their international travel plans for their foreign national employees working in the Philippines.
This advisory will help with companies’ cross-border planning and assessment of the potential tax and immigration risks related to foreign nationals with Philippine assignments but working remotely in other countries due to the travel ban.
Foreign nationals with the following visa categories shall be allowed to enter the Philippines:2
Foreign nationals with pre-arranged employment in the Philippines who have an urgent and essential need to enter the country but do not fall under any of the categories mentioned in the list above may request a recommendation letter indicating they are exempt from the current restrictions from the Department of Foreign Affairs through the endorsement of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), Department of Transportation (DOTr), or other national government agencies or instrumentalities.
Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration services. However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.
The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in the Philippines.
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