Philippines visa Extensions during COVID-19

Philippine Visas may not need renewing until after the COVID-19 emergency is over.

Philippine Immigration Advisory to the Public


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All aliens whose visa will expire during the duration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine shall be allowed to file their application within thirty (30) days from the lifting of the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

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  2. Hi,Im Karl Magne Johnsen,from Norway,and i have been here in Balao,Barili, seens 11.january,and i have my wisa in 6 mounts,and its expire at 10.september.I have tryed to get flights to Norway,before my wisa expire, but all flights is cancel.Is imigration office open in cebu in september? can i waith until this covid 19 is over,before i go and get new wisa? I dont knowe when i get flight to Norway,its coz of this corona. I have my wife and our son,7 mounths also here in Balao.

    Regards karl magne Johnsen.

    1. Have you tried ringing the BoI?

      The information that I have seen is:

      According to Morente, the Bureau will also no longer require departing aliens with approved and implemented visas to secure an ACR I-Card waiver order.

      Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente issued a directive allowing foreigners with visas approved by the BI to leave the country before they could be issued their alien certificate of registration identity card (ACR I-Card). But, you do need the receipt for payment of the ACR and ECC.

      The BI further advised departing aliens under tourist visa, who overstayed in the country for not
      more than six months, to just pay their visa extension fees at the airport.

      “Unlike domestic flights which are suspended under MECQ, international flights at our airports in Manila, Cebu and Clark continue.”

      “the following transactions at the main office are suspended: –
      – tourist visa extension;
      – renewal of alien certificate of registration (ACR I-Cards);
      – implementation of applications for visa conversion or extension approved by the Bureau’s Board of Commissioners (BOC).

      It looks very confusing.

      It might be worth ringing the airline, and ask them what happens at the airport in your situation.

      It does not help that Monday is a holiday..

      PUBLIC ADVISORY

      The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is temporarily suspending operations on all BI offices and subports on Monday, 31 August 2020, as per Republic Act No. 9492 declaring it as Araw ng mga Bayani, a national holiday.

      Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, 01 September 2020.

      For your queries, requests for clarification, and other concerns, you may contact us at:

      Hotline Numbers
      (63)(2) 8465-2400 (Trunkline)
      (63)(2) 8524-3769

      E-mail Messaging Unit
      xinfo@immigration.gov.ph
      binoc_immigration@hotmail.ph
      immigPH@gmail.com
      immigration.helpline.ph@gmail.com

      Press Release 30 August 2020
      Foreigners Leaving Philippines.

  3. Hello. My visa ran out during quarantine. I want to extend it but am in Oroquieta, Mindanao and no flights are going from Ozamis to either Cebu or Manila. I understand also no boats are going.I also need to renew my ACR card. How can I when I cannot get there? I want to extend for 6 months. I have already been in Philippines over 2 years. Thank you.
    Barbara Wilkinson

    1. April 24, 2020 the Enhanced Community Quarantine was extended Until May 15.

      May 13, 2020
      Philippine government places high risk areas including Metro Manila, Cebu city, and Laguna province under modified enhanced community quarantine from May 16.

      Tuesday, June 16 2020:
      The General Community Quarantine (GCQ) for Metro Manila was extended to Tuesday, June 30.
      The GCQ for Cebu City was upgraded to an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

      https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1105983

      GCQ and ECQ Guidelines: https://www.covid19.gov.ph/ecq-gcq-guidelines/

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