Immigration weekly update: April 22, 2021

Global immigration updates for India, Japan and Philippines


India: E-Visas

The e-Visa under the categories of e-Business Visa, e-Medical Visa, e-Medical Attendant Visa and e-Conference Visa has been restored with immediate effect. Countries whose nationals are eligible for e-Visa facility are listed here. However, the e-Visa under the Tourist category is currently suspended until further notice.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Times Travel.

Japan: Coronavirus update

Due to coronavirus variants, Japan is currently facing a resurgence in infections. Tokyo and five other prefectures are currently under intensive Covid-19 infection prevention. The border is still closed for all new foreign national arrivals unless special exceptional circumstances are found.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Japan Times.

Philippines: Travel restrictions extended

The Bureau of Immigration has extended the travel restriction pursuant to “Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution No. 110 Series of 2021” until April 30, 2021. Allowing entry to the Philippines for the following individuals:

  • All arriving Filipino nationals.
  • Foreign nationals with a valid visa at the time of entry and whom meet the following requirements:
    • Diplomats and members of international organizations and their dependents:
    • 9(e) or 47(a)(2) visas.
  • Foreign nationals involved in medical repatriation:
    • Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) endorsement.
    • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) endorsement.
    • Valid visa.
  • Foreign Seafarers under the “Green Lanes” Program:
    • 9(c) visas for crew change.
  • Foreign parents, spouses and children of Filipino nationals must travel with the Filipino national and have a valid visa.
  • Emergency, humanitarian and other analogous cases:
    • Approved by Chairperson, National Task Force (NTF) Covid-19 or representative.
    • Valid visa.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Bureau of Immigration.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Debra Jane Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager (APAC).

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