In its Press Release dated August 8, 2020, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that foreigners married to Filipino or have Filipino dependents may enter the Philippines as long as they have a valid Philippine visa.

In the Bureau’s Facebook page post on August 14, 2020, BI’s Commissioner Jaime H. Morente cited an example of a scenario wherein the new update applies: “For example, a holder of a 9(g) working visa or a Special Retiree’s Resident Visa (SRRV) can enter the country if he or she is married to a Filipino.”

However, foreign nationals with valid visas but with expired ACR I-Cards shall not be allowed to enter the Philippines. While for most visas issued with ACR I-Cards, the I-Card’s validity is co-terminus with the visa’s validity period, this is not the case for permanent resident visas such as the 13-series visas. For permanent visas, the I-Card has to be renewed every five (5) years.