PH citizens' foreign spouses, kids from visa-free countries among exempted from return ticket requirement

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 10) — The Philippines will no longer require the foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens to possess return tickets not later than 30 days from their arrival in the country, Malacañang announced Thursday.

Acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said the requirement no longer applies to former Filipino citizens with balikbayan privilege and their foreign spouses and children.

Foreign nationals from visa-free countries intending to stay in the Philippines beyond 30 days for purposes other than tourism or leisure may also enter the country through an exemption document issued in line with current rules and regulations, he added.

Foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens not hailing from visa-free countries may also enter the Philippines without an entry exemption document “provided they have been issued a 9(a) visa with the appropriate visa notation.”

Unless they are below 12 years old, travelers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. They must also present acceptable COVID-19 vaccination proof along with a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure from country of origin.

The Philippines reopened its borders to tourism and business travel on Thursday, Feb. 10.