COVID19 UPDATES

The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney reminds all Filipinos in New South Wales (NSW) and in other states and territories of Australia to keep themselves apprised and updated of the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alerts, travel advice/restrictions, news and important information.

LATEST COVID-19 NEWS AND UPDATES

For latest COVID-19 news and updates in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, please visit:

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates

For latest COVID-19 news and updates in the Philippines, please visit https://www.covid19.gov.ph/

 

COVID19 FAQS

IS TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIA ALLOWED?

You cannot come to Australia unless you are in an exempt category or you have been granted an individual exemption to the current travel restrictions. Please visit https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions-0 for complete information.

According to the Australian Department of Home Affairs, very limited flights are currently available to and from Australia and you may not be able to travel at this time. All travelers arriving in Australia, including Australian citizens, must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility, such as a hotel in their port of arrival. 

ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS FOR FILIPINOS TO DEPART SYDNEY OR AUSTRALIA? WHAT ABOUT DUAL CITIZENS? WHAT ABOUT PERMANENT RESIDENTS?

Per Australia Department of Home Affairs, due to the current COVID-19 situation in Australia, international visitors are encouraged to return to their home country when possible to do so. Temporary visa holders should be aware that if they wish to return to Australia while COVID-19 restrictions are in place, they will generally need a travel exemption. Temporary visa holders impacted by COVID-19 can make arrangements to return to their home country, if border restrictions in that country allow.


Temporary visa holders do not need an exemption to depart Australia. They can leave at any time, as long as border restrictions in their home country allow them to return. Please visit https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/leaving-australia for complete information.


Note: Australian citizens and permanent residents cannot travel overseas due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Dual nationals, or foreign nationals with permanent residency status in Australia, need to secure an exemption from the ABF Commissioner before they can leave Australia, even if using the passport of their other nationality.  Individuals can apply online for an exemption on the Department of Home Affairs website: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form.

ARE THERE FLIGHTS TO THE PHILIPPINES? IS THERE A REQUIRED REFERRAL OR ENDORSEMENT FROM THE CONSULATE?

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has been operating special Sydney-Manila flights approximately twice a month since April 2020.  Registration and booking are done directly through PAL and there is no required endorsement or referral from the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney or another Philippine Embassy/Consulate.  Please monitor https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineAirlinesAustralia/ for updates and registration links for subsequent flights.


Non-direct flight options from Sydney to Manila are also available on other airlines including Cathay Pacific, Malaysian Airlines, Singapore Airlines and All Nippon Airways.  Please visit the respective websites of the airlines for information on their scheduled flights as well as any restrictions with respect to transit destinations.      

Approved Quarantine Facilities

All travelers arriving in Manila are required to undergo quarantine in a Government-approved facility while waiting for the test results.

Travelers are advised to book in advance to avoid inconvenience.

For the full list of Government approved quarantine facilities, please visit to http://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/facilities-inspected-as-of-july-30-2020/.

HOW TO EXTEND YOUR AUSTRALIAN VISA IF YOU DECIDE TO STAY LONGER?

If you are a Filipino who has an expiring Australian visa, the Department of Home Affairs of Australia has advised that you must apply for a new visa if you want to stay longer.


Please follow this link for detailed information/procedure as provided by Australia’s Department of Home Affairs:


https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/visa-about-to-expire/stay-longer


If you have other visa-related queries, you may get in touch with Australia’s Department of Home Affairs directly through the contact details provided in this link:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/contact-us

IS THERE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR OFWS WHOSE EMPLOYMENT IS AFFECTED BY COVID19?

For OFWs whose employment were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and/or other employment related concerns including assistance under the DOLE-AKAP program, please contact the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) Canberra through poloaustralia@philembassy.org.au and (02) 6273 8882.  

Based on the guidelines (read here), the coverage includes holders of visa sub classes 457, 482 and 489. Please refer to POLO Canberra Advisory on Provision of financial assistance to landbased and sea-based Filipino workers due to COVID19. (read here).

WHAT IS THE ADVICE OR ASSISTANCE FOR FILIPINO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN NSW WHO ARE AFFECTED BY COVID19?

PCG Sydney shares the advisory from the Philippine Embassy in Canberra which continues to be applicable and appropriate:


The Philippine Embassy in Canberra understands the difficulties Filipino students are facing in Australia as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Embassy has elevated these concerns to relevant authorities in the Philippines. Given the prolonged impact of this crisis, the Embassy encourages students to carefully re-evaluate their situation and be open to considering going home when conditions warrant so that they will have the security from family and from all the branches and services of the Philippine government.


If students choose to stay, please undertake all necessary precautions, stay in a safe location, regularly inform schools of your condition, and comply with current government regulations on preventing the spread of the virus.


The Philippine Embassy in Canberra shares the following information provided by relevant Australian Government agencies on support for international students.

  1. For questions on your visa, contact the Department of Home Affairs and visit https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/

  2. For concerns on enrolment, fees or other issues related to your studies, contact your education provider. If your education provider cannot assist, contact the Department of Education, Skills and Employment at (+61) 1300 981 621 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday AEDT, except public holidays or email international.students@dese.gov.au.

  3. For mental well-being support, international students can access support through Lifeline Australia (13 11 14), Youth Beyond Blue (1300 224 636) and Headspace (1800 650 890).

  4. Monitor www.australia.gov.au on further government advice including the announcement that evictions will be put on hold for 6 months by the states and territories.


Further information is available in
https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/English/student-support


For consular and assistance to nationals queries for the Philippine Embassy in Canberra, call (02) 6273-2535 loc 231, loc 259 and loc 233 from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday AEDT, except public holidays or call +61408735383.


The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney may be reached at sydney.pcg@dfa.gov.ph.


The Philippine Consulate General in Melbourne may be reached at melbourne.pcg@dfa.gov.ph. END

ARE THERE COMMUNITY BASED SOURCES FOR ASSISTANCE FOR FILIPINOS IN NSW?

The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney lauds the various Filipino community initiatives to help Filipinos in need during the COVID19 pandemic. 


We commend the generosity of the following Filipino stores and restaurants: Panlasang Pinoy, Kapamilya Shop, Mama Lor Restaurant and Bakery, Supersave Convenience Store and Kapamilya Shop for distributing food packs and grocery bags to Pinoy International students who lost their jobs recently. We also laud the initiatives of the Association of Pinoy Students in Australia (APSA) for its Feed a Student program, The Hapi Team for its Share a Meal program and Mr. Vincent Migs Villanueva for his facebook fundraising campaign for international students, and the Filipino Student Council of New South Wales. 


Filipino Temporary Visa holders seeking immediate help may continue to contact the following organizations:


Share a Meal : Adopt a 457 Worker/Student

Contact details: Ms. Benjie de Ubago and Mr. Mao De Vera

The Hapi Team: 0434 516 734; 0411 262 434; 0402 352 853


Appeal for Pinoy Sydney-based International Students

Contact details: Facebook page (FB page) of Mr. Vincent Migs Villanueva 


Feed-A-Student Program/ Adopt a Student Program

Organized by the Association of Pinoy Students in Australia led by Ms. Vida Aquino Fernandez.

Contact details: FB page of Association of Pinoy Students in Australia (APSA), Ms. Vida Aquino Fernandez


Filipino Student Council of NSW – Support a student program (check their FB page)


For mental health and safety, international students can contact support through Lifeline Australia (13 11 14), Youth Beyond Blue (1300 224 636) and Mensline (1300 78 99 78).

  

PCG Sydney urges everyone in New South Wales to take precautionary measures, #StayAtHome #StaySafe and #stayhealthy.END

HOW TO CONTACT THE CONSULATE OR EMBASSY DURING AN EMERGENCY?

The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney provides assistance to Filipinos in urgent distress or emergency situations which are evaluated on a case-to-case basis and upon approval by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.

If you are now facing an emergency, please call ATN Hotline:

Philippine Consulate General in Sydney   - 0450 713232 (if you are from NSW)

Philippine Embassy in Canberra              - 0408 735383 (if you are from ACT)

Philippine Consulate General in Melbourne - 0426 561217 (if you are from Victoria)

OTHER THAN FILIPINOS, CAN OTHER CITIZENS TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES? IS THE CONSULATE ISSUING VISAS? WHAT ABOUT VISAS ON ARRIVAL?

Visa applications for regular tourists are suspended.  Visas on arrival are also suspended, and every non-Filipino passport holder is required to possess a valid entry visa and supporting documents.

As of 01 August 2020, the following travelers shall be allowed entry to the Philippines:

  1. Filipinos, and foreign spouse and minor children of Filipinos*

  2. Children with special needs (regardless of age) of Filipinos*

  3. Foreign parent of minor Filipinos*

  4. Foreign parent of children with special needs (regardless of age) of Filipinos*

  5. Accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents*

  6. Foreign airline crew members

  7. Foreign seafarers with 9(c) visa*

  8. Foreign nationals with the following (existing) long-term visas:*

    • Section 13 series Commonwealth Act [CA] 613), as amended, includes:  13 Quota, 13(a), 13(b), 13(c), 13(d), 13(e), 13(g) visas

    • Republic Act [RA] 7919 visas (granted through the Social Integration Program)

    • Executive Order [EO] 324 visas

    • Native Born Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13c [for foreigners born in the Philippines with at least 1 Permanent Resident parent]);

    • Temporary Resident Visa relative to Sec 13 of CA613, as amended (based on MO No. ADD-01-038/ADD-02-015 [Indian nationals])

    • MCL-07-021 Permanent Resident Visa based on Section 13(a) of CA 613 under MO No MCL-07-021 [Chinese nationals]

*Upon compliance with following Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) conditions:

  • Must have a valid and existing visa at the time of entry;

  • Must have pre-booked with an accredited quarantine facility;

  • Must have pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider; and,

  • Will be subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers as set by the COVID-19 National Task Force.


FOR UPDATES EFFECTIVE 07 DECEMBER, PLEASE VISIT OUR VISA PAGE 

FOR THOSE QUALIFIED TO TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES, WHAT ARE THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS REQUIRED IN ADDITION TO A 9A VISA


Supporting documents depend on the category of the qualified individual, and are stated below:

Foreign spouses of Filipino nationals

  • Proof of relationship such as a Marriage Certificate; and

  • Proof of spouse’s Philippine citizenship.


Children (18 years old and below) of Filipino nationals, including children with special needs (no age limit)

  • Proof of relationship with the parent such as a PSA-issued birth certificate;

  • Proof of parents’ Philippine citizenship; and

  • For children with special needs, a medical certificate stating the child’s condition.


Foreign parents of Filipino minor children (18 years old and below); Foreign parents of children with special needs (no age limit)

  • Proof of relationship with child such as a birth certificate;

  • Proof of the child’s Philippine citizenship; and

  • For parents of children with special needs, a medical certificate stating the child’s condition.


Foreign partners of pregnant Filipino citizens

  • Medical Certificate;

  • Duly notarized Affidavit (click here for sample affidavit) executed by the foreign national stating that he is the partner of the pregnant Filipino national (and father of the unborn child), and that they have been in relationship even before the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • Other documentary proof establishing the relationship between the foreign national and the pregnant Filipino national; and

  • Documentary proof on the citizenship of the pregnant Filipino national.

FOR THOSE QUALIFIED TO TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES, WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE TO APPLY FOR AN ENTRY VISA?

For the list of standard visa requirements, please visit our visa page


 All visa applications and supporting documents should be mailed to:

Philippine Consulate General in Sydney

Attention: Visa Section

Level 1, Philippine Centre

27-33 Wentworth Avenue

Sydney, NSW 2000


For inquiries, please send an email to: sydney.pcg@dfa.gov.ph and/or maybel.marinay@dfa.gov.ph


Those who wish to get in touch with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration may do so through any of their contacts listed in http://www.immigration.gov.ph/ or visit their official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/immigration.helpline.ph/

 

KEY SOURCES OF INFORMATION

DFAT TRAVEL ADVICE

DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS / AUSTRALIAN BORDER FORCE

AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

HEALTH ALERTS

HEALTH RESOURCES

 

OUR EMERGENCY HOTLINE
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27-33 Wentworth Avenue
Sydney, NSW 2000
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