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March 6, 2024

Philippines no longer requires medical clearance certificates for certain visa applications

The Philippines Bureau of Immigration recently announced that nationals of 52 countries are no longer required to obtain a medical clearance certificate from the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) as part of certain visa application processes. Effective 1 February 2024, nationals of the following countries who seek to apply for Immigrant, Non-immigrant or Special Visas are exempt from the requirement to obtain a medical clearance certificate from the BOQ: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Venezuela and Vietnam.

A Tax Alert prepared by EY's People Advisory Services group, and attached below, provides additional details.

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