COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last Reviewed:  01/26/2022 All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Absentee Voting Forum on February 4, 2022 

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines  U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  January 26, 2022  Message for U.S. Citizens:  Absentee Voting Forum on February 4, 2022  Interested in voting in U.S. elections while overseas?  Please join us for a virtual forum on absentee voting with a representative from the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) on Friday, February 4, ... Read More»

Weather Alert: Severe Storm Update (Typhoon Odette/Rai)

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines   January 25, 2022 Weather Alert:  Severe Storm Update (Typhoon Odette/Rai) Location:  Visayas, Mindanao, and Palawan, Philippines Event:  Typhoon Odette (Rai) – U.S. government personnel to continue to defer non-essential travel to affected regions through February 8, 2022 Disruptions to supplies of food, water, electricity, and communication and transportation ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) Visa Appointments through February 18, 2022

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through February 18, 2022 in response to the recent sharp increase in COVID-19 infections in the country and the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the pandemic. Applicants can only reschedule their canceled visa interview once routine business and tourism ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Voting in the 2022 U.S. Elections 

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines   U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  January 20, 2022  Message for U.S. Citizens:  Voting in the 2022 U.S. Elections  Registering to vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world!  Start by confirming your voter registration with your state. Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you ... Read More»

Health Alert:  Increase in Travel Advisory to Level 3 (Reconsider Travel)    

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines  U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines    January 19, 2022   Health Alert:  Increase in Travel Advisory to Level 3 (Reconsider Travel)     Location:  Philippines, countrywide  Event:  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of State have raised their travel advisories to Level 3 for the Philippines.  For Level 3 destinations, the CDC recommends that travelers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and that unvaccinated ... Read More»

Weather Alert:  Severe Storm Update (Typhoon Odette/Rai)  

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines   January 18, 2022 Weather Alert:  Severe Storm Update (Typhoon Odette/Rai)  Location:  Visayas, Mindanao, and Palawan, Philippines Event:  Typhoon Odette (Rai) – U.S. government personnel to continue to defer non-essential travel to affected regions through January 25, 2022 Disruptions to supplies of food, water, electricity, and communication and transportation infrastructure continue as a result of Typhoon Odette (Rai).  Hospital services continue to be inaccessible or limited ... Read More»

Health Alert: Embassy to reschedule U.S. passport and Consular Report of Birth appointments through January 31, 2022

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  January 12, 2022 Health Alert:  Embassy to reschedule U.S. passport and Consular Report of Birth appointments through January 31, 2022 Location:  Philippines Event:  To ensure the health and safety of our clients and our staff, the U.S. Embassy in Manila is canceling all non-emergency appointments for ... Read More»

Health Alert:  Embassy to reschedule U.S. passport and Consular Report of Birth appointments

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  January 10, 2022 Health Alert:  Embassy to reschedule U.S. passport and Consular Report of Birth appointments January 11-14, 2022   Location:  Philippines Event:  To ensure the health and safety of our clients and our staff, the U.S. Embassy in Manila is canceling all non-emergency appointments for U.S. passports ... Read More»

U.S. Provides 2.7 Million More Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines to the Philippines

Manila, January 10, 2022—The United States, in partnership with the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, donated an additional 2,703,870 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines as part of its relentless worldwide effort to help end COVID-19, particularly amid the threat of the Omicron variant.  The vaccines, which arrived in Manila on ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) Visa Appointments through January 31, 2022

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through January 31, 2022 in response to the recent sharp increase in COVID-19 infections in the country and the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the pandemic.   Applicants can only reschedule their canceled visa interview once routine business and tourism (B1/B2) visa services resume by contacting the Embassy call center at (+632) 7792-8988 ... Read More»

Health Alert:  Availability of COVID-19 Tests and Results

Health Alert:  Availability of COVID-19 Tests and Results Location:  Philippines Event:  Availability of COVID-19 antigen and RT-PCR tests may be limited, and test results may be delayed, because of an increase in demand for COVID-19 testing. Testing capacity and the ability to provide timely results prior to travel may be constrained in certain locations in ... Read More»

Weather Alert:  Severe Storm Update (Typhoon Odette/Rai)

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  January 4, 2022 Weather Alert:  Severe Storm Update (Typhoon Odette/Rai)   Location:  Visayas, Mindanao, and Palawan, Philippines Event:  Typhoon Odette (Rai) – U.S. government personnel to continue to defer non-essential travel to affected regions Disruptions to supplies of food, water, electricity, and communication and transportation infrastructure continue as ... Read More»

U.S. Military Holds Tactical Combat Casualty Training in Palawan, Zambales

Manila, January 4, 2022—The U.S. Civil-Military Support Element-Philippines (CMSE-PHL) recently conducted Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Medical First Responder training with the Philippine Coast Guard-Special Operations Group (PCG-SOG) in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) and Bantay Dagat in Iba, Zambales to support their maritime search and rescue and law enforcement missions.  Read More»

Five Local Innovations Win Awards in 2021 Philippine Water Challenge

Manila, January 3, 2022—The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently joined representatives from the Philippine government, the Embassy of Israel in the Philippines, and the private sector to announce the five winners of the inaugural Philippine Water Challenge (PhlWC), a platform to generate solutions, support improvements, and expand innovations in the country’s water and ... Read More»

U.S. Assistance for Typhoon Odette Tops Php1 Billion with New Major Announcement

Manila, December 29, 2021—The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is allocating an additional Php950 million ($19 million) in humanitarian assistance to help communities affected by Typhoon Odette, bringing total U.S. support for this response to more than Php1 billion ($20.2 million).  With this assistance, USAID will provide food aid; ... Read More»

Visa Update: Expansion of Interview Waiver Eligibility for Certain Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Applicants

The Department of State has extended the expiration period requirement for interview waiver for B1/B2 and F,M, and J nonimmigrant visas to 48 months until further notice. This policy is applicable for applicants renewing their nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines may waive the visa interview requirement for a ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Additional Php 50 million for Typhoon Odette Emergency Response

Manila, December 27, 2021— The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional Php 50 million ($1 million) to support communities affected by Typhoon Odette.   Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S. Typhoon Odette (Rai) Assistance to the Philippines

The U.S. government and ​U.S. companies continue to support our Philippine #FriendsPartnersAllies in providing relief to those affected by Typhoon Odette, internationally known as Super Typhoon Rai. Since 2010, USAID has provided over Php17 billion ($340 million) in disaster relief and recovery aid and boosted the disaster risk reduction capacity of more than 100 cities and ... Read More»

Weather Alert:  Severe Storm Update (Typhoon Odette/Rai)

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  December 23, 2021 Weather Alert:  Severe Storm Update (Typhoon Odette/Rai) Location:  Visayas and Mindanao, Philippines Event:  Typhoon Odette (Rai) – Telephone and email outages continue at the Consular Agency in Cebu Intermittent telephone and email outages continue at the Consular Agency in Cebu as a result of ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Php10 Million in Relief  to Communities Affected by Typhoon Odette

Manila, December 22, 2021—The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing Php10 million ($200,000) in immediate assistance to support communities devastated by Typhoon Odette, internationally known as Super Typhoon Rai.  Read More»

Weather Alert: Severe Storm Update (Typhoon Odette/Rai): U.S. government personnel to defer non-essential travel to affected regions

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  December 21, 2021 Weather Alert:  Severe Storm Update (Typhoon Odette/Rai)  U.S. government personnel to defer non-essential travel to affected regions   Location:  Visayas and Mindanao, Philippines Event:  Typhoon Odette (Rai) – U.S. government personnel to defer non-essential travel to affected regions Disruptions to supplies of food, water, electricity, ... Read More»

Weather Alert:  Impacts of Typhoon Odette (Rai) 

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  December 21, 2021 Weather Alert:  Impacts of Typhoon Odette (Rai)  Location:  Visayas and Mindanao, Philippines Event:  Impacts of Typhoon Odette (Rai) We are monitoring the continued impacts of Typhoon Odette (Rai), which damaged communications, transportation, and utilities (electricity and water) infrastructure across the central islands of ... Read More»

U.S. Donates Additional 3.4 Million Pfizer Vaccines to the Philippines

Manila, December 21, 2021—The United States, in partnership with the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, donated an additional 3,400,020 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines as part of its continuing worldwide effort to help end COVID-19.  Read More»

Weather Alert:  Severe Storm Update (Typhoon Odette/Rai)

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  December 20, 2021 Weather Alert:  Severe Storm Update (Typhoon Odette/Rai) Location:  Visayas and Mindanao, Philippines Event:  Typhoon Odette (Rai) U.S. citizens should be prepared for continued impacts from Typhoon Odette (Rai), which damaged communications, transportation, and utility (electricity and water) infrastructure across the central islands of ... Read More»

Weather Alert:  Severe Storm Update (Typhoon Odette/Rai)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines Weather Alert:  Severe Storm Update (Typhoon Odette/Rai) December 17, 2021 Location: Visayas and surroundings areas, Philippines Event: Typhoon Odette (Rai) There is severe damage across the Visayas region from Typhoon Odette (Rai).  While no areas remain under Signal No. 4, Signal Nos. 1 to ... Read More»

U.S. Military Turns Over Boat Facility in Zamboanga

Manila, December 17, 2021—Representatives from the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG)-Philippines recently attended the turnover ceremony for a newly constructed boat repair and maintenance facility at Naval Station Rio Hondo in Zamboanga City.  Read More»

Weather Alert: Mactan-Cebu International Airport Closure

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines Weather Alert: Mactan-Cebu International Airport Closure December 17, 2021 Location: Cebu, Philippines Event:  Suspended Operations and Cancelled Flights at Mactan-Cebu International Airport On Thursday evening, December 16, 2021, operations at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) were suspended until further notice due to the damage caused ... Read More»

Weather Alert: Severe Storm – Precautionary Measures

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines Weather Alert: Severe Storm – Precautionary Measures December 16, 2021 Location: The Philippines Event: Severe Storms – Precautionary Measures Typhoon “RAI” with local name “ODETTE” is currently in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). It is expected to continue intensifying until it makes landfall this afternoon, ... Read More»

United States Donates Distance Learning Equipment to Cagayan de Oro City’s e-Skwela Center

Manila, December 16, 2021—On December 15, the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), handed over Php2.2 million ($44,000) worth of distance learning equipment to support Cagayan de Oro City’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) e-Skwela Center.  Included in the equipment donation were 50 desktop computers, webcams, headphones, wireless routers, and other materials for distance ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Opens Applications for 2022 YSEALI Workshop on Civic Education for Good Governance

Manila, December 16, 2021—In support of the recently concluded Summit for Democracy, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and U.S.-based implementing partner Cultural Vistas launched on December 15 a call for applications for the 2022 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Regional Workshop: Guardians of Good Governance.  This workshop will be held in Manila from July 6-10, 2022 and ... Read More»

United States Supports Anti-Corruption Forum for Law Enforcement and Justice Sectors

Manila, December 15, 2021—On December 13, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) sponsored a daylong forum to examine challenges in implementing measures to fight corruption within the Philippine law enforcement and justice sectors. Organized by nongovernment organization The Asia Foundation to commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day, the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines Launches Online Auction

From December 8 to December 29, 2021, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ new Online Auction platform is selling U.S. government surplus property such as furniture, appliances, vehicles, IT equipment, electronics, shipping containers, and more. More information including photos and details of the items being auctioned can be found on the auction website. Winning bidders ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Voting in Upcoming Special Congressional Election and Primary Election

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines  U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines   December 14, 2021 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Voting in Upcoming Special Congressional Election and Primary Election The following states have elections for federal office in the next 90 days: January 11, 2022:  Florida Special General Election in U.S. Congressional District 20 March 1, 2022:  Texas Primary Election The ... Read More»

USAID, DepEd Pursue High-Quality Early Grade Learning through Evidence-Based Literacy Leadership

Manila, December 14, 2021—From December 8 to 10, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the National Educators Academy of the Philippines to hold a virtual conference showcasing nearly 400 innovative projects from educators in Bicol and the Western Visayas that focused on strengthening early grade ... Read More»

USAID, Partners Install 100 Toilets to Promote Household Sanitation, Environmental Protection

Manila, December 9, 2021—Through an innovative funding program, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its partners installed 100 sanitary toilets that will benefit 500 people in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, and Alabel, Sarangani.  USAID and its partners celebrated the completion of the project at ceremonies held in Alabel on December 3 and Sagay City on December 6.  USAID worked ... Read More»

USTDA Helps Advance Smart’s 5G Deployment in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines—Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) for training to advance Smart’s plan to expand 5G services to 96 percent of the country’s population. USTDA made the award to support Smart’s investment in equipment and services from Cisco Systems, Inc.  “This grant demonstrates USTDA’s commitment to supporting cutting-edge information and communications technology infrastructure in the Philippines, while promoting innovative solutions from U.S. companies,” said Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally (ret.), USTDA’s Acting Director. “We are ... Read More»

U.S. Peace Corps, DSWD Train Youth Leaders to Get Out-of-School Peers Back to School

Manila, December 8, 2021—On December 3, the U.S. Peace Corps and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) marked the conclusion of the Training of Trainers for Regional Youth Development Sessions held over the past three weeks. The training taught 60 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) youth leaders and beneficiaries how to encourage their ... Read More»

Health Alert – New, One-Day Testing Requirement for Entry into the United States – December 4, 2021

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Phippines December 4, 2021 Health Alert – New, One-Day Testing Requirement for Entry into the United States  Location:  Philippines, countrywide Event:  On December 6, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to ... Read More»

United States Hands Over COVID-19 Response Equipment to Davao City, Meets with Local Partners

Davao City, December 3, 2021—Today, the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Defense (DOD), delivered close to Php26.4 million ($528,000) worth of medical supplies and resources to bolster Davao City’s COVID-19 response.  Read More»

Health Alert

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines December 2, 2021 Health Alert Location:  Philippines Event:  On November 26, the White House announced a travel restriction for certain travelers physically present within the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, ... Read More»

United States Establishes Php800-Million Environmental Conservation Fund for Civil Society Organizations in the Philippines

Manila, November 26, 2021—The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), established a five-year, Php800-million ($16 million) grant facility to help civil society organizations implement biodiversity conservation, wildlife protection, natural resource management, and local climate actions in the Philippines.  Read More»

Philippine Official Visits U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Highlights Robust Partnership

Washington, D.C., November 24, 2021—On November 17, Philippine Deputy Executive Secretary Alberto Bernardo met with U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Director Robert S. Pope to discuss current and future projects taking place in the Philippines as well as illicit shipping throughout the Philippines’ maritime territory.  Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Enroll or update your information in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines November 24, 2021 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Enroll or update your information in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) The U.S. Embassy in Manila is conducting an annual verification of enrollments in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP .  Please  log in  to your STEP account to verify that your profile, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches ‘Ako ang Saklay’ Livelihood Program for Persons Overcoming Substance Use Disorder

Manila, November 24, 2021—On November 22, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines partnered with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to launch the “Ako ang Saklay” livelihood program for those recovering from substance use disorder.  The Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is providing PhP5 million ($100,000) to support this ... Read More»

U.S., Global Partner Donate Tools to Improve TB Service

Manila, November 24, 2021—The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Stop TB Partnership, donated a package of new tools to support better tuberculosis (TB) services in the Philippines.  United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) ad interim Heather Variava handed over the diagnostic equipment and anti-TB medicines to the Department of Health (DOH), represented by ... Read More»

USAID Launches Two Activities to Support Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in the Philippines

Manila, November 22, 2021—The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently launched two new activities to support micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines as part of Philippine Startup Week and the continuing celebrations of USAID’s 60th anniversary.  Read More»

USAID, The Asia Foundation Launch Inaugural National Youth Leaders’ Summit

Manila, November 22, 2021—On November 19 and 20, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Asia Foundation, through the Youth Leadership for Democracy (YouthLed) project, held the inaugural National Youth Leaders’ Summit.  During the summit, more than 1,000 youth leaders from across the country heard from subject matter experts about the merits ... Read More»

U.S. Supports West Philippine Sea-Based Local Governments’ Alliance for Food Security Conference

Manila, November 19, 2021—From November 17 to 19, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) sponsored a three-day virtual conference focused on building a local government unit alliance for food security in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) area.   The conference, held with support from the U.S. Department of the Interior and ... Read More»

USAID Study Shows Upskilling Out-of-School Youth Will Help PH Economy Thrive Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Manila, November 18, 2021—Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released a study showing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Filipino out-of-school youth.  USAID Philippines Acting Mission Director Sean Callahan joined Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Secretary Isidro Lapeña, Assistant Secretary for Alternative Learning ... Read More»

Philippines Wins First-Ever Award at State Department’s GIST Catalyst Pitch Competition

  Manila, November 16, 2021—On November 9, Philippine-based startup Galansiyang won the U.S. Department of State’s 2021 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Catalyst Pitch Competition, placing first in both the “Spirit of GIST” and “People’s Choice” categories.  The GIST Catalyst Pitch Competition is a global competition launched in 2017 that gives science and technology entrepreneurs ... Read More»

U.S. Donates Drug Detection Equipment to PCG K9 Force

Manila, November 16, 2021—The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) recently donated drug detection and analysis equipment valued at more than Php3.5 million ($70,000) to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) K9 Force in support of U.S.-Philippine cooperation to counter maritime crimes.  Read More»

U.S. Military Donates Medical Supplies to Support COVID-19 Response across Southern Philippines

Zamboanga City, November 15, 2021—Between October 2 and November 10, the U.S. military donated intensive care unit (ICU) beds and COVID-19 vaccine cold storage units, valued at over Php6.9 million ($138,600), across the southern Philippines.  The donations were made during seven small ceremonies and included equipment turnovers to hospitals in Pagadian City, Cotabato City, Sulu ... Read More»

EducationUSA announces International Education Week Events for Filipinos

Manila, November 12, 2021—The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official source of information on U.S. higher education, invite all Filipinos interested in studying in the United States to join International Education Week (IEW) events from November 15 to 19.  On Monday, November 15, EducationUSA will host a virtual college essay workshop and financial aid walkthrough for high school ... Read More»

USAID, Quezon City Launch Mobile COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Initiatives

Manila, November 8, 2021—Today, the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Quezon City government launched six new COVID-19 mobile testing units and one mobile vaccination team to support the city’s fight against COVID-19.    Read More»

FAQs: New Policy for Air Travel to the United States

The White House recently issued a Presidential Proclamation titled “Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” (released October 25, 2021) which rescinds the geographic travel restrictions affecting arrivals from 33 countries and installs new vaccination and testing policies for international travelers effective November 8, 2021.  As of that date, foreign nationals ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Global Air Travel Policy

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines November 5, 2021 Health Alert:  U.S. Global Air Travel Policy Location:  Worldwide Event:  On October 25, 2021, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy.  This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those ... Read More»

Exception Requests for Vaccination or Pre-Departure Testing

Exception Requests for Vaccination or Pre-Departure Testing  Unvaccinated nonimmigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers are not allowed to board a flight to the United States without an approved waiver from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Waivers to the vaccination or pre-departure testing requirements may be granted by the CDC for humanitarian or emergency reasons.  ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Virtual Town Hall Meeting with the Office of Civil Defense and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology

United States Embassy Manila, PhilippinesUnited States Consular Agency Cebu, PhilippinesNovember 3, 2021Message for U.S. Citizens: Virtual Town Hall Meeting with the Office of Civil Defense and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Please join us for a virtual town hall meeting with the Philippine Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) on Friday, November 19, ... Read More»

United States and Philippines Celebrate 60 Years of Development Partnership

Manila, November 3, 2021—Today, the U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is celebrating 60 years of development partnership with the Philippines.  USAID leads the U.S. government’s international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people progress beyond assistance.  USAID was founded on November 3, 1961, by President John F. Kennedy, ... Read More»

Guidance for Vaccination Requirements for Entering the United States Starting November 8, 2021

United States Embassy Manila, PhilippinesUnited States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines October 29, 2021 Guidance for Vaccination Requirements for Entering the United States Starting November 8, 2021   Beginning November 8, all U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and U.S. immigrants seeking to enter the United States by air will be required to show ... Read More»

U.S. Peace Corps and DepEd Train Teachers, Maximize Student Learning Amid Pandemic

Manila, October 29, 2021 – From October 12 to 29, the U.S. Peace Corps and the Department of Education (DepEd) conducted a series of virtual trainings on utilizing newly developed distance learning materials for over 1,000 teachers, principals, and supervisors from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.   This series of trainings marks the culmination of a 14-month collaboration between Peace Corps and DepEd to develop and validate learning activity sheets ... Read More»

USAID Launches New Project to Increase Digital Connectivity in the Philippines

Manila, October 29, 2021—The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), formally launched on October 28 a new project to increase digital connectivity in the Philippines.  The five-year, Php1.65-billion ($33 million) Better Access and Connectivity (BEACON) project will promote economic growth through better information and communications technology (ICT), helping bridge the digital divide in the Philippines.  “The COVID-19 pandemic has ... Read More»

USAID Launches Php750-Million Project to Support Climate Resilience in the Philippines

Manila, October 29, 2021—The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched on October 28 a new project to build climate resilience in the Philippines, one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries.  The five-year, Php750-million ($15 million) Climate Resilient Cities project will help cities in the Philippines adapt to, mitigate, and endure the impacts of climate change by increasing their ... Read More»

U.S. Military and Philippine Coast Guard Conduct Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training

  Manila, October 28, 2021 – From October 21 to 24, the Civilian Military Support Element-Philippines (CMSE-PHL) conducted Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training with officers and crew of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) BRP Gabriela Silang and medical officers of the PCG Nursing Corps.    The training was designed to mirror real-world medical situations likely to be encountered by the crew of the BRP Gabriela Silang and culminated with an exercise designed to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Convenes 4th National Conference of the Association of Anti-Drug Abuse Coalitions of the Philippines, Inc.

Manila, October 28, 2021—On October 28, the 4th National Conference of the Association of Anti-Drug Abuse Coalitions of Philippines, Inc. (AADAC) formally convened with the theme “Building Resilience Through Policy and Advocacy.”   Read More»

USAID Hands Over Supplementary Reading Materials to Improve Reading Outcomes in Masbate

Manila, October 27, 2021—As part of its continuing efforts to improve reading outcomes and basic education for children in the Philippines, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over 44,000 Minasbate language supplementary reading materials to the Department of Education (DepEd) at a virtual event on October 25.  The event also recognized writers, illustrators, editors, and ... Read More»

EducationUSA Hosts Filipino Senior HS Students at Annual College Application Drive

Manila, October 27, 2021 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official source of information on U.S. higher education, are inviting all senior students in high school to attend EducationUSA’s annual application drive on Friday, October 29, at 7:15 p.m.  At the virtual program, students interested in studying in the United States will have an opportunity to seek free ... Read More»

U.S. Military Donates COVID-19 Vaccine Cold Storage Units to the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Manila, October 26, 2021 — On October 25, the U.S. military donated intensive care unit (ICU) beds and COVID-19 vaccine cold storage units, valued at over Php2.075 million ($40,914) to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).   Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Online Events for Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Manila, October 26, 2021 — As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines conducted two virtual programs tackling cybersecurity and the benefits of e-government, state-of-the-art U.S. technologies and services, policies and regulations that can strengthen cybersecurity infrastructure, and the resilience of public and private sector entities in the Philippines.  The two-part webinar series was split between "Cybersecurity in the New Reality” ... Read More»

USAID Trains Filipino Natural Resource Managers and Researchers in Ecosystem Valuation

Manila, October 22, 2021 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes (SIBOL) project, trained nearly 275 government staff and researchers from Philippine public universities on how to properly account for environment-provided benefits.  The recently completed three-month training supports the Philippine government’s work to promote economic growth through the ... Read More»

Visa Update: Consular Operations (Visas) as of October 2021

Routine visa services remain limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines continues to operate with reduced staffing. As conditions surrounding the COVID-19 situation improve, the Embassy will provide additional services, culminating eventually in a complete resumption of routine visa services. The Embassy cannot predict when the resumption of full visa ... Read More»

U.S. Military Donates Medical Supplies to COVID-19 Response in Palawan

Manila, October 20, 2021 — On October 19, U.S. military service members in Palawan delivered intensive care unit (ICU) beds and COVID-19 vaccine cold storage units, valued at over Php758,750 ($15,175), to the Palawan provincial government to assist local partners battling COVID-19.   Read More»

USAID Partners with Department of Education to Produce Gender-Responsive and Socially Inclusive TV Episodes

Manila, October 18, 2021 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child on Oct. 14 by deepening their commitment to produce gender-responsive and socially inclusive DepEd TV episodes.  In line with the 2021 International Day of the Girl Child theme, “Digital generation.  Our generation,” which calls for increased access to ... Read More»

USAID and DOH Launch Philippines’ First Mobile App for Mental Health

Manila, October 15, 2021 – In celebration of National Mental Health Week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) launched Lusog-Isip – the country’s first mobile application for mental health and self-care.    Lusog-Isip aims to expand access to culturally adapted, evidence-based tools and interventions on mental health.    Developed by USAID and DOH in response to ... Read More»

Philippines, U.S. Host Annual Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board

CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – General Jose Faustino Jr, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Admiral John Aquilino, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command led the 2021 Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB) at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, October 14. General Faustino and Admiral Aquilino’s meeting resulted in ... Read More»

U.S. Supports Advances in Philippine Legal Education with Php126-Million Program

Manila, October 14, 2021 – On October 14, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in partnership with the Philippine Legal Education Board and the Asia Foundation, announced the release of a Revised Model Curriculum for law schools and launched a new Clinical Legal Education website.  The Revised Model Curriculum adds a Clinical Legal Education Program (CLEP) ... Read More»

U.S. Military Delivers Advanced Unmanned Aerial System to Philippine Air Force

Manila, October 14, 2021 – The U.S. military turned over four ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) worth Php200 million ($4 million) to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) during a ceremony at the Clark Air Base in Mabalacat City, Pampanga on October 13.  These platforms will provide additional capabilities in unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), and in support ... Read More»

Embassy and Legislators Launch U.S.-Philippines Congressional Friendship Caucus to Celebrate 75 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Manila, October 13, 2021 – Today, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and Filipino legislators held a hybrid virtual and in-person event to launch the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Philippines Congressional Friendship Caucus.  The Friendship Caucus is a cross-party group of members from the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives seeking to strengthen bilateral relations between the United States and the Philippines.    Established in 2021 in honor of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United ... Read More»

U.S. Provides 1.84 Million More Pfizer Vaccines to the Philippines

Manila, October 13, 2021 — The United States, in partnership with the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, delivered an additional 1,842,750 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines as part of its worldwide effort to help end COVID-19.     Read More»

U.S. Military and Philippine Coast Guard Conduct Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training

Manila, October 12, 2021 – From October 4 to 6, members of the U.S. Civilian Military Support Element-Philippines (CMSE PHL) conducted Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training with the Philippine Coast Guard North Eastern Luzon District (PCGNELZ). This is the first time the U.S. military has been able to train directly with the PCGNELZ. Read More»

U.S. Embassy Celebrates World Space Week with Virtual Events

Manila, October 8, 2021 — From October 2 to 5, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines staged a virtual hackathon and series of webinars featuring NASA scientists to celebrate World Space Week and to highlight the importance of science and technology in development.  The week-long event kicked off on October 2 and 3, when American Corners hosted the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge in the cities of Cagayan ... Read More»

U.S. Delivers Additional 5.57 Million Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines to the Philippines

Manila, October 7, 2021 — The United States, in partnership with the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, delivered an additional 5,575,050 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines as part of its worldwide effort to help end COVID-19.    The vaccines, delivered in five separate shipments to Manila, Cebu, and Davao between October 1 to 6, were part of the 500 million doses of Pfizer the United States is making available for distribution ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Peace Corps Philippines

Manila, October 6, 2021 – Today, the U.S. Peace Corps, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, Philippine government, and other partners held a virtual event celebrating the over 9,300 American Peace Corps volunteers who have served alongside Filipino host communities across the country since October 1961.  Hundreds of former volunteers, host organizations, Peace Corps staff, and youth ... Read More»

U.S. Funds Cutting-Edge Crop Biotechnology Center in Nueva Ecija

Manila, October 1, 2021 — On September 30, the United States joined the Philippines in celebrating the inauguration of the Crop Biotechnology Center housed in the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.  The Center was funded with Php277 million ($5.4 million) from the U.S. Public Law 480 program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and ... Read More»

USAID Partners with Department of Agriculture to Improve Philippine Fisheries Sector

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formally launch a new partnership that will improve the Philippine fisheries sector’s performance and help national and local governments take an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management. Read More»

U.S. Peace Corps and Philippine LGUs Stage Virtual Marine Forum to Celebrate World Maritime and International Clean-up Month

Manila, September 30, 2021 – From September 21 to 29, the U.S. Peace Corps held a virtual forum on marine protected area management for 25 local government unit (LGU) partners in Luzon and Visayas.  The webinar was timed to coincide with World Maritime Month and International Clean-Up Month, highlighting the importance of protecting our maritime environment and cleaning up coastal trash so that the Philippines remains one of the world’s most biodiverse countries.   “This ... Read More»

USAID Launches Activity to Empower Women in Metro Manila’s Waste Sector

Manila, September 29, 2021 – The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a new project that will help women working in Metro Manila’s solid waste and recycling sectors gain access to business and livelihood opportunities. USAID’s Women in Waste’s Economic Empowerment (WWEE) is a four-year, approximately Php75-million project that will ... Read More»

U.S. Summit Empowers Out-of-School Youth as New Workforce Amid Pandemic

Manila, September 28, 2021—On September 27, the U.S. government led a virtual private sector summit that gathered over 300 industry leaders to tackle how Filipino youth can help businesses thrive amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The event is part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) five-year, Php1.9-billion Opportunity 2.0 project designed to strengthen programs and mechanisms that work to improve ... Read More»

USAID Supports Launch of First Nonstop Philippine Shipping Service between U.S. and Philippines

Manila, September 24, 2021 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development (RESPOND) project, supported the Export Development Council (EDC) and University of the Philippines Public Administration Foundation to partner with Royal Cargo and Iris Logistics to launch the first nonstop Philippine shipping service between the Philippines and the United States ... Read More»

U.S., UNODC Hold Training for Facilitators of Strong Families Program in the Philippines

Manila, September 21, 2021 – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), hosted a Strong Families Training of Trainers for the local government units (LGUs) of Makati, Marikina, Caloocan, and Quezon City from September 14 to 16 in Baguio City.   The training, which included a foundational plenary session and dynamic workshops, sought to empower LGU facilitators to ... Read More»

U.S. Provides 2.58 Million More Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines to the Philippines

Manila, September 21, 2021 — The United States partnered with the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility to deliver an additional 2,582,190 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines as part of its worldwide effort to help end COVID-19. Read More»

U.S. Peace Corps Awards First-Ever Philippines Response Program Evaluation

Manila, September 20, 2021 – On September 16, Peace Corps Philippines Country Director Jenner Edelman signed a contract to independently evaluate the impact of the American volunteer organization’s unique “Response Program.”  The contract was awarded to Agnes Quilinguing, an independent research consultant with over 15 years of project management, monitoring, and evaluation experience with the Asian Development Bank, other international organizations and government agencies, and academe.  ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Welcomes New Chargé d’Affaires, a.i.

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is pleased to welcome Heather Variava as the new Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim (CDA a.i.) succeeding former Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) John Law.  A CDA is an Embassy’s official representative in the absence of an Ambassador, representing the President of the United States in the host country. Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) Visa Appointments through October 29, 2021

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through October 29, 2021 in response to the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.   You can only reschedule your canceled visa interview once routine visa services resume by contacting the Embassy call center at (+632) 7792-8988 and (+632) ... Read More»

Health Alert: Granular Lockdown and Alert Level System

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  September 15, 2021 Health Alert: Granular Lockdown and Alert Level System The Philippine government is piloting a new framework which establishes a “granular lockdown” and alert level system.  The new framework places the National Capital Region (NCR) under Alert Level 4 beginning September 16.  ... Read More»

U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Visits the Philippines

The Commandant of the United States Marine Corps General David Berger visited the Philippines on September 10 to 11 to meet with senior Philippine military officials and U.S. Embassy leadership and discuss the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance and opportunities for future engagements. Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in the Philippines

U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in the Philippines Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (September 10, 2021) Location:  Philippines Event:  U.S. citizens are urged to be cautious and vigilant when living and traveling abroad given the potential threat of terrorist attacks and extremist action against U.S. citizens and interests.  As the 20th anniversary of September 11th approaches, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in Upcoming Special Congressional Elections

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  September 8, 2021 Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in Upcoming Special Congressional Elections The following states have elections in the next 90 days: November 2, 2021:  Florida Special Primary Election in U.S. Congressional District 20* November 2, 2021:  Ohio Special General Election in U.S. Congressional ... Read More»

U.S. Donates School Equipment to Boost Online Learning in the Philippines

Manila, September 8, 2021 – As part of the United States’ commitment to support early grade learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) turned over 25 laptop computers and 479 tablets to the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd). At a ceremony held at the DepEd Central Office on September ... Read More»

More Than Allies

  by Chargé d’Affaires John Law  As my time in the Philippines draws to a close, I consider with hope the future of our bilateral relationship.  I smile as I remember how quickly Manila came to feel like home, thanks to the hospitality and Bayanihan spirit of the Filipino people.  Above all, I reflect on the deeply moving moments I have been privileged to share, from meeting Filipino ... Read More»

YouthWorks PH and Yes Pinoy Foundation to Open Up Job Opportunities for Unemployed Youth

Manila, September 3, 2021 — YouthWorks PH, a private sector-led initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), launched a new partnership with Yes Pinoy Foundation, an organization founded by renowned actor and youth advocate Dingdong Dantes, to provide training and job opportunities for youth. Read More»

U.S. Provides Additional 188,370 Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines to the Philippines

Manila, September 3, 2021 — On September 2, the United States delivered an additional 188,370 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines as part of its worldwide effort to help end COVID-19. The shipment was provided directly to the Philippines by the U.S. government, with delivery via the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, a ... Read More»

Over 550 Filipino Grad Students Explore World-Class U.S. Graduate Schools

Manila, September 2, 2021 — On August 27, at least 550 aspiring Filipino graduate students participated in EducationUSA Philippines’ annual graduate school fair. The free virtual event featured 30 U.S. graduate schools, as well as Fulbright Philippines, the oldest continuing Fulbright Commission in the world, which administers the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program between the ... Read More»

Health Alert: Quarantine Update September 1-7, 2021

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines   August 31, 2021 Health Alert: Quarantine Update September 1-7, 2021 The Government of the Philippines recently announced quarantine classifications for the month of September. The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) retained the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) status of the National ... Read More»

United States Donates RT-PCR Extraction Kits to Philippine Genome Center

Manila, August 27, 2021 – The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), turned over RT-PCR extraction kits equivalent to 3,000 tests to the Philippine Genome Center.  These RT-PCR extraction kits will help strengthen COVID-19 testing and genomic surveillance in the Philippines. USAID Philippines Office of Health Director Michelle Lang-Alli handed over ... Read More»

Filipino English Teacher Receives Scholarship from Harvard University, Cites EducationUSA Assistance

Manila, August 25, 2021 — Years ago, Filipino teacher Nicah Santos could only dream of studying in the United States and attending the prestigious Harvard University. But with her efforts and guidance from EducationUSA Philippines, she is now on track to begin her Master’s degree in Education Leadership, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship at Harvard’s Graduate School ... Read More»

U.S. Military Donates Medical Supplies to Support Philippine COVID-19 Response

Manila, August 25, 2021 — On August 18, U.S. military service members in Luzon delivered intensive care unit (ICU) beds, valued at over Php83,000 ($1,660), to Cagayan Valley Medical Center in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan to assist local partners battling COVID-19. The donation, provided by the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, was part of a larger donation that ... Read More»

Guidance on International Certificate of Vaccination and Changes in Quarantine Classifications for August 21-31, 2021

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines   August 23, 2021 Guidance on International Certificate of Vaccination and Changes in Quarantine Classifications for August 21-31, 2021 The Philippine government has announced that travelers who are fully vaccinated may now apply for an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV, or yellow card) from the Philippine Bureau ... Read More»

Visa Update: Consular Operations (Visas) as of August 2021

Routine visa services remain suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines continues to operate with reduced staffing. As conditions surrounding the COVID-19 situation improve, the Embassy will provide additional services, culminating eventually in a complete resumption of routine visa services. The Embassy cannot predict when the resumption of full visa ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) Visa Appointments through September 30, 2021

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through September 30, 2021 in response to the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can only reschedule your canceled visa interview once routine visa services resume by contacting the Embassy call center at (+632) 7792-8988 and ... Read More»

USAID and DepEd Celebrate Joint Successes in Improving Early Grade Learning in the Philippines

Manila, August 13, 2021 – Education stakeholders gathered on August 13 for a virtual event to celebrate the collective accomplishments of the Department of Education (DepEd) and USAID Philippines in improving early grade reading and literacy in the country this past year, amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through its ABC+: Advancing Basic ... Read More»

U.S.-Philippine Joint Training Enhances Philippine Maritime Law Enforcement Capabilities

Manila, August 9, 2021 — U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) instructors have concluded four weeks of Advanced Boarding Officer Course training with Philippine maritime agencies, supporting U.S.-Philippine cooperation and enhancing maritime law enforcement capabilities. The July 12-23 course focused on the Philippine Coast Guard, while the July 26-August 6 program included participants from the Philippine National ... Read More»

USAID and Local Partners Launch New Partnerships for Youth Training Ahead of National Tech-Voc Day

Manila, August 6, 2021 – Youthworks PH, a private sector-led initiative by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) is facilitating the opening of more than 300 work-based training slots for youth not in education, employment, or training in the renewable energy sector and food and beverage industry ... Read More»

More Than 140 Philippine Government and University Officials Participate in U.S.-Led Cybersecurity Workshop

Manila, August 6, 2021 — At least 140 officials from the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Philippine universities and colleges attended the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ multi-day workshop on building an interdisciplinary approach to cyber education from July 27 to 31. The U.S. Embassy’s EducationUSA office hosted the event on Zoom in ... Read More»

President Duterte and Cabinet Officials Welcome Arrival of 3 Million U.S.-Provided Moderna Vaccines to the Philippines

Manila, August 3, 2021 — On August 3, the United States delivered a total of 3,000,060 doses of Moderna vaccine to the Philippines as part of its worldwide effort to help end COVID-19. The shipment was provided directly to the Philippines by the U.S. government, with delivery via the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of Defense Welcomes Recall of VFA Abrogation, Reinforces Strong U.S.-Philippine Alliance During Manila Visit

Manila, July 31, 2021 — On July 29 and 30, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III visited the Philippines for the first time as Defense Secretary to reaffirm the strong and enduring U.S.-Philippine alliance as the two sides celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations and the 70th anniversary of the Mutual Defense Treaty.  Read More»

Health Alert: Quarantine Update, Aug 1-15, 2021

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  July 30, 2021 Health Alert: Quarantine Update, Aug 1-15, 2021 The Government of the Philippines recently announced quarantine classifications for the month of August. Other quarantine classifications are still in effect through July 31, 2021. Following the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force on ... Read More»

Statement of the U.S. Embassy on Recall of VFA Abrogation

Manila, July 30, 2021 — The United States welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to recall the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). We strongly believe that the VFA, and the broader alliance that the VFA enables, strengthens not only the security of our two nations, but also the rules-based order that benefits all nations ... Read More»

USAID and Private Sector Partners Launch Inaugural Philippine Water Challenge

Manila, July 29, 2021 — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partnered with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), Manila Water, and Maynilad to launch the inaugural Philippine Water Challenge (PhlWC), the first-ever platform to generate water and sanitation solutions in the country.  More than 700 participants from the water sector joined the virtual ... Read More»

EducationUSA Law School Fair Attracts Hundreds of Aspiring Filipino Graduate Students

Manila, July 28, 2021 — More than 340 participants from the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries interested in pursuing an LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree attended EducationUSA Philippines’ LL.M. university fair on July 17 and 24. The two-part LL.M. event kicked off on July 17 with a webinar in which seasoned U.S. law school ... Read More»

Health Alert: Quarantine and Other Regulations Update

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  July 23, 2021 Health Alert: Quarantine and Other Regulations Update The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) recently issued resolutions affecting quarantine classifications and other regulations. Quarantine Classifications: Below are the current quarantine classifications according to the Philippine government in view of ... Read More»

U.S. Provides More Than 3.2 Million Johnson & Johnson Vaccines to the Philippines

Manila, July 19, 2021 — On July 16 and 17, the United States delivered a total of 3,240,850 one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines to the Philippines as part of its worldwide effort to help end COVID-19.  This is the first time the Philippines has received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, a safe, trusted, and easy ... Read More»

Health Alert: Quarantine Update, July 16-31, 2021

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines July 16, 2021 Health Alert: Quarantine Update, July 16-31, 2021 Below are the current quarantine classifications according to the Philippine government: Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) through July 31, 2021 Luzon – Region III: Bataan Mindanao – Region X: Cagayan de Oro City; Region ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) Visa Appointments through August 31, 2021

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through August 31, 2021 in response to the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can only reschedule your canceled visa interview once routine visa services resume by contacting the Embassy call center at (+632) 7792-8988 and ... Read More»

U.S. Launches Delivery of Php24 Million in ICU Beds to Support Philippine COVID-19 Response

Manila, July 15, 2021 — On July 15, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) John Law officially turned over 420 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, valued at Php23.9 million ($498,000), to Philippine Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III at the Department of Health compound. The donation, provided by the U.S. Indo-Pacific ... Read More»

USAID Donates Php12 Million in Equipment to DepEd to Support Access to Education for Out-of-School Youth

Legazpi City, July 15, 2021 — On July 14, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over Php12 million ($240,000) worth of distance learning equipment to the Department of Education (DepEd) for its Alternative Learning System (ALS) e-Skwela Learning Centers. Read More»

Extension of Expired Philippine Visas for Foreign Nationals

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines July 13, 2021 Extension of Expired Philippine Visas for Foreign Nationals   The U.S. Embassy in Manila and Consular Agency in Cebu remind U.S. citizens in the Philippines with expired Philippine visas of the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) policy on extension of expired Philippine visas due ... Read More»

FAQs: K Fiancé(e) Visa Processing

Q: Why haven’t I had my visa interview yet? A: Our number one priority is the safety of our applicants and our staff.  To allow for adequate social distancing, we have limited the number of visa applicants we can schedule for interview.  We are finally in a position to interview a very limited number of ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Discontinuation of U.S. Dollar Demand Draft Payments for Mail-in Adult Passport Renewals

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  July 9, 2021 Discontinuation of U.S. Dollar Demand Draft Payments for Mail-in Adult Passport Renewals The U.S. Embassy in Manila and Consular Agency in Cebu encourage all eligible, adult U.S. citizens in the Philippines to  renew their passports by mail  as in-person appointments remain limited. U.S. citizens in the ... Read More»

Philippine Team Wins Regional Marine Hackathon

Manila, July 9, 2021 — On July 7, Save Philippine Seas (SPS) and the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced Agusan del Norte-based Team Salom as the winners of this year’s Haquathon 2.0, a regional hackathon for tech-based solutions to save our seas.   Team Salom led the charge among participating teams of innovators from ... Read More»

U.S. Delivers Php48.5 Million in Weapons and Munitions to AFP

Manila, July 8, 2021 — On July 4, officials from the Joint United States Military Assistance Group – Philippines (JUSMAG-P) delivered Php48.5 million ($1 million) worth of new weapons and munitions to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Clark Air Base. The delivery, funded by U.S. grant assistance, included fourteen (14) M2A1 .50 ... Read More»

Natural Disaster Alert: Taal Volcano at Alert Level 3

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines  United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  July 2, 2021 Natural Disaster Alert: Taal Volcano at Alert Level 3 Location:  Vicinity of Taal Volcano Island and high-risk barangays around Taal Lake Event:  Alert Level 3 (Magmatic Unrest) was raised over Taal Volcano on July 1, 2021 The Philippine Institute of Volcanology ... Read More»

75 Years of U.S.-Philippine Friendship

By U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law  On July 4, 1946, President Manuel Roxas and U.S. High Commissioner Paul McNutt signed the Treaty of Manila, establishing the independence of the Republic of the Philippines.  The document touted “the unity of American and Philippine ideals,” and heralded a “new era of the two Governments and peoples…bound as closely as ever by ties ... Read More»

Health Alert: Quarantine Update, July 1-31, 2021

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  July 1, 2021 Health Alert: Quarantine Update, July 1-31, 2021 Per recent Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Resolution, below are the current quarantine classifications according to the Philippine government: Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) through July 15, 2021 ... Read More»

Health Alert: Quarantine Update, July 1-31, 2021

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  June 30, 2021 Health Alert: Quarantine Update, July 1-31, 2021 Below are the current quarantine classifications according to the Philippine government: Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) through July 15, 2021 Mindanao – Region 11: Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, ... Read More»

U.S. Launches Php24 Million Environmental Justice Program with Palawan Council for Sustainable Development

Manila, June 29, 2021 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), will deliver technical and practical training to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) to address wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, and other environmental crimes on the island ... Read More»

USAID Launches Php1.6 Billion Project to Promote Clean Energy in the Philippines

Manila, June 28, 2021—The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched on Monday, June 28, its flagship project to support a more competitive, secure, and resilient Philippine energy sector.  The five-year, Php1.6-billion ($34 million) Energy Secure Philippines (ESP) project will promote the country’s key energy sector priorities and support its climate ... Read More»

U.S. Donates HIV Prevention Drugs, Joins Revitalized Fight Against HIV

Manila, June 25, 2021— The United States government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), handed over 20,000 bottles of HIV prevention drugs, or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), to the Philippine Department of Health (DOH).  The June 25 handover coincided with the formal launch of the Php500 million ($10.3 million) USAID-PEPFAR program in the ... Read More»

Visa Update: Consular Operations (Visas) as of June 2021

Routine visa services remain suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines continues to operate with reduced staffing. As conditions surrounding the COVID-19 situation improve, the Embassy will add additional services, culminating eventually in a complete resumption of routine visa services.  The Embassy cannot predict when the resumption of full visa ... Read More»

U.S. Military Conducts Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training with Philippine Coast Guard

Manila, June 24, 2021 — From June 14 to 17, the U.S. Civil Military Support Element – Philippines (CMSE-PHL), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and Philippines’ Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) conducted combined medical training in El Nido, Palawan. The PCG ship BRP-Cabra (Multi-Role Response Vessel-4409), Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDPAL) ... Read More»

Exploring Philippines Seas Today, for the Generations of Tomorrow

by U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law In March 2021, a leading Philippine oceanographer and an American explorer, together, reached the deepest point of the Philippine trench – a historic voyage to one of the least-explored places on Earth.  By partnering on marine issues, whether on marine sustainability or maritime domain awareness, we protect and explore the world’s interconnected waters, including the Philippine seas.    This June, we celebrate not ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) Visa Appointments through July 30, 2021

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through July 30, 2021 in response to the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   In July 2020, U.S. Embassies and ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Complete Php1.1 Billion Multi-Year Cooperation Program to Detect and Stop Agricultural Pathogens

Manila, June 17, 2021 –The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) completed the final phase of a five-year biological threat capacity building partnership with the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) valued at nearly Php1.1 billion ($23 million). Beginning in September 2016, BTRP and the DA collaborated to build or renovate ... Read More»

Philippine Customs Officers Participate in U.S.-Organized International Air Cargo Interdiction Training

Clark, Pampanga, June 16, 2021 – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Export Control and Border Security (EXBS) Program conducted an International Air Cargo Interdiction Training (IACIT) for 11 Philippine customs officers at the Port of Clark from June 15 to 16. Adapting to the COVID-19 situation, the training followed a hybrid format ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Supports First National Substance Use Science Policy and Information Forum in the Philippines

Manila, June 16, 2021 – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) collaborated with the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines, the Asian Center for Drug Policy, the University of the Philippines Manila, and other partners to convene the ... Read More»

Health Alert:  Quarantine and Regulations Update, June 16-30, 2021

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  June 15, 2021 Health Alert:  Quarantine and Regulations Update, June 16-30, 2021 Below are the current quarantine classifications according to the Philippine government effective June 16-30, 2021: Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ): Luzon – Region 2: Santiago City and Cagayan; Cordillera Administrative Region: Apayao ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches Bayanivation Project to Support Fisheries Sector in Surigao del Norte Town

Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, June 15, 2021 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, together with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) alumni, Limitless Lab, and the Municipal Government of Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, launched the Bayanivation project in Del Carmen through a design thinking bootcamp at the Surigao State College of Technology – Del Carmen Campus held from June 2 to 4.  While following COVID-19 protocols, 38 youth leaders and 12 ... Read More»

Statement of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines on the Suspension of the VFA Termination

Manila, June 15 2021 – We welcome the Government of the Philippines’ decision to again suspend termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).  Our alliance continues to contribute not only to the security of our two nations, but also strengthens the rules-based order that benefits all nations in the Indo-Pacific. Read More»

Filipino Students Receive P57 Million in Financial Aid from U.S. Universities

Manila, June 11, 2021 — At least 80 Filipinos accepted to U.S. universities signed up for EducationUSA Philippines’ second virtual Pre-departure Orientation (PDO) on Thursday, June 10. A real-time survey during the free event revealed that more than half of the participants had received financial aid offers from their respective schools, amounting to more than ... Read More»

Over 2 Million U.S.-Supported Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines Arrive in Cebu, Davao, and Manila

Manila, June 11, 2021 — On June 10, the United States welcomed the successful arrival to the Philippines of 2,282,850 doses of the U.S. Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the biggest shipment to date.  And in the weeks and months ahead, ever-increasing quantities of much-needed vaccines will continue to arrive.  This shipment will be shared between the cities of ... Read More»

Fulbright and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Strike New Partnership

Manila, June 9, 2021 – On June 9, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law, representing the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF), and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Dr. Benjamin Diokno signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance cooperation in education, research, and training.  This is the first partnership between PAEF, also known as the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Palawan State University Launch American Corner Puerto Princesa, 15th American Corner in the Philippines

Manila, June 7, 2021 — On June 4, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and Palawan State University (PSU) launched American Corner (AC) Puerto Princesa with the virtual signing of a three-year Memorandum of Understanding between U.S. Embassy Counselor for Public Affairs Philip Roskamp and PSU President Dr. Ramon Docto. This partnership provides Palawan with ... Read More»

Health Alert: Quarantine Update, June 1-30, 2021

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  June 1, 2021 Health Alert:  Quarantine Update, June 1-30, 2021   Below are the current quarantine classifications according to the Philippine government: Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) through June 15, 2021: Luzon – Santiago City, Cagayan, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, and Puerto Princesa City; Visayas ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Passport Services at the U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in the Philippines

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines U.S. Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines June 1, 2021 Passport Services at the U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in the Philippines; Return travel to the United States with an Expired U.S. Passport Passport services  are available by appointment at the U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in the Philippines.  We encourage U.S. citizens in the ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Expand Cooperation on Biodiversity Conservation and Water Security

Manila, May 28, 2021— As the United States marks its 75th year of diplomatic relations with the Republic of the Philippines, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have agreed to advance their cooperation to protect the Philippines’ rich natural resources and improve access ... Read More»

USAID and The Asia Foundation Announce Inaugural Youth Leadership and Democracy Fellows

Manila, May 28, 2021 — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) welcomed 30 young Filipino leaders into the first-ever Youth Leadership for Democracy (YouthLed) 2021 Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) fellowship. Created by USAID and The Asia Foundation, the LEAD fellowship trains youth to become champions of democratic values, participatory governance, and civic engagement.   ... Read More»

U.S. and Korea Strengthen Development Cooperation Partnership through Joint Projects in the Philippines

Manila, May 27, 2021— The leading development assistance agencies of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea have agreed to pursue joint development projects in the Philippines to boost the country’s climate resilience and address ocean plastic pollution. The partnership is a result of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the United ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) Visa Appointments through June 30, 2021

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through June 30, 2021 in response to the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   In July 2020, U.S. Embassies and Consulates began a ... Read More»

USAID and DTI Ink Partnership to Strengthen Entrepreneurship Training for Out-of-School Filipino Youth

Manila, May 19, 2021—The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), signed a partnership with the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to enhance entrepreneurship training programs for Filipino out-of-school youth. Read More»

U.S. Embassy Trains 150 Filipino Education Agents and Counselors on the U.S. College Application Process

Manila, May 19, 2021 – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Public Affairs Section, through EducationUSA, and the U.S. Commercial Service Office invited more than 150 Filipino education agents and guidance counselors to a virtual training on the U.S. college application process on Friday, May 14. The panel discussion and workshop included presentations from experienced ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and QBO Innovation Hub Conclude Tech Startup Incubation Program

Manila, May 19, 2021 — On May 14, QBO Innovation Hub and the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines concluded “InQbation: The Take Off,” an incubation program that supports startup founders with disruptive ideas enabled by technology.  The startups focused on technological responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Between December 2020 and May 2021, 13 startups based ... Read More»

U.S. Concludes Training Series for Philippine Coast Guard

Manila, May 14, 2021 — U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) instructors conducted three training courses for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) from March 8 to May 14, 2021 to strengthen maritime law enforcement capabilities. The training series included a two-week Boarding Officer Course, a two-week Outboard Motor Maintenance training, and a four-week Small Boat Operations event, ... Read More»

Health Alert: Quarantine Update, May 15-31, 2021

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines   United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines    May 14, 2021   Health Alert:  Quarantine Update, May 15-31, 2021 Below are the current quarantine classifications according to the Philippine government: General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions May 15, 2021, through May 31, 2021: NCR Plus – Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Services Update

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines May 11, 2021 American Citizen Services Update Limited appointments for  passport  and  citizenship  services for U.S. citizens remain available at both the U.S. Embassy in  Manila  and the Consular Agency in  Cebu .  In light of the on-going pandemic, we are not providing walk-in services; you must have ... Read More»

U.S. Military Provides Additional Php5.7 Million in PPE to Support Philippine COVID-19 Response

Manila, May 11, 2021 — On April 22, U.S. military service members in Mindanao and Luzon began the delivery of nearly Php5.7 million ($118,700) worth of personal protective equipment and medical supplies to local partners battling COVID-19 in provinces across the Philippines. The supplies include protective equipment such as disposable gloves, goggles, face shields, disinfectant ... Read More»

First Tranche of U.S. Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines Delivered to the Philippines

Manila, May 10, 2021 — The United States welcomes the successful May 10 arrival to the Philippines of 193,050 doses of the U.S. Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, one of the safest and most effective vaccines in the world. This delivery is the first tranche of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines and follows the arrival of 2,030,400 doses of the AstraZeneca ... Read More»

Health Alert:  Hotel-Based Quarantine Period Extended for Arriving Passengers

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines   United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines    May 10, 2021   Health Alert:  Hotel-Based Quarantine Period Extended for Arriving Passengers Effective until further notice, arriving passengers must spend the first 10 days of the mandatory 14-day quarantine period in a certified  quarantine hotel .  You must have a confirmed booking at one of these hotels ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches School-Based Drug Prevention Curriculum for Philippine Law Enforcers

Manila, May 10, 2021 – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) collaborated with the Philippine Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program to launch a unique, 10-day training series for law enforcers with drug prevention education responsibilities.  The ultimate goal of the ... Read More»

More Than 2 Million U.S.-Sponsored Vaccines Arrive in the Philippines

Manila, May 8, 2021 — The United States welcomes the May 8 arrival of two million additional doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines.  This is the third shipment of vaccines made available through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.  The United States already has donated ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Hold Virtual Proliferation Security Initiative Workshop

Manila, May 7, 2021 – The United States and the Philippines participated in a virtual Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) workshop last week to demonstrate their shared commitment to preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Through briefings and discussions of regional proliferation issues, as well as maritime scenario discussions, the United States and ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstration/Protest at Bonifacio Square on May 1, 2021

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines   United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines    April 30, 2021   Planned Demonstration/Protest at Bonifacio Square on May 1, 2021   The U.S. Embassy has been informed of a demonstration/protest event scheduled to occur Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Bonifacio Square (formally Plaza Lawton).  This location is approximately one mile north of ... Read More»

Health Alert: NCR and Neighboring Areas Continue Under MECQ

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines   United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines    April 29, 2021   Health Alert:  NCR and Neighboring Areas Continue Under MECQ Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal will continue to be under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) through May 14, 2021. Actions to Take: Monitor the  Philippine Department of Health  website and the  Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage  for updated information about conditions in the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches Marine Environment Conservation Training for Young Southeast Asian Leaders on Earth Day

Manila, April 28, 2021 — As part of this year’s Earth Day celebration, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and Save the Philippine Seas, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization, launched the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Marine Accelerator Program (YSEALI MAP) on April 22.  The program will train 62 youth leaders of 33 marine conservation ... Read More»

Health Alert: Cancellation of Notarial Appointments Scheduled in May

Health Alert:  Cancellation of Notarial Appointments Scheduled in May In response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases and the ongoing travel and movement restrictions throughout the country, the U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in the Philippines have cancelled all notarial appointments scheduled for May 1, 2021, through May 31, 2021. If you need a document ... Read More»

U.S. Army 5th SFAB and Philippine Army Conduct Bilateral Training in Nueva Ecija

Manila, April 27, 2021 – U.S. soldiers from the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) arrived in the Philippines last month to conduct their first-ever partner training rotation with the Philippine Army, with bilateral training events taking place April to June 2021, in strict adherence to Philippine government COVID-19 safety protocols. Engagements will take place ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Forces Conclude 36th Balikatan Exercise

Manila, April 23, 2021 – Service members from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and United States Armed Forces concluded the 36th iteration of Balikatan Exercise on Friday, April 23 with a small ceremony held at the General Headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) Visa Appointments through May 31, 2021

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through May 31, 2021 in response to the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In July 2020, U.S. Embassies and ... Read More»

Launch of Online Fee Payment for Adult Passport Renewals

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency, Cebu Philippines April 16, 2021  Launch of Online Fee Payment for Adult Passport Renewals Beginning Monday, April 19, 2021, the U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in the Philippines will begin accepting online fee payments for adult U.S. passport renewal applications. Paying online allows you to mail ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Php170 Million to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment in the Philippines

Manila, April 15, 2021 – The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing the Philippines Php170 million ($3.5 million) to support the Department of Health (DOH) in its COVID-19 vaccination rollout.  This new assistance, which brings total U.S. government support for the Philippines’ COVID-19 response to nearly Php1.3 ... Read More»

Alert: Phone Lines Operational at Consular Agency Cebu 

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines    United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines     April 13, 2021    Alert: Phone Lines Operational at Consular Agency Cebu  Location:  Cebu  Event:  Phone service has been restored at the Consular Agency in Cebu.  For general inquiries and to request an appointment, please email the Consular Agency at  ACSInfoCebu@state.gov .  For urgent matters, you may contact the Consular Agency by phone ... Read More»

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Phone Call with Philippines Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana

(first published  here ) Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Philippines Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana on the phone to reaffirm their shared commitment to the U.S.-Philippines alliance. Secretaries Austin and Lorenzana discussed the situation in the South China Sea, and the recent ... Read More»

Health Alert:  NCR and neighboring areas to be placed under MECQ – April 11, 2021

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines   United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines    April 11, 2021   Health Alert:  NCR and neighboring areas to be placed under MECQ    Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna will be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) starting midnight on Monday, April 12 through Friday, April 30. Actions to Take: Monitor the  Philippine Department of Health  website and the  Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Locsin

(first published  here ) The below is attributable to U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin, Jr. Both expressed their shared concerns with the massing of People’s Republic of China (PRC) maritime militia vessels in the South China Sea, including at Whitsun ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Coming soon- Online Fee Payment for Adult Passport Renewals

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines     United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines      April 8, 2021       Coming Soon: Online Fee Payment for Adult Passport Renewals    Currently, all U.S. citizens in the Philippines who wish to renew their passports by mail must pay using a dollar demand draft obtained at one of three banks or arrange for in-person payment of the application fee at ... Read More»

Alert: Phone lines to the Consular Agency in Cebu are down 

 United States Embassy Manila, Philippines    United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines     April 7, 2021     Alert: Phone lines to the Consular Agency in Cebu are down  Location:  Cebu Event:  Phone lines to the Consular Agency in Cebu are currently down. Please contact us by email at  ACSInfoCebu@state.gov .   For any urgent inquiries please call the U.S. Embassy +(63) (2) ... Read More»

UPDATE: Virtual Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration    

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines  United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines April 7, 2021  UPDATE: Virtual Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens  with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration     Due to overwhelming interest, the American Citizen Services Unit will host two sessions with representatives from the  Philippine Bureau of Immigration  (BI) on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, and Thursday, April 15, 2021, from ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Change in Notarization Requirements for Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency, Cebu Philippines April 6, 2021 Effective immediately, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), pursuant to recently issued Memorandum Circular No. 2021-004, will allow local notarization in the Philippines of the “Affidavit of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage.” As a result, U.S. citizens who wish to marry in ... Read More»

Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Horne on National Security Advisor Sullivan Call with National Security Advisor Esperon

(first published  here ) National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone on March 31 with National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon of the Philippines. The National Security Advisors discussed their shared concerns regarding the recent massing of People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia vessels at Whitsun Reef. Mr. Sullivan underscored that the United States stands with our ... Read More»

Health Alert:  ECQ extended for NCR and neighboring areas (April 4, 2021)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines   United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines    April 4, 2021     Health Alert:  ECQ extended for NCR and neighboring areas  Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna will remain under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) through Sunday, April 11. Actions to Take: Monitor the  Philippine Department of Health  website and the  Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage  for updated information about conditions in the Philippines. Consult the  Philippine’s National Task Force Against COVID-19 social media page  for ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Partners to Combat Trafficking in Persons

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is involved at all stages of combating trafficking in persons including prevention, prosecution, and protection. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) combats trafficking in persons in the Philippines by supporting the work of local organizations in all regions of the country. This includes training frontline personnel from local governments and ... Read More»

Health Alert:  NCR and neighboring areas to be placed under ECQ  (March 27, 2021)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines   United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines    March 27, 2021   Health Alert:  NCR and neighboring areas to be placed under ECQ   Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna will be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting midnight on Monday, March 29 through Sunday, April 4th. Actions to Take: Monitor the  Philippine Department of Health  website and the  Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage  for updated information about conditions ... Read More»

Philippines and United States Celebrate 75 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Washington, D.C., March 26, 2021 - Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez and U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Ambassador Sung Kim officially launched today a bilateral campaign to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of the Philippines and the United ... Read More»

Virtual Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration  

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines  United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines March 26, 2021    Virtual Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens  with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration    Do you have questions about Philippine entry and visa requirements?  Are you wondering how to renew or change your immigration status in the Philippines?    If so, please join us for a virtual ... Read More»

USAID Acting Administrator Lauds 3 Million Filipino Students Reached through U.S.-Philippine Partnership

Manila, March 26, 2021 — United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Gloria Steele on Thursday, March 25, congratulated participants of the 14th Philippine National Education Summit for achieving landmark national policy reforms that have improved education governance through a partnership with USAID. During her keynote address, Steele noted that nearly 3 million early grade learners in the Philippines benefitted ... Read More»

USAID, DOH and Fujifilm Partner to Introduce Portable Chest X-Ray Machine to Screen Tuberculosis

Manila, March 25, 2021 – In observance of World TB Day, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is partnering with the Department of Health (DOH) National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP), Center for Health Development (CHD) – CALABARZON, and Fujifilm Philippines to improve tuberculosis (TB) case finding among hard-to-reach populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID Philippines Office of Health Director Michelle ... Read More»

Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila  

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines  United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines   March 24, 2021  Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila   Location:  Vicinity of Taal Volcano Island and High-Risk Barangays Around Taal Lake  Event:  The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has issued a  notice of elevated increase in seismic activity  for Taal Volcano.  Taal Volcano is currently at  ALERT LEVEL 2  (Increased Unrest), but that unrest has ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and DepEd Launch New Virtual Training Program for Filipino Teachers

Manila, March 23, 2021 – On March 22, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) launched a new six-week virtual webinar training series on “Teaching Grammar Communicatively in the Philippines” for DepEd teachers and supervisors.  More than 3,700 DepEd teachers and supervisors will participate in the series, which will run through the week of May ... Read More»

Health Alert:  Temporary Ban on Entry into the Philippines

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  March 19, 2021 Health Alert:  Temporary Ban on Entry into the Philippines The Philippine government has suspended the entry of all foreign nationals, effective March 22, 2021, through April 21, 2021. For an updated list of exemptions to the suspension, see our  COVID-19 page . Actions to ... Read More»

USAID and PBEd Partner with PCTA and Permex to Provide Training for 1,000 Filipino Youth

Manila, March 19, 2021 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) signed a Php37-million ($740,000) partnership with the Philippine Cable and Telecommunications Association Inc. (PCTA) and canned goods producer Permex that will provide training and employment opportunities for more than 1,000 unemployed and out-of-school youth in the CALABARZON region and Zamboanga City. The ... Read More»

Health Alert:  Temporary Ban on Entry into the Philippines and New Restrictions

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  March 17, 2021 Health Alert:  Temporary Ban on Entry into the Philippines and New Restrictions The Philippine government has suspended the entry of all foreign nationals and returning Philippine citizens who are not Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), effective March 20, 2021, through April 19, 2021. ... Read More»

Consular Update: Suspension of T & U Derivative Fingerprint Collections

T and U derivative fingerprint collections remain suspended due to precautions and limited resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is continually evaluating the conditions necessary to resume full services.  We will resume routine visa services, including T and U derivative fingerprint collections, as soon as possible but are unable ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) Visa Appointments through April 30, 2021

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through April 30, 2021 in response to the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In July 2020, U.S. Embassies and ... Read More»

U.S. Hands Over Php3.7 Million in Equipment to Strengthen Philippine Maritime Law Enforcement Capability

Manila, March 16, 2021 — On March 15, representatives from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Coast Guard joined Philippine National Police – Maritime Group (PNP-MG) Director, Police Brigadier General John Mitchell Jamili, for the handover of Php3.65 million ($75,000) in U.S.-funded equipment at the PNP-MG Headquarters at Camp Crame, ... Read More»

Visa Update: Consular Operations (Visas) as of March 2021

Routine visa services remain suspended due to precautions and limited resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The U.S. Embassy is continually evaluating the conditions necessary to resume full services.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The U.S. Embassy in the ... Read More»

United States and Philippines Sign New Php4.8-Billion Agreement to Improve Education

Manila, March 11, 2021 — The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd), signed a new, five-year bilateral assistance agreement valued at more than Php4.8 billion ($100 million) to improve basic education outcomes in the Philippines. Through this agreement, USAID and DepEd continue and ... Read More»

BFAR-USAID Study Calls for Public Support to Combat Illegal Fishing

Manila, March 10, 2021 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) released on March 9 the results of a study which quantified illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Philippines. The report  identifies what more should be done to eradicate IUU fishing in Philippine waters. IUU ... Read More»

Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  March 9, 2021 Natural Disaster Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila Location:  Vicinity of Taal Volcano Island and High-Risk Barangays Around Taal Lake Event:  In light of ongoing volcanic and seismic activity, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has issued an  ALERT LEVEL 2  for the ... Read More»

USAID Turns Over Wildlife Ambulance to DENR

Manila, March 5, 2021 – To mark World Wildlife Day and strengthen the Philippine government’s wildlife rescue and rehabilitation efforts, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) turned over on March 2 a new wildlife ambulance to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).  This turnover was part of USAID’s Php1.2-billion Protect Wildlife ... Read More»

U.S. Welcomes Arrival to the Philippines of U.S.-Supported COVAX Vaccines

Manila, March 5, 2021 – The United States welcomes the successful arrival of 487,200 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines on Thursday, March 4.  These vaccines were made available through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.  The United States already has donated Php97.2 billion ($2 billion) to COVAX, by far the largest contribution, to ensure the Philippines and other ... Read More»

U.S. State Department Honors Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto for Transparency Initiatives

Manila, February 24, 2021 — U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law congratulated Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto on his selection as one of 12 global anti-corruption champions by the U.S. Department of State.  The award recognizes Mayor Sotto’s commitment to transparency initiatives both as a Pasig city councilor and as mayor. In 2018, then-Pasig city councilor Sotto spent a month at the Des Moines ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) Visa Appointments through March 31, 2021

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through March 31, 2021 in response to the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In July 2020, U.S. Embassies and ... Read More»

Messages for U.S. Citizens: Virtual Town Hall for U.S. Citizens in the Philippines: Documenting Your Child as a U.S. Citizen

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines February 23, 2021 Virtual Town Hall for U.S. Citizens in the Philippines: Documenting Your Child as a U.S. Citizen   Are you a U.S. citizen whose biological child was born outside the United States? Do you want to document your child as a U.S. ... Read More»

Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Horne on National Security Advisor Sullivan Call with National Security Advisor Esperon

Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan Call with National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon of the Philippines (first published here ) National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone on February 12 with National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon of the Philippines. The National Security Advisors welcomed the 70th anniversary ... Read More»

USAID Donates Php16M in Learning Equipment to Support Out-of-School Children and Youth

Manila, February 22, 2021 – As part of the United States’ ongoing commitment to support the Philippine government’s Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan during the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) turned over 371 laptop computers worth more than Php16 million ($333,000) to the Department of Education (DepEd). At a ceremony ... Read More»

EducationUSA Hosts First Virtual Community College Fair

Manila, February 19, 2021 —   EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, will host a Virtual Community College Fair on Tuesday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m.  The fair will feature 10 of the United States’ top community colleges for international students. The virtual event ... Read More»

U.S. Military Turns Over C-130 Hercules Aircraft to Philippine Air Force

Manila, February 19, 2021 – Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) John Law, alongside representatives from the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG), on Thursday turned over the first of two C-130H Hercules Aircraft to be delivered under a recent transfer to Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and Philippine Air Force (PAF) ... Read More»

USTDA Bolsters BIR’s Digital Transformation

Manila, Philippines – On February 16, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to the Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for technical assistance to upgrade its digital infrastructure and enhance citizen services for millions of Filipinos. USTDA’s assistance continues a successful, decades-long partnership that has advanced priority information and communications technology infrastructure ... Read More»

6-Year Php1 Billion USAID Initiative Boosts Digital Payments Infrastructure in the Philippines

Manila, February 17, 2021 – On February 16, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) marked the successful completion of its E-PESO project in the Philippines.  Over the past six years, the project has promoted broad-based economic growth and financial inclusion by significantly increasing the use of digital payments in the Philippines. During the ... Read More»

CHED and EducationUSA Complete Phase 1 of Nationwide Flexible Learning Project

Manila, February 4, 2021 — In response to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Affairs Staff of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) teamed up with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines for the “eLearning Essentials: Responding and Reimagining Education in the Philippines” project, the country’s first international collaboration on flexible learning. ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Notary Services during the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency, Cebu Philippines February 3, 2021 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Notary Services during the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic Limited notary services will be available by appointment only at the U.S. Embassy in Manila and the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu effective Tuesday, February 9, 2021.  Appointments will remain limited as ... Read More»

United States and Philippines Sign New Php7.25-Billion Agreement to Protect the Environment

Manila, February 3, 2021 – The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Philippine National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) signed a new, five-year bilateral assistance agreement valued at more than Php7.25 billion ($150 million) to protect the Philippine environment. Through this agreement, the United States and the Philippines deepen ... Read More»

U.S. Military and Philippine Coast Guard Conduct Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training in Palawan

Manila, February 2, 2021 — From January 28 to 31, members of the U.S. Civilian Military Support Element – Philippines (CMSE PHL) conducted Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Training for Philippine Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDPAL) personnel and the crews of PCG vessels across Palawan as part of the Coast Guard’s Surface Support Force (CGSSF) ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Special Election in Louisiana’s 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines  United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines February 2, 2021  Message for U.S. Citizens:  Special Election in Louisiana’s 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts The State of Louisiana will conduct two special primary elections on Tuesday, March 20, 2021, to fill a vacancy for the 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts. Congressional District 2 ... Read More»

USAID and RMN Partner to Promote Marine Conservation in the Visayan Sea

Manila, February 2, 2021 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) Foundation formalized a media partnership to promote marine conservation in the Philippines.  The partnership will target coastal communities that rely on radio as a source of information and entertainment in the Visayan region, the country’s seafood capital ... Read More»

Regional Search for Tech-Based Solutions to Save Philippine Seas Now Open for Proposals

Manila, February 1, 2021 — Save Philippine Seas and the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines are launching Haquathon 2.0 (H20), a regional search for tech-based platforms, software, and hardware to save our seas.  The call for applications is now open and will run until March 14. The themes of H20 include illegal, unreported, and unregulated ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Hold Virtual Counter Threat Network Training

Manila, January 29, 2021 – Led by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the United States and the Philippines conducted a virtual Subject Matter Expert Exchange on Counter Threat Network collaboration from January 18 to 22.   The goal of the exchange was to share best practices, knowledge, skills, and abilities related ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Php24M to Support Measles, Rubella, and Polio Vaccination Campaign in the Philippines

Manila, January 29, 2021 – Today, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), partnered with the Philippine government and other development partners to launch the second phase of the Measles-Rubella and Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR OVP SIA).  Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Locsin

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE JANUARY 27, 2021 (State.gov link: https://www.state.gov/secretary-blinkens-call-with-philippine-secretary-of-foreign-affairs-locsin/ ) The below is attributable to U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin, Jr. Secretary Blinken and Secretary Locsin reaffirmed that a strong U.S.-Philippine Alliance is vital to a free and open ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) Visa Appointments through February 26, 2021

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through February 26, 2021 in response to the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Department of State suspended routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In July 2020, ... Read More»

United States Helps Bolster Philippines’ Capacity to Combat Wildlife Crime

Manila, January 22, 2021 – On January 22, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Director Kelia Cummins joined Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo, Jr., DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau Officer-in-Charge and Assistant Director Amelita DJ. Ortiz, and United Nations Office on Drugs and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Joins Globe, BFAR, and NFRDI for Launch of International Award-Winning ISDApp

Manila, January 21, 2021 — On Thursday, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines joined Team iNON for the launch of ISDApp, a one-of-a-kind community app that will communicate important safety and weather information to fisherfolk who do not have smartphones or mobile internet.  The launch was co-sponsored by Globe Telecom, the Bureau of Fisheries and ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Virtual Town Hall for U.S. Citizens in the Philippines: Passport Renewal Procedures

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines January 19, 2021 Virtual Town Hall for U.S. Citizens in the Philippines:  Passport Renewal Procedures Do you have questions about renewing your U.S. passport as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to limit travel and gatherings?  Do you know if you are eligible to renew your ... Read More»

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)  

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)   Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must ... Read More»

Health Alert:  Temporary Ban on Entry of Travelers from the United States Extended through January 31, 2021 

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  January 15, 2021 Health Alert:  Temporary Ban on Entry of Travelers from the United States Extended through January 31, 2021 The Philippine government has extended the temporary ban on the entry of travelers from, or who have transited through, the United States and several other countries through January 31, 2021.  Visit the ... Read More»

U.S. Military and Philippine National Police Partner to Provide First Responder Training in Zambales

Manila, January 15, 2021 — On January 12 and 13, the United States Civil Military Support Element – Philippines (CMSE PHL), in partnership with the Philippine National Police Maritime Group (PNP-MG) – Zambales, conducted training for 25 first responders in Masinloc, Zambales. First responders from the Masinloc Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Masinloc ... Read More»

U.S. Government Announces Php42 Million in Grants to Address Ocean Plastic Pollution

Manila, January 14, 2021 - The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Clean Cities, Blue Ocean (CCBO) program, has awarded grants worth nearly Php42 million ($890,000) to five organizations in support of local solutions that address ocean plastics pollution. Read More»

Health Alert:  Updated Requirements for Travel to the United States – January 13, 2021

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  January 13, 2021 Health Alert:  Updated Requirements for Travel to the United States Effective January 26, 2021, all air passengers traveling to the United States from a foreign country, including U.S. citizens, must present either proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of ... Read More»

United States and Philippines Commission Zoonotic Disease Laboratory in Tuguegarao

Manila, January 12, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Defense Cooperative Threat Reduction program of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), in partnership with the Philippine Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Animal Industry, and the local Cagayan community, completed the construction and commissioning of a zoonotic disease diagnostic laboratory in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. The ... Read More»

Statement by U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law on the Recent Events at the U.S. Capitol

I would like to thank our many Philippine friends who reached out to us in the wake of the violence at the U.S. Capitol. Your heartfelt messages of support remind us that the friendship between our peoples remains strong. Leaders across our political spectrum have condemned last week’s criminal behavior and called for accountability. As ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of H-1B, H-2B, H-4, L, and certain J Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments through March 31

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled all visa appointments scheduled through March 31 for H-1B, H-2B, L-1, J applicants participating in the intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program, and any spouses or children of covered applicants applying for H-4, L-2, or J-2 visas. On December 31, 2020, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (January 2, 2021)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines  January 2, 2021 Health Alert for U.S. Citizens in the Philippines:  Temporary Bar on Entry of Travelers from the United States  Starting Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the Philippines will temporarily ban the entry of travelers from, or who have transited through, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (December 31, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (December 31, 2020) Location: The Philippines Event: Updated Travel Information Related to the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic Through January 15, 2021, the Philippine government has suspended all flights from the United Kingdom and will bar entry to travelers originating or transiting from the following locations:  the United Kingdom, South ... Read More»

From Resilience to Recovery

From Resilience to Recovery By U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law During his 1946 inaugural address, President Manual Roxas told a newly independent Philippines and the world, “We have yet a greater bulwark today…the friendship and devotion of America.”   For three quarters of a century, Americans and Filipinos have met and overcome adversity together.  As 2020 closes, ... Read More»

Visa Update: Extending Waivers of Interview for Certain Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Applicants through March 2021

In August 2020, the Department of State has temporarily extended the expiration period requirement for interview waiver from within 12 months to 24 months. This policy is now in effect until March 31, 2021 and applicable for applicants renewing their nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines may waive the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Awards Php400,000 in Grants to Outstanding Youth Organizations for Positive Community Impact

On December 19, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines recognized the achievements of Filipino youth organizations making a positive impact on their communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters of 2020 with the YOUnified Awards Night. The winning organizations will receive a plaque and Php 50,000 grants ($1,030) from the U.S. Embassy to bolster their community initiatives.   Read More»

U.S. Embassy, USAID STRIDE, and DTI Launch FAB LABs Philippines

Manila, December 18, 2020 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) Program, and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy’s American Spaces Philippines, launched on December 18 FAB LABs Philippines, a makerspace network of nineteen FAB LAB ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments Through January 29

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through January 29, 2021 in response to the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Department of State suspended routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In July 2020, ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Coast Guard Leadership Discuss Partnership and Common Interests

Manila, December 18, 2020 — On December 17, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines hosted a virtual meeting between U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant Admiral George Ursabia, Jr. to informally discuss an array of topics, including current training programs and regional cooperation in Southeast Asia.  Each ... Read More»

U.S. Hands Over Php2.3M in Equipment and WildALERT System to Boost DENR Capacity to Protect Philippine Wildlife

Manila, December 16, 2020 — As part of its support to strengthen wildlife law enforcement and protection in the Philippines, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided essential equipment and supplies to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to boost its work in combating wildlife trafficking and providing holistic care for ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Military Personnel Partner for First Responder Training and Medical Assistance Provision in Palawan

Manila, December 16, 2020 — From December 5 to 8, members of the U.S. Civilian Military Support Element – Philippines (CMSE PHL) provided medical humanitarian assistance and conducted a first responder training in El Nido, Palawan alongside Philippine partners.  Read More»

U.S. Resumes Small Boat Operations “Train the Trainer” Program for Philippine Coast Guard

In support of U.S.-Philippine cooperation to enhance maritime law enforcement capability, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) instructors conducted a Small Boat Operations course for 16 Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) participants in Manila from November 16 to December 11, 2020.  Read More»

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Turns Over Php1.4 Billion in Military Equipment to Strengthen Security Cooperation

Manila, December 8, 2020 — Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller met with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. on December 8.  While in Manila, he announced the recent transfer of Php1.4 billion ($29.3 million) in defense articles, including sniper and anti-IED equipment, to senior Philippine military officials.  The visit demonstrates the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law and Secretary Teodoro Locsin Launch International Visitor Leadership Program 80th Anniversary Celebration

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law, U.S. Department of State Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education and Cultural Affairs Matthew Lussenhop, and Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. deliver remarks during the online launch of the IVLP 80th Anniversary Week Celebration. Manila, December 8, 2020 — On December 7, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law and Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. led ... Read More»

USAID and PBEd Partner with Construction Industry Leaders to Train More Than 5,000 Filipino Youth

Manila, December 7, 2020 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) have teamed up with Aboitiz Construction and D. M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI) – two of the biggest construction companies in the country – to provide free technical and vocational training to over 5,000 youth across ... Read More»

United States Hands Over Php3.6 Million in Anti-Drug Equipment to Bureau of Customs

BOC Commissioner Leonardo B. Guerrero (left) showcases the donated equipment along with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Country Attaché Christopher Adduci (center) and U.S. Embassy Director for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Kelia Cummins (right). Manila, December 3, 2020 — On December 3, representatives from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Narcotics and ... Read More»

United States Commits Php875 Million to Support GPH HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Efforts

Manila, December 1, 2020 – In observance of World AIDS Day, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced the launch of a new President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-funded program, which will begin this month. Through PEPFAR, the U.S. government has committed more than Php875 million ($18.2 million) over two years for U.S.-Philippines bilateral ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Convenes 3rd National Conference of the Association of Anti-Drug Abuse Coalitions of the Philippines, Inc.

Manila, November 30, 2020 – This week, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)-organized 3rd National Conference of the Anti-Drug Abuse Coalitions of the Philippines, Inc. (AADAC) will take place, in partnership with the Dangerous Drugs Board and Department of Interior and Local Government.  INL is providing Php1.6 ... Read More»

U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency Leads Chemical Security Workshop Series with Philippine Government Partners

Manila, November 27, 2020 – From October 20 to November 19, the U.S. government, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), facilitated a series of virtual Chemical Security Regulatory Development workshops for representatives of more than seven Philippine government agencies that comprise the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear ... Read More»

U.S. Strengthens Drug Demand Reduction Programs in the Philippines through Support for Outreach and Drop In Centers

Manila, November 27, 2020 – On November 25, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in collaboration with the Dangerous Drugs Board and the Colombo Plan, virtually launched a new program designed to strengthen drug demand initiatives in the Philippines by supporting four outreach and drop in centers ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of the Air Force and Top Philippine Defense Officials Discuss Alliance, Security Cooperation

Manila, November 25, 2020 — U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett met with Undersecretary for the Department of National Defense (DND) Cardozo Luna and senior Philippine military officials on Wednesday, November 25, in Manila.  Secretary Barrett’s visit reaffirms the United States’ steadfast military partnership with the Philippines, the oldest U.S. treaty ally in ... Read More»

U.S. Military Delivers Advanced Unmanned Aerial System to Philippine Navy

Manila, November 25, 2020 — Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Kimberly Kelly and representatives from the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) turned over a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to the Flag Officer in Command, Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, at Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments Through December 31

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through December 31 in response to the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March and will continue to do so as they are ... Read More»

U.S. National Security Advisor Reaffirms Alliance, Announces Military Assistance and Typhoon Relief during Philippines Visit

Manila, November 23, 2020 —U.S. National Security Advisor (NSA) Robert C. O’Brien met with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr., Secretary of Finance Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez, National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon, Undersecretary for the Department of National Defense (DND) Cardozo Luna and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief ... Read More»

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Aleisha Woodward Joins Virtual Celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Manila

Manila, November 20, 2020 — Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Policy in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Aleisha Woodward joined a virtual panel discussion on Thursday, November 19, with the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and the Department of Trade and Industry to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. The United States celebrates GEW every year ... Read More»

New Php870M USAID Project to Strengthen Water Security in Palawan, Negros Occidental, and Sarangani

(Left to right) USAID Project Management Specialist Joanne Dulce, National Economic and Development Authority Assistant Director General Roderick Planta, USAID Acting Mission Director Patrick Wesner, Safe Water Chief of Party Alma Porciuncula, USAID Environment Office Chief John Edgar, and Safe Water Deputy Chief of Party Jim Orpreocio during the MOU signing to promote water security ... Read More»

U.S. Government Supports At-Risk Communities to Mitigate COVID-19 Impact

Manila, November 19, 2020 – Through the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. government, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) launched on Wednesday, November 18 the first-ever project on “Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on At-Risk Communities” in the Philippines in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) ... Read More»

Philippines and United States Jointly Host Virtual Land Forces Seminar

On November 17 and 18, the Philippine Army and U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) will host the 44th annual Indo-Pacific Armies Management Seminar (IPAMS), the largest land forces seminar in the Indo-Pacific region. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 20 countries from across the region will participate in this years’ conference virtually. Read More»

U.S. Embassy Celebrates International Education Week

Manila, November 17, 2020  —  Every November, the United States celebrates International Education Week (IEW) to promote greater student exchange and academic collaboration.  During this IEW, we mark a year of significant achievements in strengthening U.S.-Philippine higher education cooperation through expanded university linkages and student mobility. At the core of our successful education cooperation is ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines Weather

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines November 12, 2020 Location:  Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, and Metro Manila Event:  As a result of destructive winds, torrential rainfall, and flooding caused by Typhoon Ulysses, the U.S. Embassy in Manila will close at 12 noon today, November 12, 2020.  The Embassy’s phone lines also may be affected ... Read More»

Statement of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines on the Suspension of the VFA Termination

Manila, November 12, 2020 – We welcome the Government of the Philippines’ November 11 decision to suspend termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) for another six months. The U.S.-Philippines alliance remains vital to our robust, deep-rooted bilateral relationship.  The United States will continue to partner closely with the Philippines to strengthen our mutual security ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Php9.7M of Critical Relief to Communities Affected by Super Typhoon Rolly

November 6, 2020 – The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide Php9.7 million ($200,000) to support the Philippine government’s efforts to assist families hardest hit by Super Typhoon Rolly.  More than 2 million people were affected by the typhoon, and over 1 million Filipinos are currently in government evacuation ... Read More»

EducationUSA Hosts a Series of Events for Literacy Month

Manila, November 3, 2020 —  In celebration of National Literacy Month in October, EducationUSA Philippines staged a series of educational programs designed to enhance college application literacy throughout the Philippines. On October 13, EducationUSA hosted its first virtual graduate studies fair in which 25 U.S. graduate school representatives met with 215 prospective students on Zoom. ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Severe Storms- Precautionary Measures

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: Severe Storms- Precautionary Measures October 30, 2020 Location: The Philippines Event: Severe Storms- Precautionary Measures Severe Tropical Storm‘GONI’ is headed towards eastern Luzon, Philippines.It is expected to be a Category 1 Typhoon by this weekend, with strong winds and heavy rains, and ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Reaffirm Alliance During First-Ever Virtual Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board

Manila, October 30, 2020 — Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and General Gilbert Gapay, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), led the 2020 Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB) on October 29, held virtually for the first time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches Academy for Women Entrepreneurs in the Philippines

Manila, October 28, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines launched the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) by launching a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with more than 150 women entrepreneurs and early-stage business owners in the Philippines. AWE is part of the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative to ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments Through November 30

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through November 30 in response to the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March and will continue to do so as they are ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Photo Requirements for U.S. Passport Applications

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines October 23, 2020 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Photo Requirements for U.S. Passport Applications  Poor-quality photos are the number one reason passport applications are delayed. When we receive a passport photo that does not meet  U.S. Department of State standards , we must stop processing the application, contact you to request new photos, and wait for ... Read More»

Vice President Robredo, USAID, PBEd Team Up to Provide Training to Unemployed and Out-of-School Youth

Manila, October 22, 2020 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), and the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines (OVP) today launched a partnership to provide free technical-vocational skills and employability training for over 1,000 unemployed and out-of-school Filipino youth. The OVP, through its TrabaHOPE ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Virtual Town Hall for U.S. Citizens in the Philippines

U.S. Embassy in the Philippines October 21, 2020 Message for U.S. Citizens:  Virtual Town Hall for U.S. Citizens in the Philippines Do you have questions about the services available for U.S. citizens at the U.S. Embassy in Manila or the U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu? Wondering about the status of services provided by the Federal ... Read More»

New U.S. Government Assistance Protects Philippine Communities from Natural Disasters

Manila, October 20, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided an additional Php170 million ($3.5 million) to bolster the Philippine government’s capacity to help protect high risk communities against the impacts of natural disasters. USAID will assist communities in Metro Manila, Northern Samar, and Maguindanao provinces ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Federal Voting Assistance Program Town Halls 

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Federal Voting Assistance Program Town Halls October 16, 2020 CAST YOUR VOTE! The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is offering recurring virtual voting assistance via Zoom every week to provide direct support to overseas citizens. Voters can participate in any of the meetings and speak with ... Read More»

USAID, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, LGUs, and NGOs Set Up Handwashing Facilities in Cagayan de Oro and Tagbilaran

(Clockwise from top left) USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II, Executive Director Francis Bernard Israel Batoy of the Bohol Integrated Development Foundation, Inc., Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. Founder and President Charlito Manlupig, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. President Cecile Alcantara, and Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II formalize ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Virtual NASA Space Apps Challenge in Davao, Supports Teams Across the Philippines

Manila, October 16, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with the American Corner at Ateneo de Davao University, hosted the 2020 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge in Davao October 2 to 4. The three-day program opened with a “virtual data boot camp” featuring mentors from the U.S. ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Election Day is November 3 – Submit Your Ballots Now! Voter Assistance Events in October

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: Election Day is November 3 – Submit Your Ballots Now! Voter Assistance Events in October October 13, 2020   Calling all U.S. citizen voters – Election Day is November 3!  Submit or mail in your signed, voted ballot as soon as possible. Check  www.FVAP.gov  for information about ballot ... Read More»

U.S. Government Provides Food Assistance for Conflict-Affected Families in Mindanao

Manila, October 13, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided an additional Php73 million ($1.5 million) in food assistance to support displaced families in Lanao del Sur province.  This brings the total U.S. commitment to humanitarian and recovery work in and around Marawi to more than ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Election Day is November 3 – Submit Your Ballots Now! Voter Assistance Events in October

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: Election Day is November 3 – Submit Your Ballots Now! Voter Assistance Events in October October 9, 2020 Calling all U.S. citizen voters – Election Day is November 3!  Submit or mail in your signed, voted ballot as soon as possible.  Check  www.FVAP.gov  for information about ballot submission procedures and ... Read More»

USAID Provides Laptops and Learning Materials to Support Education for Out-of-School Youth

Manila, October 7, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), turned over 150 laptop computers, printers, projectors, and 80 sets of learning materials to the Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday, October 6, as part of the United States’ ongoing commitment to support the Philippine government’s Basic Education ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Options for Notary Services during the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic 

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: Options for Notary Services during the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic October 5, 2020 In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, notary services remain suspended at the U.S. Embassy in Manila and at the Consular Agency in Cebu, including for the “Affidavit of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage.”  If ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Virtual Voting Town Hall

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Virtual Voting Town Hall October 2, 2020 Do you have questions about voting in the upcoming U.S. election?  Do you want to learn more about the voter registration process?  Do you know how to submit your voted ballot? Due to popular demand, please join us for a second Virtual ... Read More»

Hanggang Sa Muli: An Unforgettable Four Years

Hanggang Sa Muli: An Unforgettable Four Years By U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim It is with a heavy but full heart that I bid farewell to the Philippines, my home for the last four years.  As I think back to my November 2016 swearing in, I recall vividly the immense pride I felt ... Read More»

Limited Non-Emergency Passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad Services Resume

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Limited Non-Emergency Passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad Services Resume September 28, 2020 Effective  October 5, 2020, we will begin offering limited non-emergency  Consular Report of Birth Abroad  (CRBA) and  passport  services at the U.S. Embassy in Manila and limited passport services at the  U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu , by appointment only.  All notary services, including for an “Affidavit in Lieu ... Read More»

EducationUSA Networking Event Forges New U.S.-Philippine University Partnerships

Manila, September 29, 2020 — On Friday, September 18, 126 representatives from Philippine and U.S. universities met for a virtual partnerships fair hosted by EducationUSA and the Commission on Higher Education International Affairs Staff (CHED-IAS). At the event, university presidents and senior officials from 68 Philippine schools and 45 U.S. institutions heard from the U.S. ... Read More»

United States and Philippines Sign New Php10.5-Billion Agreement to Boost Economic Growth and Development

Manila, September 28, 2020 — The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Philippine Department of Finance (DOF) signed a new, five-year bilateral assistance agreement valued at more than Php10.5 billion ($213 million) to boost the country’s economic development and growth. This agreement enables USAID and the Philippines to ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments Through October 30

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled all nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist), R1 (Temporary Religious Worker), and certain J (Exchange Visitor) visa interview appointments scheduled through October 30 in response to continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Celebrate Absentee Voting Week September 27-October 4, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: Celebrate Absentee Voting Week September 27-October 4, 2020 September 23, 2020 Do you have questions about voting in the upcoming U.S. election?  Do you want to learn more about the voter registration process?  Do you know how to submit your voted ballot? For answers to these and other ... Read More»

U.S. Exchange Alumni’s COVID-19 Info Campaign Releases Materials in Filipino, Cebuano, and Hiligaynon

Manila, September 18, 2020 — As part of the ongoing AdaptPH campaign, alumni of the U.S. State Department Young Southeast Asian leaders Initiative (YSEALI) produced informational materials on COVID-19 in Filipino, Hiligaynon, and Cebuano languages.  AdaptPH is a U.S. Embassy in the Philippines-funded nationwide information campaign that encourages Filipinos to observe public safety protocols to ... Read More»

USAID Partners with the Philippine Government and Private Sector to Help Filipina Entrepreneurs Boost their Businesses

Manila, September 18, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has forged a new partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO), and the Philippine private sector to empower Filipina entrepreneurs. Together with Facebook, Shopee, and Lazada, USAID’s “Connecting Women Entrepreneurs to ... Read More»

United States Donates Animal Biosecurity Laboratory to the Department of Agriculture

Manila, September 17, 2020 – The United States, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) continues to support the government and people of the Philippines through a donation of a newly constructed Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL) in the city of Tarlac.  The laboratory will conduct surveillance and testing on local agricultural samples from ... Read More»

U.S. Government Boosts City of Manila’s Fight Against COVID-19

Manila, September 17, 2020 — U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim today visited the Delpan Quarantine Facility in Tondo, Manila, to hand over 5,000 hygiene kits and 16 handwashing stations to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno in support of the city government’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. “The U.S. government is a friend, partner, and ally of ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Don’t forget to sign and seal your ballots! September 15, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Don’t forget to sign and seal your ballots! September 15, 2020 Overseas absentee voting is fast, easy, and available anywhere in the world, but there are a few important things you must remember to do: -Sign your ballot and place it in a sealed envelope. -Include a return address ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy, DepEd Launch New Teacher Training Program

Manila, September 14, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), on Monday launched a new virtual series for teachers and educators in support of the country’s transition to digital learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.  DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio and U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

Visa Update: Interview Waiver Update for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants

The Department of State has temporarily extended the expiration period requirement for interview waiver from within 12 months to 24 months. This policy is in effect until December 31, 2020 and applicable for applicants renewing their nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. From now through December 31, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines may ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Overseas – October 5 Registration and Ballot Request Deadlines in some States September 9, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Overseas – October 5 Registration and Ballot Request Deadlines in some States September 9, 2020 Overseas absentee voting is fast, easy, and available anywhere in the world. Overseas voters who are eligible to vote can participate in all general, primary, and special elections for federal offices. Some ... Read More»

FAQs: Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services

Which additional visa services is the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines beginning to provide? The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is continuing to provide emergency, mission-critical visa services. As Philippine conditions permit, the Embassy is phasing in processing some routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa cases, for example: travelers with urgent travel needs; students (F-1, M-1, ... Read More»

Visa Update: Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services

The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As global conditions evolve, U.S. Embassies and Consulates have initiated a phased resumption of routine visa services. The resumption of routine visa services is on a post-by-post basis, in coordination with the Department’s Diplomacy Strong framework for safely ... Read More»

BFAR and USAID Host Workshop to Battle Illegal Fishing

Manila, September 2, 2020 — The U.S. and Philippine governments launched on Wednesday, September 2, a workshop attended by 135 participants to measure and understand the negative impacts of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the country. Supported by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the United States Agency for International ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (September 1, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (September 1, 2020) Location: The Philippines Event: Change in quarantine status for several regions across the Philippines. According to the Philippines government, the following quarantine classifications will be in effect September 1-30, 2020: Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ):  Mindanao – Iligan City General Community Quarantine ... Read More»

United States Provides 100 Ventilators to the Philippines to Support COVID-19 Response

Manila, August 28, 2020 — The United States donated 100 new, state-of-the-art ventilators and associated supplies to the Philippines to assist its fight against COVID-19.  U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque led the handover of the ventilators at Malacañang Palace on Friday, August 28. The donation ... Read More»

Visa Update: Cancelation of Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments Through September 30

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled all nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist), R1 (Temporary Religious Worker), H1B, H2B, H4, L (Temporary Workers and their families), and certain J (Exchange Visitor) visa categories scheduled through September 30 in response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide ... Read More»

U.S. Government Assistance to Boost Davao City’s Campaign Against COVID-19

Manila, August 26, 2020 — The U.S. government donated personal protective equipment (PPE) and hygiene kits to support Davao City’s efforts to address COVID-19.  U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim handed over the items to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio during a virtual event on Wednesday, August 26. USAID, together with U.S. company Procter ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Limited Consular Services Resume; Passport Renewal by Mail Information, August 24, 2020 

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Limited Consular Services Resume; Passport Renewal by Mail Information August 24, 2020 Effective September 1, the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Manila will resume limited provision of in-person passport services, by appointment only.  Notary services, including Affidavits In Lieu of a Certificate of Legal ... Read More»

U.S. Government Launches New Project for Out-of-School Youth in the Philippines

Manila, August 19, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a new project that will support the education, employment, and livelihood needs of at least 180,000 out-of-school youth across the Philippines. Through the five-year, Php1.9 billion ($37.5 million) Opportunity 2.0: Second-chance Opportunities for Out-of-school Youth project, the ... Read More»

A-Z to U.S. Elections

Here are some selected glossary and facts about the U.S. Presidential Elections, in alphabetical order: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ A An absentee voting ballot is filed by a voter who cannot be physically present ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (August 18, 2020)  

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (August 18, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:   Metro Manila and Four Nearby Provinces Move To General Community Quarantine (GCQ) while the Rest of the Country Remains under Modified GCQ. On August 17, Philippine President Duterte approved the recommendation of Inter-Agency Task Force for the ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Absentee Voting Week is September 27-October 4 – August 17, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Absentee Voting Week is September 27-October 4 August 17, 2020 Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In some states, voter registration and ballot request deadlines for the November 2020 are as ... Read More»

U.S. Launches New Biodiversity Project to Protect the Philippines’ Environment

Manila, August 11, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the Philippines Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes (SIBOL) project that will support the sustainable management of the country’s natural resources and combat environmental crimes. The five-year, Php1.1 billion ($22 million) project will provide support to the Philippine government ... Read More»

Alert: Updated Travel Advisory – U.S. Embassy Manila (August 7, 2020)  

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Alert: Updated Travel Advisory – U.S. Embassy Manila (August 7, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  The U.S. Department of State has updated its Philippines Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to the Philippines due to COVID-19. Additionally, exercise increased caution in the Philippines due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, a measles outbreak, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased ... Read More»

EducationUSA Prepares 78 Filipino Students for U.S. Study

Manila, August 7, 2020 — EducationUSA Philippines prepared 78 Filipino students to begin their studies at U.S. universities during its first-ever virtual pre-departure orientation (PDO) on Thursday, August 6. At the virtual event, U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim welcomed students and thanked them for the contributions they will make to U.S. classrooms and campuses.  “Each student ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Returning Election Materials through the U.S. Embassy, July 30, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Returning Election Materials through the U.S. Embassy July 30, 2020 Cast your vote!  Starting August 3, 2020, voters may drop-off completed voter forms and ballots at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila.  The ballot box will be located in front of the public entrance at the ... Read More»

U.S. Exchange Alumni Launch AdaptPH to Promote COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Manila, Philippines, August 3, 2020 — In response to the continued challenges posed by the pandemic, alumni of the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) launched AdaptPH, a nationwide campaign encouraging Filipinos to observe public protocols that help prevent the spread of COVID-19. AdaptPH’s website (www.adapt.ph) offers free downloadable information kits for local governments, public ... Read More»

Visa Update: Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services

The United States Embassy in the Philippines remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (August 3, 2020)  

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (August 3, 2020)   Location:  The Philippines Event:   Metro Manila returns to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ); Classification for other areas remain per July 30 government announcement.  Effective August 4, 2020, per Philippine President Duterte’s directive, the following areas will revert to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine ... Read More»

FAQs: Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services

Which additional visa services is the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines beginning to provide? The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is continuing to provide emergency, mission-critical visa services. As Philippine conditions permit, the Embassy will phase in processing some routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa cases, for example: travelers with urgent travel needs; students (F-1, M-1, ... Read More»

Visa Update: Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services

The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As global conditions evolve, U.S. Embassies and Consulates are beginning a phased resumption of routine visa services. U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March and will continue to do so ... Read More»

Visa Update: Visa Appointment Cancelation Through August 28

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled all nonimmigrant visa interviews except F-1 students scheduled through August 28 in response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March and will continue to do so as they are able. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (July 27, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (July 27, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Consular Services and Travel Update 1.  PASSPORTS.  The U.S. Embassy in Manila is now accepting DS-82 U.S. Passport Renewal Application for Eligible Individuals by mail only.  At this time, we are only accepting the DS-82 application.  We can only ... Read More»

U.S. Military Donates Additional Php11 Million in Medical Supplies to Philippine Frontliners

Manila, July 27, 2020 – U.S. Army and Marine Corps service members delivered an additional Php11.4 million ($230,600) in personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to hospitals in 11 cities across the Philippines, working in partnership with the Philippine Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard.  This new donation brings total U.S. government COVID-19 assistance ... Read More»

Virtual EducationUSA Law Fair Attracts Hundreds of Prospective Filipino Students

Manila, July 22, 2020 — More than 250 Filipinos interested in pursuing LL.M. (Master of Laws) degrees at world-class U. S. law schools attended EducationUSA Philippines’ first-ever virtual law university fair on Saturday, July 18. At the free virtual event, the following 15 U.S. law schools gave real-time admissions advice, industry insights, information on in-person ... Read More»

United States Donates Php14.8 Million in PPE to Philippine General Hospital and Other Medical Facilities

Manila, July 20, 2020 – The United States, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is distributing Php14.8 million ($300,000) worth of regionally-manufactured personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and COVID-19 treatment centers across the Philippines.  This latest donation brings ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Emb­assy Manila (July 16, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Emb­assy Manila (July 16, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Cebu City Under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ); Metro Manila remains under General Community Quarantine (GCQ); Other Areas reverted to GCQ while the Rest of the Country placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ)  On July 15, the Philippine ... Read More»

The Philippines’ Future Floats in the West Philippine Sea

The Philippines’ Future Floats in the West Philippine Sea By U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim The waters of the South China Sea are home to a dizzying array of marine resources, ranging from vast oil and gas reserves deep beneath the surface to the complex and beautiful ecosystems capable of supporting international seafood ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (July 6, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (July 6, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:   Corrected Status of Quarantine Levels in the Philippines This alert corrects information based on new updates.  On July 1, the Philippine government announced the below classifications for areas in the country as a continued measure against the spread ... Read More»

U.S. Independence Day: Foundational Freedoms for the Future

U.S. Independence Day: Foundational Freedoms for the Future By U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim On this day, 244 years ago, America gained her independence after a hard-fought campaign to secure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  This year, instead of a typical July 4 celebration – enjoying a barbeque under a sky of blazing ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting July 2, 2020 Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens must complete a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (July 2, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (July 2, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Cebu City Under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ); Metro Manila, Talisay City, and other areas are under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) On July 1, the Philippine government announced the below classifications for areas in the country as a continued measure ... Read More»

Visa Update: Processing of Student Visa Applications

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and the entire Department of State team are taking this issue seriously and are seeking ways to ensure that our aspiring and returning students will receive priority attention once routine visa operations can resume. In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all U.S. Embassies and consulates canceled ... Read More»

Visa Update: Visa Appointment Cancelation Through July 31

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interviews scheduled through July 31 in response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of State has suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide mission ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippines Host Virtual Counterterrorism Conference for Regional Criminal Justice Officials

Manila, June 26, 2020 – On June 23, the U.S. Embassy’s Department of Justice – Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (DOJ-OPDAT) and its Philippine Department of Justice partners hosted a virtual regional counterterrorism conference.  More than 70 prosecutors, investigators, and judges from the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and ... Read More»

Consular Update: Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) Operations

To ensure the safety of the public and U.S. Embassy employees, the Federal Benefits Unit is limiting face-to-face service to emergency appointments only until further notice. For urgent concerns and inquiries, please write to FBU.Manila@ssa.gov   and indicate the nature of your emergency. Once we approve your request for in-person service, we will schedule you an ... Read More»

Visa Update: Preparing For Your Immigrant Visa Interview

Immigrant visa applicants must ensure that visa application requirements are complete before their scheduled interview appointment: Valid passport/s + old passport with a U.S. visa (if applicable) Form DS-260 (Online Immigrant Visa Application found at http://ceac.state.gov/ceac/ ) and printout of the DS-260 confirmation page Original civil documents Medical examination results from St. Luke’s Extension Clinic (sealed ... Read More»

Visa Update: Immigrant Visa Operations

Routine visa services have been suspended at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services (such as age-out cases) for applicants who are not subject to the following presidential proclamation. On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the ... Read More»

Visa Update: Interview Waiver Program for Nonimmigrant Visas

Apply for an interview waiver rather than scheduling a visa interview to renew your B1/B2 visa. Step 1: Pay the visa application fee at www.ustraveldocs.com Step 2: Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form. Step 3: Register an account at the Visa Information and Appointment Service Center and follow the instruction(s). Step 4: Deliver your documents for Interview Waiver service to ... Read More»

Consular Update: American Citizen Services (Passport & Citizenship)

The American Citizen Services (ACS) unit continues to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.  Routine consular services remain suspended as a result of the community quarantine.  Since passport printing centers in the United States have suspended operations effective April 2, 2020, the shipment of U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) to U.S. Embassies overseas ... Read More»

Consular Update: American Citizen Services (Special Consular Services)

While the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit stands ready to provide emergency consular services to U.S. citizens at all times, in view of the National Capital Region’s continued community quarantine, routine consular services are still suspended until further notice.  We have limited staff available to handle emergency service only.  Please delay non-urgent requests and calls until routine ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Php126 Million to Support Filipino Children’s Education During Pandemic

Manila, June 18, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing Php126 million ($2.5 million) to help the Philippine government’s implementation of the Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan to advance education delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the COVID-19 emergency began, USAID and the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Technical Training on COVID-19 Testing in the Philippines

Manila, June 17, 2020 – The United States, through the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS), led a two-week molecular biology training to strengthen the COVID-19 testing capabilities of Philippine medical technologists. From June 1 to June 12, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Philippines-AFRIMS Virology Research Unit (PAVRU) trained four medical laboratory technologists ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (June 16, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (June 16, 2020) Location:  The Philippines  Event:  Cebu City placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), Talisay City under Modified ECQ (MECQ); Metro Manila and other areas remain under General Community Quarantine (GCQ)  On June 15, the Philippine government announced the below classifications for areas in the country ... Read More»

Visa Update: Visa Appointment Cancelation Through July 3

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interviews scheduled through July 3 due to the Philippine’s community quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. After the community ... Read More»

United States Donates Php54.8M in Supplies to Philippine Bureau of Fire Protection

Manila, June 9, 2020 – On June 4, the United States, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), presented a donation of Php54.8 million ($1.1 million) in sustainment supplies to the Special Response Units of the Philippine Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) National Headquarters in Quezon City. The supplies will assist the BFP in fulfilling ... Read More»

U.S. Government Announces New Mindanao-Focused COVID-19 Assistance

Manila, June 5, 2020 – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced today that the U.S. government is providing an additional Php201 million ($4 million) to help support vulnerable populations in Mindanao in the fight against COVID-19, bringing the total amount of U.S. pandemic assistance to the Philippines to over Php978 million ($19.5 million) . On June 2, U.S. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (June 3, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (June 3, 2020) Location: The Philippines Event: Philippine Bureau of Immigration Update Under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ), the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) publicly announced the following guidelines and measures aimed to achieve social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19: 1.      ... Read More»

Embassy Statement Regarding the Visiting Forces Agreement

Manila, June 2, 2020 — On June 1, the Government of the Philippines notified the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines of its decision to suspend termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement. The United States welcomes the Philippine government’s decision.  Our long-standing alliance has benefited both countries, and we look forward to continued close security and ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (June 1, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (June 1, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event: The Philippine Government Announces General Community Quarantine (GCQ) for Metro Manila and Other Areas: According to the Philippine government, the following locations have been placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from June 1 to 15: Pangasinan; Region 2 (Cagayan Valley); Region ... Read More»

U.S.-Backed Online Delivery Platform Connects Agricultural Producers with Filipino Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Manila, June 1, 2020 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is supporting Philippine government efforts to help Filipino farmers transport their produce to key markets and address urgent food security issues. USAID worked closely with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the ... Read More»

Visa Update: New Bank and Payment Options for Applicants

Effective June 1, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines will change its banking partner to Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) from Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).  Visa applicants should pay the non-refundable, non-transferable Machine Readable Visa (MRV) application fee at any RCBC branch.  To find an RCBC branch, please visit their website at ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 30, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 30, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  LAST DAY to Register for Special May 31 Flight to JFK International Airport, New York City U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  Philippine Airlines (PAL) still has seats available for a flight departing Manila for JFK International ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 29, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 29, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Special May 31 Flight to JFK International Airport, New York City U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  Philippine Airlines (PAL) still has seats available for a flight departing Manila for JFK International Airport in New York City on Sunday, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 28, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 28, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Special May 31 Flight to JFK International Airport, New York City U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  Philippine Airlines (PAL) has limited seats available for a flight departing Manila for JFK International Airport in New York City on Sunday, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 27, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 27, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Special May 31 Flight to JFK International Airport, New York City U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  Philippine Airlines (PAL) has limited seats available for a flight departing Manila for JFK International Airport in New York City on Sunday, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 25, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 25, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  LAST DAY to book Manila to Los Angeles for May 26: U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  There are still seats available for the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight departing Manila for Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 26.  Call ... Read More»

United States and Philippines Honor Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

Manila, May 25, 2020 – On Memorial Day, the United States and the Philippines are one in honoring the Filipinos and Americans who served valiantly during the liberation of the Philippines in World War II. In a video message, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana honored the men and ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 24, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 24, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Seats Available for the May 26 Manila to Los Angeles Flight: U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  There are still seats available for the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight departing Manila for Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 26.  Call ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 21, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 21, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  ONLY 12 HOURS LEFT to Register Interest in May 26 Special Philippine Airlines Flights: U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  The deadline to register your interest in the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights ... Read More»

More than 120 Filipinos Join EducationUSA’s Second Annual Media Summit

Manila, May 20, 2020 — More than 120 Filipino students and working professionals participated in the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ second annual EducationUSA Media Summit on May 14.  The virtual event featured speakers from the New York Film Academy (NYFA) and University of Southern California (USC), and covered college application strategies and communication and ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 19, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 19, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Additional MNL-LAX Flight Added For May 26: U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents in the Philippines:  An additional special Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight from Manila to Los Angeles has been added for May 26.  The deadline to register your ... Read More»

U.S. Military Provides Php10 Million in Medical Supplies to Philippine Frontliners

Manila, May 19, 2020 – Service members from the U.S. Army, Marines, and Air Force delivered over Php10 million ($203,000) in personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to hospitals in ten provinces across the Philippines, working in partnership with the Philippine Coast Guard, Army, Marines, and Air Force.  This new donation brings total U.S. ...