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 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»

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated:  10/22/2021 All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days 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 ... 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»

Visa Update: Expansion of Interview Waiver Eligibility for Certain Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Applicants through December 2021

On March 11, 2021, the Department of State has temporarily extended the expiration period requirement for interview waiver to 48 months.  This policy is now in effect until December 31, 2021 and applicable for applicants renewing their nonimmigrant visa in the same classification.  The full text of the announcement is located on our website at ... 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»

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. ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 18, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  LAST DAY to Register Interest in Special Philippine Airlines Flights (Two Sweeper Flights Added): U.S. Citizens in the Philippines:  The deadline to register your interest in the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco ... Read More»

U.S. and Philippine Governments Partner to Speed Up Distribution of SAP Subsidies

Manila, May 18, 2020 – The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), formally launched the “ReliefAgad” web application on May 14 to speed up the distribution of financial assistance to Filipinos affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 17, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 17, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  DEADLINE APPROACHING to Register Interest in Special Philippine Airlines Flights: U.S. Citizens in the Philippines:  The deadline to register your interest in the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco and/or sweeper flights ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 15, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 15, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event: The Philippine Government Announces Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) for Metro Manila, Laguna, and Cebu City: The Philippine government announced that Metro Manila, Laguna, and Cebu City will transition from an ECQ to a Modified ECQ on May 16 ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 15, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 15, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Two Special Flights to Assist Stranded U.S. Citizens: U.S. citizens in the Philippines:  Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced that there will now be TWO dedicated user-pay flights to the United States: May 21 from Manila to Los Angeles, with two ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 14, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 14, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Typhoon Vongfong (local name Ambo) is expected to make landfall in Samar the afternoon or early evening of May 14.  It continues to intensify while moving west at 15 kph, with maximum sustained winds of 155 kph near the center ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 14, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 14, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Deadline to Register Interest in Second Round of Flights to Assist Stranded U.S. Citizens: U.S. citizens in the Philippines:  the deadline to register your interest in the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) May 21 dedicated user-pay flights to Los Angeles ... Read More»

U.S. Holds Virtual Workshop on Counterterrorism Collaboration During COVID-19 in the Philippines

Manila, May 13, 2020 – Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Department of Justice in the Philippines, and a Philippine Judge participated in a virtual workshop on counterterrorism hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (DOJ-OPDAT) in the Philippines on May 11.  The ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 12, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 12, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Second Round of Flights to Assist Stranded U.S. Citizens: Based on the overwhelming response to the May 9 sweeper flights and direct flights to Los Angeles, the U.S. Embassy is again partnering with Philippine Airlines (PAL) to offer another ... Read More»

United States and Philippines Partner to Support Fisherfolk During COVID-19

Manila, May 12, 2020 – The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has developed an online platform to enable Filipino fisherfolk to sell their produce to consumers amid the ongoing COVID-19 community quarantine. Created as part of USAID’s Fish Right project, Fish Tiangge is an online marketplace that can connect ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Php298 Million in New COVID-19 Assistance to the Philippines

Manila, May 7, 2020 – The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced today that the U.S. government is providing an additional Php298 million ($5.9 million) to help support the Philippines in the fight against COVID-19, bringing the total amount of U.S. pandemic assistance to the Philippines to more than Php768 million ($15.2 million). As part ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 5, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 5, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  24 HOURS LEFT to Register Interest in Special Philippine Airlines Flight: U.S. Citizens in the Philippines:  There are 24 hours left to register your interest in the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) May 9 flight to LAX and/or ... Read More»

EducationUSA, CHED Lead Virtual Capacity-Building Program for 76 Philippine Universities

Manila, May 5, 2020 — EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official source of information on U.S. higher education, in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED), held the fourth installment of its year-long program, “Pathways to Opportunity: EdUSA-CHED Speaker Series on Internationalization,” on Wednesday, April 29.  More than 90 CHED officials, university presidents, directors, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 4, 2020)

 United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 4, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  U.S. Embassy and Philippine Airlines (PAL) Partner to Assist Stranded U.S. Citizens (SURVEY DEADLINE EXTENDED): Due to overwhelming demand for the special May 9 PAL flights to assist stranded U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, PAL has ... Read More»

Our Enduring Partnership: Working Together To Defeat COVID-19

Our Enduring Partnership: Working Together To Defeat COVID-19 by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim Today’s global pandemic severely affects public health, economies and our daily lives.  Yet even in these trying times, the resilience and courage of the Philippine people continue to inspire me.  From the terrorist attack on Marawi, through devastating ... Read More»

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

 United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 3, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event: Deadline to Register Interest in Special Philippine Airlines Flight: U.S. citizens in the Philippines:  Deadline to register your interest in the special Philippine Airlines (PAL) May 9 flight to LAX and/or sweeper flights closes at 8:00 p.m. tonight.  ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (May 1, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  U.S. Embassy and Philippine Airlines Partner to Assist Stranded U.S. Citizens: U.S. citizens in the Philippines:  We are partnering with Philippine Airlines (PAL) for a dedicated user-pay flight to Los Angeles on Saturday, May 9, including sweeper flights to Manila ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 30, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  U.S. Embassy and Philippine Airlines Partner to Assist Stranded U.S. Citizens: The U.S. Embassy and Philippine Airlines (PAL) have partnered together to assist stranded U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States.  We are surveying ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 26, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 26, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Breaking News – Additional Sweeper Flights to Manila on Tuesday, April 28: There may be a limited number of seats available on a first-come first-served basis for U.S. citizens on sweeper flights to Manila on April 28 from Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Bohol, and Tacloban. If you have ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures

  (first published on state.gov ) Secretary Pompeo launched the U.S.-ASEAN Health Futures initiative. Health Futures captures our existing and ongoing work with ASEAN on public health and lays the groundwork for long-term partnership, targeted assistance, and a renewed focus on our most fundamental resource – the health and wellbeing of our combined one billion people. ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 24, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) Extended Until May 15, 2020: Based on the Inter-Agency Task Force’s recommendation, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced the ECQ extension for the following high-risk administrative regions, provinces, or areas until May 15, 2020: The National Capital ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 23, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 23, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Breaking News – Sweeper Flights to Manila on Tuesday, April 28: There are a limited number of seats for U.S. citizens available on sweeper flights to Manila on April 28 from Davao, Iloilo, and Tacloban. If you have an existing international flight reservation in the coming ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Php269 Million in New COVID-19 Assistance, Total Aid Exceeds Php470 Million

Manila, April 22, 2020 — The U.S. government approved an additional Php269 million ($5.3 million) in health and humanitarian assistance to help support the Philippines in the fight against COVID-19, bringing total U.S. assistance to the Philippines to more than Php470 million ($9.3 million).  The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  NEW Cebu Sweeper Flight to Manila on Tuesday, April 21: The U.S. Embassy just received information regarding an additional flight from Cebu to Manila at 9:30 AM on April 21. Seats are available for U.S. citizens on PR5846 which will depart Cebu at 9:30 ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020) Location:  Siargao, Philippines Event:  Siargao Sweeper Flight to Manila on Thursday, April 23: Seats are available for U.S. citizens on a sweeper flight from Siargao to Manila planned for April 23. Register for the flight by emailing the Belgian Consulate at  manila@diplobel.fed.be . The cost ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Veterans Affairs (VA) Operations: The VA Benefit Office and Outpatient Clinic is closed to the public due to the enhanced community quarantine.  For VA benefits, all claims are being rerouted to offices in the United States to insure ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 20, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flights to Manila on Tuesday, April 21: Seats are available for U.S. citizens on sweeper flights to Manila planned for tomorrow, April 21 from Cebu, Davao, and Iloilo. For Cebu and Iloilo, register for the flight by visiting a Philippine Airlines (PAL) city or airport ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 17, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 17, 2020) Location:  Davao, Philippines Event:   Davao Sweeper Flight to Manila on Saturday, April 18 Extra Seats Now Available for April 18 Davao Sweeper Flight:  Philippine Airlines (PAL) has upgraded to a larger plane for tomorrow’s Davao sweeper flight.  There are now extra seats ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 17, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 17, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flights to Manila on Saturday, April 18 (Update) Reminders for April 18 Sweeper Flight Travelers:  Registration for the April 18 sweeper flights has closed.  Philippine Airlines (PAL) will reach out directly to those who registered for tomorrow’s sweeper flights. ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 16, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flights to Manila on Saturday, April 18 (Update): Sweeper flights to Manila are planned for April 18 from Bacolod, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Caticlan, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Leyte, Puerto Princesa, and Siargao. Register for the flight with Philippine ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 16, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flights to Manila on Saturday, April 18: Sweeper flights to Manila are planned for April 18 from Bacolod, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Caticlan, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Leyte, Puerto Princesa, and Siargao. Register for the flight with Philippine Airlines ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 14, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 14, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Quarantine Certificates: When purchasing airline tickets, airlines may ask travelers to provide a Quarantine Certificate.  The Bureau of Quarantine issues this certificate in larger cities, e.g. Cebu and Davao.  For other areas, travelers should inquire with the Provincial, City, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 13, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 13, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  The Philippine Airlines (PAL) Ticket Office at the Davao Airport opened at 3:00 PM today, April 13. Sweeper Flights to Manila on April 14: PAL has assured the U.S. Embassy that U.S. citizens may purchase tickets for these flights, as long as seats are ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 13, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 13, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flights to Manila on April 14: Sweeper flights to Manila are planned for the morning of April 14th from Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, and Puerto Princessa. Book your tickets directly with a Philippine Airlines (PAL) ticket office. For ... Read More»

U.S. Donates COVID-19 Relief Supplies

Manila, April 10, 2020 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim announced today the U.S. government’s donation of nearly 1,300 new cots to support the Philippine government’s response to COVID-19.  Ambassador Kim stated, “I’m pleased to be able to hand over these new cots, on behalf of the U.S. government, to our Philippine partners.  We stand together with ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 9, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 9, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) Launches COVID-19 Hotline: DOH is providing free telemedicine consultations for patients who need COVID-19 medical advice or other non-COVID-19 primary care consultations. National Capital Region residents can call the 24/7 hotline at (02) 8424-1724 or (02) ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 8, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 8, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  The Philippine Government Extends Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) Until April 30: The Philippine Government encourages the public to follow the government’s stay-at-home orders as it implements the extension of the Luzon-wide ECQ until April 30. Consider your plan to shelter in place:   We ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 7, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 7, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  International Flights: International commercial flight options currently exist in the Philippines.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 6, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) lists the following community quarantine areas: Luzon Baguio – starting March 16 until April 15 Cagbalete Island – starting March 10 until March 23 Cainta, Rizal – starting March 15 until April 14 Catanduanes – starting March 15 until April 14 Cavite – starting March 17, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 5, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 5, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) Update: The PRA Head Office and Satellite Offices are closed until further notice.  Inquiries may be sent to the following email addresses or mobile numbers: For Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) holders: Email address:  servicing@pra.gov.ph Mobile number: +63-917-855-6354 ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 4, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 4, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  International Flights: International commercial flight options currently exist in the Philippines.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 3, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Face Masks Required in Enhanced Community Quarantine Areas: On April 2, the Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases announced the mandatory wearing of face masks in areas placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Anyone in ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 3, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  International Flights Departing from Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on April 3: The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) updates their Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/MIAAGovPh/ ) with scheduled international flights.  Listed below are the scheduled departures for April 3. CX 906    MNL-HKG    ETD 1045 BR ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 2, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Clark International Airport Announces Airport Closing Beginning April 3, 2020 Clark will suspend all commercial flights, effective April 3, 2020. Point-to-point (P2P) bus operations will also be temporarily suspended. Flights are expected to resume as the travel restriction eases. Clark ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 1, 2020) Location:  Siargao, Philippines Event:  Potential Sweeper Flight Siargao-Manila on April 4 – Update All interested U.S. citizens who have not yet emailed  ACSInfoManila@state.gov  should do so immediately.  Please use the subject line: SIARGAO FLIGHT. Please include the following information for all U.S. citizens wishing to take this ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 31, 2020) Location:  Siargao, Philippines Event:  Potential Sweeper Flight Siargao-Manila on April 3 or 4 All interested travelers should immediately send an email to  ACSInfoManila@state.gov  with the subject line: SIARGAO FLIGHT. Please include the following information for all travelers wishing to take this flight:  full name ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 31, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  According to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI): Temporary visitor visa holders who have stayed in the country for less than one year may secure their Emigration Clearance Certificates (ECCs) at the international airports. BI will temporarily allow foreign nationals with ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 30, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flight Cebu-Manila on March 30 – UPDATE There are still seats available on today’s 1:30 PM (March 30) Cebu-Manila sweeper flight. All interested travelers need to go immediately to the Mactan Cebu Airport to sign up and buy ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 29, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Consider your plan to shelter in place:   While the U.S. Embassy is exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions, we strongly encourage U.S. citizens to make necessary preparations if staying in the Philippines during the quarantine period.  Please comply with ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 29, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flight Cebu-Manila on March 30 – UPDATE The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) and Mactan Cebu Airport Terminal provided the following UPDATES: Philippine Airlines (PAL) has confirmed a Cebu-Manila sweeper flight scheduled for Monday, March 30 at 1330H (1:30 PM). There ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 28, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  Potential Sweeper Flight Cebu-Manila – UPDATE Mactan Cebu Airport Terminal relayed the following UPDATE: Foreign nationals wishing to take the Cebu-Manila Philippine Airlines sweeper flight will now be allowed to enlist through email instead of inquiring and signing up in person ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 28, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  While the U.S. Embassy is exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions, we strongly encourage U.S. citizens to make necessary preparations if staying in the Philippines during the quarantine period.  Please comply with local quarantine requirements and strictly follow local ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 28, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  Potential Sweeper Flight Cebu-Manila Mactan Cebu Airport Terminal relayed the following: A sweeper flight from Cebu to Manila may be arranged if there are at least 199 foreign nationals to fill the flight.  Currently, an additional 50 foreign national travelers are required. ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 27, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Consider your plan to shelter in place:  While the U.S. Embassy is exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions, we strongly encourage U.S. citizens to make necessary preparations if staying in the Philippines during the quarantine period.  Please comply with local ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 26, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 26, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  All Flights to Operate Out of Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 Beginning March 28, 2020: As more and more air carriers suspend operations due to COVID-19, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is streamlining its operations concentrating remaining ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 26, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 26, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  Mactan Cebu Airport Terminal relayed the following: There is a 2nd sweeper flight from Philippine Airlines today, March 26, 2020, departing Cebu to Manila.  Passengers must show proof of an outbound international flight out of Manila or a hotel reservation in ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 26, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 26, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Most international flights to be suspended:  Several airlines have already suspended or indicated intent to suspend international flights until April 14, 2020, or until further notice.  While the U.S. Embassy has been making every effort possible to assist U.S. citizens ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 25, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  Mactan Cebu Airport Terminal relayed the following: There is a potential sweeper flight from Philippine Airlines tomorrow, March 26, 2020, departing Cebu to Manila.  Passengers must show proof of an outbound international flight out of Manila or a hotel reservation in ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 25, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Most international flights to be suspended:  Several airlines have already suspended or indicated intent to suspend international flights until April 14, 2020, or until further notice.  While the U.S. Embassy has been making every effort possible to assist ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines (March 24, 2020) Location: The Philippines Event:  The U.S. Embassy has been advised that sweeper flights operated by Cebu Pacific Airlines will be available on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and Thursday, March 26, 2020. Please contact Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) representatives directly at the respective departure ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines (March 24, 2020)  Location: Cebu, Philippines Event: U.S. Consular Agency in Cebu Operating Hours The government of the Philippines has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little ... Read More»

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

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 24, 2020) Location:  Cebu, Philippines Event:  Mactan-Cebu International Airport relayed the following: There are confirmed sweeper flights from Philippine Airlines today, March 24, 2020, departing Cebu to Manila only, open to U.S. citizens with an outbound international flight out of Manila within up to five ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 23, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 23, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  Cebu Sweeper Flights – The U.S. Embassy has been advised by Philippine local authorities that there may be “sweeper” flights available tomorrow, March 24, 2020, from Cebu.  For more information and seat reservations, please immediately contact the Mactan Cebu International ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 22, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (March 22, 2020) Location:  Siargao, Philippines Event:  Sweeper Flights are available today from Siargao.  The U.S. Embassy has been advised by the Philippine Department of Tourism that the following flights are available today: Philippine Airlines 86 seats March 22, 2020 Depart Clark 10 a.m. Arrive ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 17, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 17, 2020) Location:  The Philippines Event:  The government of the Philippines has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. On March 16, the government of ... Read More»

U.S., DOH Partner to Combat COVID-19 in the Philippines

Manila, March 17, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines announced today that the U.S. government has committed more than Php139 million ($2.7 million) to support the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) in its response to COVID-19 in the country. The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will collaborate with ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 17, 2020)

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines, March 17, 2020 Location: Manila Event:  The U.S. Embassy is closed for all services today, March 17, due to the Government of the Philippines announcement of an enhanced community quarantine for Luzon.  More information will be provided as soon as possible. Actions to Take: Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov  for the latest ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 14, 2020)

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines, March 14, 2020 Location:  The Philippines Event:  The government of the Philippines has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The government of the Philippines has also announced that there will be no domestic land, air, or sea travel to or from Metro Manila from March ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines (March 13, 2020)

Location:  The Philippines Event: The government of the Philippines has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The government of the Philippines has announced that there will be no domestic land, air, or sea travel to or from Metro Manila from March 15, 2020 until April 14, 2020, subject to the government of ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Dumaguete City Outreach Canceled – March 20, 2020 (Updated Copy)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Dumaguete City Outreach Canceled – March 20, 2020 (Updated Copy) Due to the recent Philippine government announcement suspending all domestic air, sea, and land travel to and from Metro Manila, the Outreach has been canceled until further notice. ____________________________ For further information: See the State Department’s ... Read More»

U.S. Coast Guard Conducts “Train the Trainer” Course with Philippine Coast Guard

Manila, March 9, 2020 — As part of ongoing U.S.-Philippine cooperation to enhance maritime law enforcement capability, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) instructors conducted a Small Boat Operations course for eight Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) participants in Manila from February 24 to March 6. “It’s a great exchange of professional knowledge between USCG and PCG.  It ... Read More»

Filipina Professor Chosen to Conduct Research at U.S. Physical Sciences Laboratory

Maryland, USA, March 8, 2020 — A graduate student and faculty member of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) Biological Sciences Department has been chosen to conduct research as a short-term scholar at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Jessica Asuncion will carry out research in the Biomolecular Measurement Division ... Read More»

USAID and PBEd Partner with McDonald’s Philippines to Offer Work-Based Training Positions for 5,000 Youth

(L-R) U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim joins Chona Torre, Senior Vice President, Human Capital Group, McDonald’s Philippines; Kenneth Yang, President and CEO, McDonald’s Philippines; Dr. George Yang, Chairman and Founder, McDonald’s Philippines; Love Basillote, Executive Director, PBEd; USAID Philippines’ Education Specialist Mir Tillah; Ramon del Rosario, Chair, PBED; Department of Labor and Employment Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and PDEA Team Up for Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign

Manila, March 6, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have teamed up to launch a nationwide campaign to combat drug use in the country. During a ceremony hosted by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday, March 5, PDEA National Capital Region (NCR) Director Joel Plaza ... Read More»

EducationUSA Fairs in Manila and Cebu Attract Hundreds of Filipino Youth

Manila, March 5, 2020 — EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official resource for students interested in pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States, welcomed representatives of 26 accredited U.S. universities and colleges to its annual university fairs in Manila and Cebu on February 27 and 28, respectively.  Nearly 1,100 students, parents, and educators joined the ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Dumaguete City Outreach – March 20, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines Message for U.S. Citizens:  Dumaguete City Outreach – March 20, 2020 The U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be providing U.S. citizen services in Dumaguete City on March 20, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The ACS team will be accompanied by a representative from the U.S. Department of Veterans ... Read More»

USAID Launches First Mindanao Youth Innovation Summit

Manila, March 4, 2020 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on March 3 launched the YOUth Innovate! Summit to engage and recognize young innovators in Mindanao, especially those directly affected by the 2017 Marawi Siege. The summit, organized by USAID and Plan International, highlighted the innovation ideas of 22 youth groups, and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches Campaign to Raise Public Awareness About Consular Work

Manila, March 3, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is launching this year its “Pros in Cons” (Professionals in Consular) information campaign, which will raise awareness about immigrant and non-immigrant visa services and operations, debunk myths and combat disinformation about consular services. The “Pros in Cons” campaign is a key component of the ... Read More»