Public Advisory: Beware of Visa and Entry Exemption Scams

PASAY CITY 08 July 2021 — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advises foreign nationals requesting exemption from the current suspension of visa issuance that the DFA does not collect any fees from entry exemption documents (EED) applicants, except the visa fee which is paid to the issuing Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad. An EED is free of charge to all qualified applicants duly endorsed by national government agencies.

Foreign nationals and their sponsoring entities in the Philippines are advised to be wary of individuals, groups, establishments or companies that offer facilitation services or sponsorship letters for a fee for the issuance of EEDs. The DFA disavows any connection with such entities and encourages those who have been approached or victimized by these scammers to report them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All requests for entry exemptions are vetted and endorsed by national government agencies and offices based on their assessment and evaluation of the urgency and necessity of travel to the Philippines prior to the issuance of an EED by the DFA. The DFA itself does not issue sponsorship or invitation letters.

The Entry Exemption Document (EED) mechanism is an extraordinary measure to allow the entry of essential travelers pursuant to the visa issuance policy laid out by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). END