Visaed crewlists required
All vessels with crew members whose nationalities fall under categories B and C of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Advisory on Entry Visas of Visitors to the Philippines dated January 8, 2002, are required to have visaed crewlists and be subject to continuous underguarding while within Philippine territory.
According The Philippines' Bureau of Immigration memorandum circularNo.ADD-02-001 dated March 29, 2002, 46 countries fall under under categories B and C of the DFA Advisory.
They are: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Peoples Republic of China, Croatia (regular passport holders only - diplomatic and official passport holders do not need entry visas), Cuba (regular passport holders only - diplomatic and official passport holders do not need entry visas), East Timor, Egypt, Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgzstan, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Moldova, Nauru, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Russian Federation, Sierra Leone, Slovenia (regular passport holders only - diplomatic and official passport holders do not need entry visas), Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikstan, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Yemen and Yugoslavia (regular passport holders only - diplomatic and official passport holders do not need entry visas).
The memorandum adds that "all other vessels with crewmembers not falling under categories B and C of the said DFA advisory which are properly visaed shall be subject to Muster-In and Muster-Out only if calling at ports within fifteen (15) kilometers radius from any Immigration Office. Otherwise, they are subject to continuous guarding by an Immigration Office only, from the time of arrival in the country up to the time of Immediate departure from the country.
If a vessel with crew members not falling under said categories arrives into the country without a visaed crewlist, it will be subject to continuous underguarding by an Immigration Officer to act as Inspector and/or Immigration Personel to act as Guard/s at the same ratio imposed on categories B and C nationals.
In addition to the legitimate charges of the assigned Immigration Officers and Guards, the Masters, Agents and/or Consignees of said vessels are also required to pay the corresponding visa fee in addition to fines that may be imposed by the undersigned upon recommendation of the Immigration Regulation Division Chief after submission of relevant report by the assigned Boarding Immigration Officer."