PHILIPPINES – Offices to close during ASEAN Summit

Those in need of immigration services should expect delays during the summit next week.

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IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Government offices will be closed in Manila, Bulacan or Pampanga for three days next week when the Philippines hosts the ASEAN Summit. 

What does the change mean? Those in need of immigration services should expect delays.

  • Implementation time frame: Nov. 13-15.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas, permits and other immigration-related government services. 
  • Who is affected: Anyone in need of immigration services in Manila, Bulacan, and Pampanga.
  • Business impact: Businesses may need to make minor adjustments because of the office closures. 

Background: The Philippines will play host to the 31st ASEAN Summit next week, with thousands expected to converge in Manila and other cities hosting events. Nov. 13, 14 and 15 will all be public holidays and government offices will be closed. Travel delays are also possible during the summit because of the high number of visitors and increased security measures.

BAL Analysis: Those in need of immigration services should expect delays during the summit next week.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in the Philippines. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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