STATEMENT: CONSULAR OUTREACH MISSIONS FOR 2020

In view of the evolving situation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the speed with which it has been spreading around the world, the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC has postponed the Consular Outreach Missions for the Cayman Islands and The Bahamas this March.

Given the growing health concerns over COVID-19, and considering the paramount importance of ensuring the health and safety of our consular staff and the transacting public, the Embassy will make a determination on whether to postpone future outreach missions no later than thirty (30) days before each mission’s currently published schedule. Clients are requested to wait for such determination before making any travel plans or filing for any leaves of absence.

As we have emphasized in postponing the Cayman and Bahamas outreach missions, the Philippine Embassy remains fully committed to providing efficient and effective consular services to our kababayan within its consular jurisdiction. Any and all decisions to postpone an outreach mission will not be taken lightly; nor without due and comprehensive consultations with appropriate authorities and stakeholders.

We are fully aware that these postponements may impact those whose passports have expired or are about to expire, particularly if one has to travel (to the extent such is still possible under the circumstances) or renew his work permit/authorization. The Embassy is currently consulting with authorities in Manila to explore all the options available to consular clients in view of the extraordinary circumstances that necessitated the postponement of the outreach missions, especially to the Caribbean.

The Consular Team can answer questions & assist with any concerns, through email at consular@phembassy-us.org and FB messenger at ConGen WDC.###

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