Foreigners that have valid visas are now allowed to enter the Philippines even with the travel restriction implemented to prevent a more contagious COVID-19 variant, said Malacañang on Friday. But must follow the strict health and quarantine protocols.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF -EID) in Resolution 95, has identified certain foreigners that are allowed to enter the Philippines. Those include are the personnel of accredited international organizations, and spouse and minor children of Filipino Citizens, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
"Those who arrive for medical and emergency cases, including their medical escorts, if any, are now subject to applicable testing and quarantine protocols as prescribed by the Department of Health (DOH)",
Because of the confirmed cases of B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 variant, also known as the United Kingdom (UK) variant, the Philippines extended the travel ban on over 30 countries until the end of January.
Countries included in the travel ban are the following: UK, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, the United States, Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, Brazil, Austria, Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and Hungary
After the first case of the new variant in the country, the travel restriction was implemented.
Department of Foreign Affairs warns the public against possible individuals who might give fake travel exemptions to foreigners wanting to enter the Philippines.
Strict Testing, quarantine rules
“From the strict observation of an absolute 14-day facility-based quarantine period for Filipino citizens coming from areas where travel restrictions are in place, the IATF amended this to prescribed testing and quarantine protocols.,” said Roque.
Quarantine protocols and testing has been amended for the Filipinos that are coming from countries that are included in the travel ban list, assured Roque.
Furthermore, Filipino citizens who have highly exceptional and/or have medical reasons and local diplomats will undergo applicable quarantine protocols as prescribed by the DOH.
He added, passengers coming from travel banned countries will be tested upon their arrival and quarantined until the result of the test is released on its fifth day.