The Philippines extends its travel ban on foreigners till the end of April as it fights a sudden surge of coronavirus infections, Malacañang said on Friday.
The travel ban was implemented last March 22 and was set to be lifted on April 21, 2021. But due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country, the Inter-Agency Task Force has no choice but to extend the ban until April 30.
On the other hand, foreigners with entry exemption documents issued before March 22 are now allowed to enter the country, says the Bureau of Immigration (BI) this Saturday.
Jaime Morente, the Immigration Commissioner, said that entry exemption documents issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs to foreign nationals are now allowed to enter the Philippines despite extending the travel restriction.
Though Filipino Citizens with Balikbayan privilege and other foreigners are still prohibited to enter the Philippines, Morente noted.
"The foreign parent, spouse, and children of Filipinos may enter the country, provided they are traveling with the Filipino principal, and have a valid entry visa," Morente said.
BI added that based on the policy of the national government, there are some foreigners exempted from the travel, and those include:
- Members of international organizations and their dependents,
- Foreigners involved in medical repatriation,
- Foreign seafarers under green lane programs for a crew change,
- Foreign spouses and children of Filipinos traveling with them,
- and emergency or humanitarian cases
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Sources: Inquirer.Net, ABS-CBN News