“…foreign tourists, non-immigrant visa holders…will be turned back if they land in any of our ports of entry,”

Immigraton Commissioner, Jamie Morente

The BI chief issued the statement upon learning that immigration offices at the airports and other field offices of the Bureau were being swamped with calls and queries from persons who wrongly thought that the country has opened its doors to all foreigners.

He appealed to the public to stop spreading fake news that all foreigners are now welcome to enter the Philippines as it will only sow confusion, and create chaos in our airports if there is a sudden surge in the arrival of foreigners still covered by the travel ban.

Medina also stressed that foreigners married to Filipinos and their dependents, as well as foreign diplomats, can also come here as earlier resolved by the IATF.

“We are therefore advising the different airlines to take note of these latest travel guidelines so that they can accordingly inform their foreign customers who may wish to book their flights to the Philippines,” the BI official said.

The immigration bureau also issued guidelines 20 July 2020 (Facebook post) on what more should be learned with new restrictions on top of the one mentioned in this article. These are:

  • TEMPORARY ARRIVAL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS – ‘only the following shall be allowed to enter the Philippines:
    • Filipinos, their foreign spouse and children of Filipino nationals (with documentary proof)
    • Accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents
    • Foreign airline crew members and seafarers
      • (Beginning 01Aug2020, foreign nationals with long-term visas shall be allowed upon compliance with the four (4) IATF-EID conditions)
        1. Must have a valid and existing visa at the time of entry
        2. With pre-booked accredited quarantine facility;
        3. With pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider;
        4. Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers as set by the National Task Force for COVID-19.
  • FOREIGN NATIONALS WITH THE FOLLOWING VISAS SHALL BE ALLOWED ENTRY IN THE PHILIPPINES, pursuant to IATF-EID Resolution No. 56 Series of 2020 dated 16 July 2020 beginning 01 August 2020:
    1. Section 13 Series visa [sec. 13; sec 13 (a);sec 13 (b);sec 13 (c);sec 13 (d);sec 13 (e); sec 13 (g)]
    2. RA 7919 Visa
    3. EO 324 Visa
    4. Native-born Visa
  • TEMPORARY DEPARTURE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS — only the following shall be allowed to exit the Philippines:
    • Foreign nationals
    • Overseas Filipino workers*
    • Permanent visa holders*
    • Students enrolled abroad and participants accepted in exchange visitor programs*
      • Note: Beginning 22July2020, non-essential outbound travelers shall be allowed upon compliance with the 5 IATF-EID conditions
        1. Submission of confirmed round-trip tickers for those traveling on a tourist visa;
        2. Adequate travel and health insurance to cover rebooking and accommodation expenses if stranded, and hospitalization in case of infection, in such as may be determined by the Department of Tourism (DOT);
        3. Allowed entry by the destination country in accordance with their travel, health and quarantine restrictions;
        4. Execution of a Declaration acknowledging the risks involved in traveling, including risk of delay in their return trip, to b provided for in the check-in counters by the airlines; and
        5. Upon return, shall follow the Guidelines of Returning Overseas Filipinos of the National Task Force for COVID-19;

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