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New, Travel Entry Restrictions To The Philippines during the coronavirus pandemic that will take effect on December 7, 2020.

The Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, released on November 26 the new updated entry restrictions to the Philippines.
The persons permitted entry to the Philippines starting December 7, 2020 are the following individuals.

  1. Filipino citizens’ foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them.
  2. Also permitted is the entry of former Filipino citizens, including their spouses and children, regardless of age, who are travelling with them.
    The entry of these persons will be subject to conditions such as, they are allowed visa-free entry under Executive Order No. 408, series of 1960.
    The visa-free entry, is under the Balikbayan Program of the Philippines, enacted in November 1989, to attract and encourage overseas Filipinos to visit the Philippines. Learn more about the Balikbayan Program of the Philippines in our next video.
    The restriction of the Visa-free entry to the Philippines is, allowing a foreign passport holder to remain in the Philippines for a period of one year.

Another entry restriction is…..
persons entering the Philippines are required a pre-booked quarantine facility and a pre-booked COVID-19 testing at a laboratory, operating at the airport. They, too, must be subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry.

Upon entry, passengers are required to undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test at the airport. 

For other passengers that pre-booked covid testing is not required before departure, you can pay at the airport in cash basis only prior to testing. Costs vary according to the test given and the medical facility.

Quarantine is required for 14 days in a government-controlled hotel/facility. Individuals granted permission to enter by the Philippine authorities must have a confirmed booking for at least two days at a hotel accredited by the Philippine Tourism and Health Agencies while waiting for their COVID-19 test results. Passengers must stay at the booked hotel until they receive a Philippine Bureau of Quarantine medical certificate. 

The Philippine government, continues to mandate wearing of face masks in all areas and has said face masks may be store-bought or improvised, such as a handkerchief or small towel covering the nose and mouth. Local government units or LGU, continue to implement additional restrictions to slow the virus’ spread.

The following are the guidelines on, who CAN TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES DURING COVID 19 PANDEMIC

  1. DUAL CITIZEN OF THE PHILIPPINES, IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY.
  2. FOREIGN GOVERNMENT, OR INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OFFICER OR STAFF, AND THEIR DEPENDENTS.
  3. FOREIGN SPOUSE OR PARENT, TRAVELING WITH, OR JOINING THE FILIPINO SPOUSE OR CHILD TO, OR IN THE PHILIPPINES.
  4. FOREIGN AIRLINE CREW AND SEAFARERS.
  5. SEC. 13 VISA HOLDERS.
  6. SEC. 13 VISA HOLDERS.
  7. EO 324 VISA HOLDER.
  8. RA 7919 VISA HOLDERS.
  9. NATIVE BORN VISA HOLDERS.
  10. INDIAN NATIONALS, WITH TEMPORARY RESIDENT VISAS.
  11. CHINESE NATIONALS WITH PERMANENT RESIDENT VISAS, BY REASON OF MARRIAGE TO A FILIPINO CITIZEN.

DETAILS ON THESE GUIDELINES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON OUR NEXT VIDEO.

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