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Non-essential travel abroad now allowed, subject to travel, health guidelines set by IATF EID

March 14, 2021 Uncategorized
Bureau of Immigration acting Spokesperson Melvin Mabulac during his Laging Handa interview on Saturday. (Screen grabbed during PTV4’s Laging Handa Public Briefing)

PARAÑAQUE CITY, July 12 (PIA) — Filipino travelers should strictly submit to the  imposed travel and health guidelines should they intend to travel to places outside of the country,  a Bureau of Immigration (BI) official on Saturday said

During the Laging Handa Public Briefing, BI acting spokesperson Melvin Mabulac said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) lifted on Monday the suspension of non-essential travel abroad.

“Filipinos can now travel abroad as long as they have travel and health clearances, execute a declaration that they know the risks of their travel, and submit to undergo health protocols once they return to the country,” Mabulac said.

“Following the IATF’s resolution,  Immigration Chief Jaime Morente issued a directive to Filipinos who will travel abroad to ensure proper implementation of the five conditions set by IATF,” he added. 

The official said Filipino travelers must first present a round-trip ticket as proof. He said they should also submit travel and health insurance to cover rebooking and accommodation expenses if stranded, and hospitalization in case of infection.

Mabulac said they should also show proof of allowed entry to the country of destination, in accordance with their travel, health, and quarantine restrictions.

A declaration acknowledging the risks involved in traveling, including the risk of delay in their return trip, should also be executed, he said.

Upon a traveler’s return, he said, guidelines set by the National Task Force Against COVID-19 for returning overseas Filipinos, such as testing and mandatory quarantine, should be strictly observed.

Mabulac said at the moment, walk-in transactions for travel abroad are still not being allowed.

“Wala pa po tayong abiso. Mahalagang maintindihan na malaking tulong ang online (transactions) sa pagmemaintain ng social distancing,” he said.

He added that foreign tourists are also still not allowed to enter the country and foreign tourist who will arrive in the Philippines will be turned over to the airline for a return flight.  

“Wag na po sila mag-attempt kasi ‘di sila papapasukin,” he said.

However, Mabulac said foreign nationals married to a Filipino can enter the country.

“Dapat may marriage certificate at ID to show na Filipino pa rin ang asawa,” he said. (PIA NCR)

source https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1047350

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