Filipinos leaving the country for work or leisure are now facing stricter measures on the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Filipinos are now required to fulfill at least five requirements before they’re allowed to leave the Philippines.
If a traveler’s purpose is for leisure but was find to be working for another country, he will not be allowed to leave.
Resolution No. 52, Series of 2020 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) outlines the following requirements for Filipinos headed abroad for non-essential travel purposes:
– Submission of confirmed round-trip tickets for those traveling on tourist visas;
– Adequate travel and health insurance to cover rebooking and accommodation expenses if stranded, and hospitalization in case of infection, in such amounts as may be determined by the Department of Tourism;
– Proof of allowed entry by the destination country in accordance with their travel, health, and quarantine restrictions. In the UAE, this is the visitor’s entry visa (visit/tourist visa) and the approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).
– Execution of a declaration acknowledging the risks involved in traveling, including the risk of delay in their return trips, to be provided for in the check-in counters by the airlines;
– Upon return, the tourist should follow the guidelines of returning overseas Filipinos of the National Task Force against Covid-19.