The Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines has reminded Filipinos that departure travel restrictions are still enforced and that a few sectors are only allowed to leave the country.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said that foreign nationals are still now allowed to enter the country.
“Generally speaking, only Filipinos, their spouses, and minor children are allowed to enter the country holding tourist visas,” he was quoted as saying by Philstar.com
Filipinos’ foreign children with special needs, foreign parents of minor Filipinos, and foreign parents of Filipino children with special needs are also allowed to enter the country.
Additionally, those foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents, foreign airline crew members, foreign seafarers with 9(c) visas, and foreigners with long-term visas are also allowed to enter the country.
“Only foreign nationals, overseas Filipino workers, permanent visa holders, students enrolled abroad and participants accepted in exchange visitor programs, and those who are traveling for essential reasons are allowed to leave the country,” Morente added.
He also further added that visiting relatives abroad for a vacation is still not considered under essential travel.
“These restrictions were set by the IATF to protect everyone from the threat of Covid-19. If your travel is non-essential, it is best to defer it when the pandemic has subsided,” he said.