Philippines sets conditions for entry of foreigners, effective February 1

MANILA, Jan 29 (Mabuhay) — Foreigners allowed entry in the Philippines need to comply with some guidelines beginning February 1, Malacañang said Friday.

In a statement, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said arriving foreigners should have valid and existing visas at the time of entry, except for those qualified under the Balikbayan program of the government.

Incoming foreigners should also have a pre-booked accommodation for at least seven nights in an accredited quarantine hotel or facility and be subject to COVID-19 testing at the quarantine hotel or facility on the sixth day from the date of their arrival, he added.

Roque said entry of foreign nationals entry will be subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry.

On Thursday, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) approved the new guidelines.

Earlier, the Philippines imposed restrictions on travelers from 35 countries as a precautionary measure against new variants of the coronavirus.

Exempted from the entry ban are accredited foreign diplomats, personnel of accredited international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries, those coming in the country for medical and emergency cases as well as the spouse and minor children of Filipinos.

The travel restrictions will last until January 31. (MNS)

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