The Bureau of Immigration reminded the public that although the Philippine government loosens certain travel restrictions starting May 1, foreign tourists are still banned from entering the country.
“Foreign tourists are still prohibited from entering the country and said restriction remains effective until it is lifted by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF),” BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said.
He explained that the country only reverted to implementing the travel international guidelines that existed before March 22 when the government reimposed a ban on the entry of all foreigners due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the country.
BI Commissioner also clarified that only aliens with valid and existing visas are currently allowed to enter the Philippines.
“The recent easing of travel restrictions applies only to those aliens who were allowed to come here before March 22 and they should have valid and existing visas at the time of their arrival in our ports of entry,” Morente added.
Travelers who came from India or have a travel history to the said country within the last 14 days preceding their arrival are banned from entering the country until May 14.