outbrain
Close  

No decision yet to allow entry of foreigners into PH, Palace says

/ 03:39 PM June 02, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Foreigners are still prohibited to enter the country despite the easing of the strict coronavirus lockdown measures, Malacañang said.

According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has yet to amend or lift the travel restrictions earlier imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Wala pa po tayong desisyon sa IATF na papasukin ang mga dayuhan,” Roque said in a televised Palace briefing.

(The IATF has yet to decide whether to allow entry of foreigners.)

FEATURED STORIES

He added that allowing foreign nationals to enter the country would result in an additional burden the government is already carrying in processing the return of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

“Alam niyo po sa OFWs alone, halos hindi na tayo magkandaugaga dahil lahat po ng mga umuuwi ay binibigyan natin ng PCR test. So magkakaroon po ng mas malaking problema kung pati ang mga dayuhan ay (papapasukin) natin. So ngayon po wala pang problema,” Roque said.

(You know, in handling the OFWs alone, we are already getting overwhelmed because we are giving all of them a PCR test. So we will have a bigger problem if we let foreigners in.)

Under existing guidelines approved by the IATF, only returning Filipino migrant workers, Filipino citizens, their spouses and dependents, permanent residents, and foreign diplomats are allowed to enter the country.

All foreigners can leave anytime but Filipinos are not allowed to leave the country unless they are OFWs or permanent residents or holders of a student visa in their country of destination.

ADVERTISEMENT

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Foreigners, Manila, nCoV, outbreak, Philippines, travel restrictions
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.