By Jun Ramirez
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente announced the implementation of the Malacañang directive on the enhanced community quarantine over Luzon in relation to international travel.
In a Malacañang memorandum, government agencies were directed to adopt the enhanced quarantine scheme in the whole of Luzon effective 12 noon of March 17, until 12 noon of April 13.
Morente said “outbound passengers intending to depart the Philippines from any international airport in Luzon shall be allowed [to do so] only until 12 noon of March 20.”
He said inbound passengers who are already in transit upon the effectivity of the quarantine shall be allowed to enter, but will be referred to the Bureau of Quarantine if coming from countries with existing travel restrictions.
Apart from those in transit, the BI chief said all passengers regardless of nationality will be not allowed to enter the country for the meantime.
He said only inbound Filipino citizens, their foreign spouse or children, holders of permanent resident visas, and holders of diplomat visas shall be allowed entry.
Also exempted from the ban are arriving and departing uniformed personnel on official business, especially those transporting medical supplies, laboratory specimens related to COVID-19, and rendering other humanitarian assistance.