BI implements ban on foreign diplomats, spouses, Filipinos’ children traveling from 35 restricted countries

Published January 22, 2021, 3:31 PM

by Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said that foreign diplomats, spouses and children of Filipinos who come from 35 restricted countries are now allowed to enter the country subject to health and quarantine protocols.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente made the announcement after receiving the latest decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF) on the travel ban.

The IATF resolution took effect immediately.

Likewise, the BI chief said the lifting of the travel restriction also applies to foreigners and their escorts coming for medical and emergency cases.

However, Morente stressed that Filipinos should accompany their spouse and children with entry visa issued by our embassy, or consulate.

“Spouse and minor children of Filipinos without entry visas will not be allowed entry,” Morente stressed.

Morente also clarified that dual citizens holding both a Philippine and foreign citizenship will be allowed entry upon presentation of a valid Philippine passport, or certificate of citizenship.

Currently, the BI is implementing a travel ban on aliens with a travel history from 35 countries to minimize the spread of new and highly contagious strains of corona virus.

These countries are the United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, The Netherlands, The People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, and the United States.

Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, Brazil, Austria, Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Hungary.