The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reiterated that foreign parents, spouses, and children of Filipino citizens cannot enter the Philippines unless they are traveling with Filipino citizens they are related to.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the reminder Wednesday, April 7 following reports that a number of foreign nationals have been denied entry to the country after arriving at the airports alone.
The BI chief said existing guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) prohibit the entry of foreign parents, spouses, and children of Filipinos if they are not travelling with the latter.
Morente said foreigners should likewise possess valid visas secured in the country’s foreign posts to be able to enter the Philippines.
He added that the “Balikbayan privilege”, which allows the visa-free entry of foreign spouses and children of Filipinos, remains suspended.
Morente stressed that airlines and ships can only accommodate foreigners who are eligible to enter the country during the travel restrictions.
The government reimposed a ban on the entry of foreigners last month amid the resurgence of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country. The ban, which started last March 22, is in effect until April 21.
Aside from barring the entry of foreigners, the IATF also ordered a reduction in the number of inbound international travelers to only 1,500 a day.