The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reminded airline companies to ensure that only foreigners currently allowed to enter the Philippines would be permitted to board their flights to the country.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente stressed it is the responsibility of the airlines to ensure that foreign passengers boarding their Philippine-bound flights are eligible to enter the country under the resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
“We reiterate that only foreigners with valid visas are allowed to enter the country,” Morente said, adding that foreign tourists are still temporarily banned.
He said these currently banned foreigners will be excluded upon arrival and booked on the first available flight back to their port of origin.
Likewise, he said the airline faces fines and sanctions for bringing improperly documented aliens.
“The IATF deems these actions necessary to curb the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19),” Morente added.
He also stated that the ban on passengers coming from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka will remain in effect until May 14.
BI port operations chief Carlos Capulong noted that only aliens with valid immigrant, non-immigrant, and special visas issued by the BI and other government agencies are allowed to enter the county.
He added that all arriving passengers will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine as well as a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.