Travel Restrictions for Filipinos’ Tourist Visa holders.
Filipinos Travelers who are planning to travel abroad from the Philippines for leisure purposes, has to comply and under go from a stricter process on the Bureau of Immigration – Philippines with the following requirements that they need to complete before they are allowed to travel outside the Philippines.
According to the acting spokesperson Mr. Melvin Mabulac, Filipinos who are attempting to go out with a tourist or Visit visa with a purpose to look for an employment opportunity will not be allowed to leave the Philippines.
Resolution No. 52, Series of 2020 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) outlines the following requirements for Filipinos headed abroad for non-essential travel purposes:
– Submission of confirmed round-trip tickets for those travelling on tourist visas;
– Adequate travel and health insurance to cover re-booking and accommodation expenses if stranded, and hospitalization in case of infection, in such amounts as may be determined by the Department of Tourism;
– Proof of allowed entry by the destination country in accordance with their travel, health, and quarantine restrictions.
– Execution of a declaration acknowledging the risks involved in travelling, including the risk of delay in their return trips, to be provided for in the check-in counters by the airlines;
– Upon return, the tourist should follow the guidelines of returning overseas Filipinos of the National Task Force against Covid-19.
“Non-purpose travel is already allowed but we remind Filipinos to comply with the five requirements, and they will be granted to travel abroad,” added by Mabulac. Reports from the Philippine News Agency add that only Filipinos or foreigners married to Filipinos are allowed to enter the country at this time.
“Filipino or foreigners married to a Filipino must show a marriage certificate, valid latest passport and any identification that will prove that the wife or husband is still a Filipino citizen,” he said. However, Filipinos who have become naturalized citizens of other nations are also temporarily banned from entering the country.
“If they are already naturalized (in) another country, they need to reacquire citizenship. They need to apply the re acquisition and retention of Filipino citizenship under Republic Act 9225. They are already considered as foreigners and foreign nationals are not yet allowed to enter the country,” the BI official added. He said those exempted are foreigners who are members of diplomatic corps and foreign crew of airlines.
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