Nonessential travels now allowed subject to conditions Malacanang

09-Jul-2020 Intellasia | UNTV News | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) on Tuesday (July 7) lifted restrictions on nonessential travels across the country and abroad by Filipinos through Resolution No. 52.

“The suspension of nonessential travel by Filipinos pursuant to the Inter-Agency Task Force Resolution No. 13 dated 17 March 2020 is hereby lifted,” the resolution reads.

Likewise, travel restrictions relative to outbound travel of Filipinos are also lifted except for tourism.

“Ang pag-alis sa suspension ng nonessential na mga biyahe ng mga Pilipino, kaugnay nito, lahat ng travel restrictions na may kinalaman sa outbound travel ng mga Pilipino ay inalis na rin po,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

(Alongside the lifting of suspension on nonessential travels by Filipinos, all travel restrictions relative to outbound travels of Filipinos are also lifted.)

“Bawal pa rin ang turismo pero ang mangyayari ay pag bibiyahe, may requirement tayong ipakikita sa Bureau of Immigration,” he added.

(Tourism trips are still not allowed and travellers must present requirements set by the Bureau of Immigration.)

The Resolution clarifies, however, that certain conditions must be followed for outbound travels which include:

Submission of confirmed round-trip tickets for those travelling on tourist visas

Adequate travel health insurance to cover rebooking and accommodation expenses

Proof of allowed entry by the destination country in accordance with their travel, health and quarantine restrictions

Execution of a declaration acknowledging the risk involved in travelling

Compliance with the guidelines of returning overseas Filipinos of the National Task Force upon return such as quarantine protocols and COVID-19 testing

Roque, however, stressed that the resolution does not cover nurses with pending contracts overseas.

“Hindi pa rin prino-process ng POEA ang mga papeles ng mga nurses intending to work abroad,” he said.

(The [Philippine Overseas Employment Administration] is still not processing papers of nurses intending to work abroad.)

The lifting of travel restrictions takes effect 15 days after publication in the government gazette.


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