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Fri. May 14th, 2021

Meanwhile, as Christmas rapidly approaches, there is no relief in sight for foreigners wanting to visit the Philippines. Thousands of loved ones will not be able to spend the Christmas holiday with their loved ones. It will be a sad holiday for many.

“NO RELIEF IN SIGHT FOR FOREINGERS WANTING TO VISIT THE PHILIPPINES”

The Philippine Immigration website is exploding with hundreds of comments such as the ones show below.

Philippine Bureau of Immigration Website Down

In addition, I’ve been trying to access the Immigration website for days to no avail. As you can tell by the next Facebook response, I’m not the only one having problems.

Moreover, if the Bureau of Immigration is down, how can foreigners in Manila use the BI’s online appointment system to file their upcoming Annual Report, for example? 

The madness continues.

BI Implements new IATF Travel Ruling

A recent Immigration Press Release hasn’t helped matters. The BI reports that only a select group of 9(e) and 9(g) visa holders who left the country starting December 17 may qualify for re-entry.

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente announced the implementation of IATF’s Resolution No. 89. The IATF is the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. This new ruling allows the re-entry of certain foreign nationals to the country.

Morente clarified that not all 9(e) and 9(g) visa holders may return, following the revised ruling.  “Those who have left prior to December 17 are still not allowed to enter the country,” said Morente.

The change was to allow said foreign nationals to return to their countries for the holidays, and subsequently re-enter the Philippines.

9(e) visa holders are diplomats accredited to the Philippines, including foreign embassies and International Organizations.  On the other hand, 9(g) visa holders are pre-arranged employees working in the country. Frankly, I doubt that the new ruling will affect many foreigners.

Draconian Re-entry Rules Still in Place

Chief Atty. Candy Tan is the new Port Operations Division Chief. Tan said that while the two categories may return, their re-entry is still subject to the conditions set by the IATF. According to Tan, they must meet the following regulations.

  • A valid and existing visa on the date of arrival.
  • A pre-booked quarantine facility.
  • A COVID-19 laboratory test at the airport.
  • Moreover, they are still subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry.

The BI said that they do not yet see a major jump in the number of travelers until the yearend.  “We have our men on standby ready to service arriving and departing passengers this holiday season,” said Tan.  “But the numbers, we believe, will not be as high as it was pre-pandemic,” she shared.

This Facebook comments says it all.

“NO RELIEF IN SIGHT FOR FOREINGERS WANTING TO VISIT THE PHILIPPINES”

Frankly, with no coranavirus vaccines arriving until March or April 2021, I see little hope for the removal of travel restrictions any time soon. The Philippine government seems intent on believing all the Bill Gates, Chinese Communist Party, WHO-inspired hype regarding COVID-19.

The blinders are on.

By The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 21 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Malinois called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people over the years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

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