Extended Travel Restrictions in Effect

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced today that they will be implementing the resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) on extending the travel ban until January 31, 2021.

In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente shared that they received an order from Malacanang (the Presidential Palace) and the IATF extending the travel ban, following reports of new Covid-19 variants.

In the expanded travel restrictions, foreigners coming from or that have been to the 33 travel-restricted countries within 14 days from their arrival in the Philippines shall be excluded.

Currently, the government is implementing a travel ban on aliens coming from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, The Netherlands, The People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, and the United States.

Also included in the travel ban are those coming from Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, Brazil, Austria, Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, and Oman.

“We expect further decrease in the number of travelers in the coming weeks due to the reported new variants of Covid-19,” said Morente. “We shall continue implementing existing protocol on arriving Filipinos from the 33 countries,” he added.

Morente likewise reminded international travelers to practice social distancing and hygiene while traveling. “We are implementing strict social distancing measures in the immigration areas at the airports, to ensure that contact is minimized during travel,” he said.

Inforgraphics courtesy of Bureau of Immigration’s Facebook Page

The government on Friday, January 15, 2020, added the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Hungary to the list of countries subject to travel restrictions in the Philippines.

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