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Foreigners now allowed into the country effective August 1

Foreigners allowed into the Philippines beginning August 1

MANILA The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases has approved the entry of foreign nationals with long-term visas in the Philippines beginning August 1,2020.

However, the IAFT established conditions prior to the entry of foreign nationals. The government will allow valid and existing visas at the time of arrival. No new visa will be accepted. They are likewise subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry, as returning overseas Filipinos will be given priority.

Foreign nationals must also secure a pre-booked accredited quarantine facility and a pre-booked COLVID-19 testing provider.

During yesterday’s IATF meeting, Spokesman Harry Roque said spectators in all outdoor non-contact sports and exercises in areas under general community quarantine and indoor and outdoor sports and exercises in areas under modified general community quarantine.

The IATF also authorized the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), after consultation with the Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Tourism (DOT), to categorized certain industries for th resumption of their operations or gradual increase of their operating capacity of industries that have been opened recently.

The DTI was also authorized to issue a negative list of industries which shall remain prohibited even in areas under MGCQ.

According to the statement released by Secretary Roque, the recent actions of the IATF are in compliance with the directive to assure everyone by increasing the capacities of the business sector, such as the transport industry to revitalize the economy in Metro Manila and CALABARZON or Region IV-A. (Melo M. Acuña)

Foreigners about to take their flights out of the Philippines prior to the lockdown at the NAIA. (File Photo/Melo M. Acuna)

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