MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has announced that the travel ban on seven countries due to emerging COVID-19 variants in their domain is still in effect.
In an advisory, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente stressed that passengers coming from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are still not allowed to enter the country until June 15, following the pronouncement of the Palace.
The BI said it is committed to strictly implement the said measure.
“Those who have a travel history from said countries within the last 14 days from the date of their arrival in the Philippines, will also be prohibited from entering the country,” said Morente.
“However, those who will only be transiting in the region—meaning they will not exit the airport and will not be cleared by immigration authorities there, and will only be landing for a layover, may be allowed to enter the Philippines,” he added.
In addition to this, foreign nationals entering the country for tourism purposes are still not allowed.
“Only Filipinos, Balikbayans, and foreign nationals with valid and existing visas who are not coming from the 7 restricted countries may be allowed to enter the Philippines,” BI Port Operations Division (POD) Chief Atty. Carlos Capulong.
“Those who will be entering under a 9(a) Temporary Visitors’ Visa or a Special Resident Retirees Visa would need to present an entry exemption document to be allowed to enter,” he added.
Morente said that with the aggressive vaccination drive of the government, he is hopeful that travel restrictions will ease in the latter part of the year.