As of March 22, foreigners will be temporarily banned from entering the Philippines. This is according to the Department of Transportation last March 20.
This extra precaution to limit the entry and exit to and from the Philippines is in line with the combat to the spread of the global pandemic that is CoVID-19.
The exemptions were stated by DOTr, citing a circular from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Exempted/Allowed entry are:
- Overseas Filipino workers
- Philippine passport holders
- Foreign spouses of Filipino citizens with proof
- Foreign government officials
- International organization officials accredited by Manila
- OFWs, balikbayans, and foreign nationals leaving for abroad
- Foreigners entering the Philippines
- Filipinos departing the country for leisure
Luzon and other areas in Visayas and Mindanao were already placed under community quarantines and travel bans.
They have also released statements regarding the activities in the airport.
“Only 1 person is allowed to bring or fetch a passenger to the airport,” the Transportation department said.
“The driver should carry with him or her a copy of the airline ticket of the passenger as proof of conveyance” and “depart immediately after picking up or dropping off” an arriving or departing said person, the agency said.
As the threat of the Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19 rises every day, the Cebu province has taken a proactive approach and is pulling all stops in protecting the island. Here’s everything you need to know about COVID-19 and its symptoms: https://sugbo.ph/2020/corona-virus-in-cebu/
With this, an Executive Order was issued for the implementation of the drastic but necessary measures to avoid the spread of the virus. For more information, head on to: https://sugbo.ph/2020/cebu-implements-drastic-measures/
If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical attention, call the local Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice: 0922-397-2334 / 0943-568-3298 / (032) 402-3091 / (032) 402-1269.