BI to allow more foreigners in Philippines

The Bureau of Immigration said it would allow more foreigners to enter the Philippines starting February 16, following the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases resolution 98 that expanded the list of foreign nationals allowed entry in the country.

In an advisory released February 13, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said those with valid and existing visas who were not permitted to enter the country under the previous IATF resolutions are now allowed to enter.

The new BI list includes foreigners with valid working visas, student visas, Special Visa for Employment Generation, and Special Investors Residence Visa under Executive Order 63.

Morente noted, “It will allow those who were unable to return due to the travel restrictions. However, those whose visas were issued after March 20 would still need to present an exemption from the Department of Foreign Affairs upon entry.”

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