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IATF lifts overseas travel restrictions, subject to conditions

Philippine Information Agency
07 Jul 2020, 22:38 GMT+10

QUEZON CITY, July 7 (PIA) -- The Interagency Task Force (IATF) has lifted the overseas travel restrictions that it has imposed for the last three months as a precautionary measure to help curb the spread of COVID 19.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque in today's virtual press briefing said the IATF has lifted the suspension of non-essential travel and all travel restrictions relative to outbound travel of Filipinos, albeit with conditions.

"Bawal pa rin ang turismo, pero ang mangyayari, kapag magbibiyahe, meron tayong mga requirements na dapat ipakita sa ating Bureau of Immigration (BI). (Tourism is still not allowed. But when traveling, we must present certain requirements to our Bureau of Immigration),"

Roque explained that those who need to conduct "non-essential" travel outside of the country needs to follow the conditions set by the IATF such as confirmed roundtrip tickets for those travelling on tourist visas; adequate travel health insurance to cover rebooking and accommodation expenses.

The Secretary also reiterated that Filipino travelers should ensure that their destination country allows entry in accordance to with their travel, health and quarantine restrictions.

"Ibig sabihin, walang ban sa mga Filipinos ang mga pupuntahan natin, (This means, Filipinos are not banned from entering their country destination,)" Roque explained.

Roque reiterated that travelers must know and understand the risks that they are taking during their travels as they are also required to execute declaration acknowledging the risks involved in travelling.

He added that once they return to the country, Filipino travelers must follow the guidelines of set by the National Task Force (NTF) such as undergoing PCR test and quarantine.

It can be recalled that the government has imposed travel restrictions in March, barring Filipino tourist from travelling overseas in its effort to ensure the health and safety of Filipinos in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. (VQR/PIA-IDPD).

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