Philippines to Allow Entry of Foreigners From August 1

MANILA – Foreign nationals who hold long-term visas can now enter the country starting August 1, Malacañang announced on Friday.

According to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), foreigners must have valid and existing visas at the time of the entry, which means no new entry visa shall 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,” the IATF said.

They must also secure a pre-booked accredited quarantine facility, and a pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider.

The government banned the entry of foreigners from abroad in mid-March in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The Philippines reported 2,498 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the total number of cases to 61,266. - Florenda Corpuz