The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reminded the public that travel restrictions set following the coronavirus pandemic is still in place.
In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente reiterated that foreign tourists are still not allowed in the country.
“Generally speaking, only Filipinos, their spouse and minor children are allowed to enter the country holding tourist visas,” said Morente.
Current restrictions likewise allow foreign children with special needs of Filipinos, foreign parent of minor Filipinos, and foreign parent of Filipino children with special needs to enter the country.
Morente stressed that those who are eligible to enter are required to secure an entry visa from Philippine embassies or consulates, prior to their arrival.
“We have encountered instances when spouses of Filipinos who previously enjoyed visa-free privileges try to enter the country under the same manner,” said Morente.
It can be recalled that in March, the Department of Foreign Affairs temporarily suspended visa-free privileges.
A total of 157 countries previously enjoyed visa-free privileges is now required to secure entry visas from foreign posts.
Apart from said categories, accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents, foreign airline crew members, foreign seafarers with 9(c) visas, and foreigners with long-term visas are also allowed.
The reminder comes following the petition of the “Loveisnottourism movement”, which made waves in social media that foreign fiancés of Filipinos be allowed to enter the country.
However, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles stated that the country is not yet ready to accept foreigners, as it is a step-by-step process and the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) continues to iron out certain health issues.