Philippines temporarily suspends entry of foreign nationals and returning overseas Filipinos beginning March 20

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The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. (Photo from the DFA Facebook account)

The Philippines has temporarily suspended the entry of foreign nationals and returning overseas Filipinos beginning this Saturday, March 20.

The temporary travel suspension will last until April 19, 2021.

According to the Philippine National Task Force Against Covid-19, the temporary suspension is necessary due to the spike in coronavirus cases in the Philippines.

On March 15, 2021, the Philippines recorded 5,404 new COVID positive cases, which is the highest report of positive cases in the last 6 months.

Exempted from the temporary travel ban are:

= Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs);

= Holders of 9(e) visas;

= Medical repatriation and their escort/s duly endorsed by the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs or the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration;

= Distressed ROFs duly endorsed by the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the
Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs; and

= Emergency, humanitarian, and other analogous cases approved by the NTF COVID-19.

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