Foreigners will be allowed entry again to the Philippines starting Saturday, May 1, Malacañang said Friday, even as the country's capital region remains under strict COVID-19 protocols.
Except for individuals coming from India, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said foreigners can go to the Philippines again effective this weekend subject to the following conditions:
1. With valid and existing visa at the time of entry, except for those qualified under the Balikbayan program
2. With pre-booked accommodation for at least seven nights in an accredited quarantine facility or hotel
3. Subject to COVID-19 testing at the quarantine facility or hotel on the 6th day from arrival
4. Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry
The travel ban on passengers from India meanwhile remains effective until May 14, Roque said. The South Asian nation is battling a surge of COVID-19 infections that has prompted global aid.
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The Bureau of Immigration has been instructed to ensure the implementation of the fresh travel policies, Roque said.