Entry ban on most foreigners extended until April 30

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) — The entry ban on most foreigners is extended until the end of the month, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced Friday.

He said in a statement that the Inter-Agency Task Force approved the extension of the travel ban, which took effect on March 22 and was supposed to end on April 21.

Roque noted that “foreign nationals with valid entry exemption documents duly issued by the DFA prior to March 22, 2021, will be allowed entry to the Philippines.”

The National Task Force Against COVID-19, in an earlier memorandum, listed foreign nationals allowed to enter the Philippines amid the travel restrictions, provided they present valid visas at the time of entry.

These are:

-Diplomats

-Members of international organizations, and their dependents who have a valid 9(e) visa or 47(a)(2) visa

-Foreign nationals involved in medical repatriation duly endorsed by Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration

-Foreign seafarers arriving under the “Green Lanes” program for crew change, who are holders of a 9(c) crew list visa

-Foreign parents, spouses, and children of Filipino citizens traveling with them

-Emergency, humanitarian, and other analogous cases approved by the Chairperson of the NTF COVID-19 or his duly authorized representative

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. earlier announced that incoming international flights would be allowed to carry only up to 1,500 passengers per day in a bid to control the new surge in infections in the country.