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Gov’t now allows foreigners with investors’ visas to enter Phl

MJ Blancaflor

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Foreigners with investors’ visas would be allowed to enter the Philippines starting next month as the government seeks to resuscitate the pandemic-battered economy, Malacañang announced Friday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) had approved a resolution which allows foreigners to enter the country starting 1 November.

These foreigners, Roque said, should have visas issued by the Bureau of Immigration pursuant to Executive Order No. 226 or the Omnibus Investments Code, as amended, and Republic Act. No. 8756.

They could also have visas issued by the Department of Justice, the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone, and the Freeport Authority and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

The entry of these foreign nationals to the country, however, is subject to conditions, he added.

They must have valid and existing visa at the time of the entry and must likewise have a pre-booked accredited quarantine facility.

Roque also said these foreigners must be subjected to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry and must follow applicable immigration laws, rules, and regulations.

The government has veered away from lockdown measures to allow the reopening of more businesses and establishments in a bid to boost the economy which plunged into recession and its worst downturn in three decades during this year’s second quarter.

The government has restricted the entry of foreigners since March as a precaution against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Prior to this, only Filipinos, foreign spouses, and children of residents here are allowed entry to the country.

Foreign spouses, including those foreign parents of Filipino children with special needs, may enter the country provided they secure or possess the appropriate visas.

Those eligible to enter are required to obtain an entry visa from the Philippine embassies or consulates in their points of origins before traveling.

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