PH to relax travel ban on ‘variant’ countries

PH to relax travel ban on ‘variant’ countries

The Philippines’ travel ban involving 36 countries due to the new COVID-19 variant will lapse starting today, February 1.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said the arriving foreigners would be subjected to swab testing for SARS-CoV-2 on the sixth day from the date of arrival. Under certain conditions, they must also complete a 14-day quarantine.

“All foreign nationals who are not allowed entry to the Philippines as stated by previous orders, including those holding tourist visas, are still prohibited to enter the country. Those who are allowed still need to complete their 14-day quarantine,” Roque added.

Further, investors with an EO 226 visa, Special Investors Resident Visa under EO 226, 47(a)2 visa issued by the Department of Justice, and Section 9(d) Treaty Traders visa will also be allowed. Holders of economic zone visas under Aurora Pacific Economic Zone, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority and Clark Development Corporation will be allowed entry.

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