IATF Says Outbound Non-essential Travel Is Permitted
TRAVEL BAN LIFTED – The Interagency Task Force (IATF) said that it has permitted non-essential outbound travel starting on October 21.
For almost 7 months, outbound travel has been suspend due to the coronavirus pandemic. But, as cases begin to decline and major provinces start lowering quarantine restriction, the travel ban was lifted.
According to IATF spokesperson Harry Roque, the body lifted the restrictions during their recent meeting. However, Filipinos planning to go abroad must have a confirmed round trip ticket. Additionally, they need to have adequate travel and health insurance for tourist visa holders.
Furthermore, the need to follow pre-existing rules for Filipinos returning from overseas. This includes undergoing quarantine in selected isolation facilities as swab test result for COVID-19 is being prepared.
Those who plan to go out of the country must also sign an immigration declaration. This is to signify that the person traveling knows the risks involved. Along with this, travelers must also present a negative antigen test taken 24 hours prior to departure.
“They may be allowed to leave the country subject to the submission of confirmed roundtrip tickets and adequate travel and health insurance for those traveling on tourist visas, execution of an immigration declaration acknowledging the risks involved in traveling, and a negative antigen (test) result taken within 24 hours before departure, subject to the Department of Health (DOH) guidelines“
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