Sun. Sep 19th, 2021

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reiterated that foreign parents, spouses and children of Filipino citizens cannot enter the Philippines if they are not traveling with the latter.

Israeli born Filipino children, their families and supporters attend a rally against the deportation of illegal foreign workers and their children in Tel Aviv, Israel, 06 August 2019. The Israeli Population and Immigration Authority began the deportation of 100 families of illegal foreign workers from the Philippines, including their Israeli-born children. In Israel there are around thirtythousand Filipino foreign workers that are mainly employed as caregivers.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente reiterated that said existing guidelines on international travel set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) do not allow the entry of foreign parents, spouses and children of Filipinos if they are travelling alone.

The said foreigners, Morente reminded, should likewise possess valid visas secured in the country’s foreign posts abroad to be able to enter the country.

He added that the Balikbayan privilege, which allows the visa-free entry of foreign spouses and children of Filipinos, remains suspended.

“The reminder was issued following reports that a handful of aliens were denied entry at the airports for attempting to come to the country without their Filipino spouse, children, or parent,” the BI said in a statement.

Morente stressed that airlines and ships are obligated to ensure that only foreigners eligible to enter the country during the implementation of the travel restrictions are allowed to board their Philippine-bound flights.

It can be recalled that the Philippines reimposed a ban on the entry of foreigners last month amid the resurgence in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 19 cases in the country.

The ban, which started last March 22 is in effect until April 21.

Aside from prohibiting the entry of foreigners, the IATF also ordered a reduction in the number of inbound international travelers to only 1,500 a day. SOVEREIGNPH

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