The Inter-Agency Task Force has announced that the entry of foreign spouses of Filipino citizens to the country will be permitted starting December 7.
The announcement was made by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
“The Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Thursday, November 26, 2020, allowed the entry to the Philippines of Filipino citizens’ foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them, starting December 7, 2020,” Roque said in a statement.
Also permitted is the entry of former Filipino citizens, including their spouses and children, regardless of age, who are travelling with them.
“The entry of these persons will be subject to conditions such as they are allowed visa-free entry under Executive Order No. 408, series of 1960; they are required a pre-booked quarantine facility and a pre-booked COVID-19 testing at a laboratory operating at the airport. They, too, must be subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry,” the statement added.
The IATF has directed the Bureau of Immigration to formulate the necessary guidelines to ensure the smooth implementation of this policy.
The Department of Tourism, on the other hand, will issue the necessary guidelines for the provision of sufficient accommodation for the foreign spouses while waiting for the results of their coronavirus tests.