PH to lift ban on int’l travel

CNN PHILIPPINES — Filipinos will soon be allowed to exit the country for non-essential travel, but tourism-related travel remains prohibited, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday.

Roque, who also serves as the spokesman of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, said the COVID-19 task force on Monday approved the lifting of travel restrictions.

IATF Resolution No. 52 will take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.

"Lahat ng travel restrictions na may kinalaman sa outbound travel ng mga Pilipino ay inalis na rin. Bawal pa rin ang turismo pero ang mangyayari po ay pag bibiyahe may requirements na dapat ipakita sa Bureau of Immigration," he said in a media briefing.

Travelers must present their confirmed round-trip tickets and a declaration acknowledging risks of traveling during a global health pandemic. Roque said they must also have adequate travel health insurance to cover possible rebooking and extended accommodation expenses. The country of destination should also have no existing entry ban on Filipinos.

The returning travelers also need to undergo swab tests and mandatory quarantine once they return to the Philippines.

Despite the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the country is gradually relaxing travel restrictions and lockdown measures in a bid to restart the country’s economy.