PH To Temporarily Implement Travel Restrictions Starting March 20
PH – The Philippines will temporarily close its borders to foreigners and returning Pinoys who are not Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) starting March 20.
The COVID-19 pandemic is still the biggest challenge that several countries and territories are facing now. This coronavirus disease has taken thousands of lives in different countries and has greatly affected the way of living of people.
Philippines is one of the countries that recorded cases of COVID-19. In PH, the educational system is currently adapting blended learning, the use of modules and online classes. Face-to-face classes are not yet allowed amid the threats of the coronavirus disease.
Also, it is a protocol now that everyone must wear a face mask and practice social distancing when going outdoors. Most establishments most especially shopping malls and pharmacies even require a face shield aside from a face mask.
The entire PH is still under community quarantine measures now. The government is also set to temporarily close the borders to foreigners and non-OFWs starting March 20.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the move to temporarily deny foreigners and returning Filipinos who are not OFWs was announced through the memorandum circular released by the National Task Force Against COVID-19. It is in line with the pursuit to prevent the entry of other variants of COVID-19 in the country.
Meanwhile, the following will be allowed of entry to PH:
- holders of 9(c) visa
- medical repatriation and their escort/s duly endorsed by the Department of Foreign Affairs or the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
- distressed returning overseas Filipinos dully endorsed by the DFA and the OWWA
- emergency, humanitarian and other analogous cases approved by the NTF COVID-19
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