Philippines – COVID-19: Lifting of Ban on Non-Essential Outbound Travel
Philippines–Lifting of Non-Essential Outbound Tvl Ban
Under new policy, the Philippine government is allowing Filipino nationals to leave the Philippines for non-essential travel starting 21 October 2020. The lifting of the ban for non-essential travel will allow Filipinos to plan leisure trips abroad. Employers may also continue resuming their international outbound travel plans for their Filipino employees.
WHY THIS MATTERS
The continuous extension of travel restrictions2 has impacted many business and personal plans for travel into and out of the Philippines.
The lifting of the ban for non-essential travel will allow Filipinos to plan leisure trips abroad. Employers may also continue resuming their international outbound travel plans for their Filipino employees.
Outbound Travel from the Philippines
Effective 21 October 2020, the restriction on non-essential outbound travel for Filipinos shall be lifted. Travelers who are nationals of the Philippines may be allowed to leave the Philippines subject to compliance with the following requirements:
1. Submission of confirmed round-trip tickets and adequate travel and health insurance for those traveling using tourist visas.
2. Execution of an immigration declaration acknowledging the risks involved in traveling.
3. Negative Antigen test result taken within 24 hours before departure.
4. Upon return, they shall follow the Guidelines of the National Task Force (NTF) for returning overseas Filipinos.
1 See Inter-Agency Task Force Resolution No. 79 at: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/2020/10/15/resolution-no-79-s-2020/ .
2 For prior coverage of the Travel Restrictions in the Philippines, read GMS Flash Alert 2020-361 (20 August 2020).
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