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Phl bars entry of foreigners, non-OFWs starting March 20

The Philippine government has temporarily suspended the entry of foreigners and returning Filipinos who are non-overseas Filipino workers into the country starting Saturday, 20 March, until 19 April, amid the spike of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

According to a memorandum circular issued Tuesday night, the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) directed concerned agencies to limit the number of inbound international passengers/arrivals to 1,500 a day aside from the temporary entry ban to ‘prevent the entry of SARS-CoV-2 variants from other countries and the further rise of cases.’

Due to the increasing number of new cases of COVID-19 here in the Philippines, the National Task Force temporarily suspends the travel into the Philippines for foreigners and returning Overseas filipino workers. pic.twitter.com/NxQq6UDhjX

— Department of Health (@DOHgovph) March 16, 2021

The entry ban will cover all foreigners and non-OFWs except holders of 9(c) visas; 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; and emergency, humanitarian, and other analogous cases approved by the NTF-COVID-19.

Meanwhile, in a separate memo, capacity at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for inbound international travelers will be limited to a maximum of 1,500 passengers per day beginning 18 March until April 18, 2021.

Capacity at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for inbound international travelers will be limited to a maximum of 1,500 passengers per day beginning March 18, 2021 until 18 April 2021. pic.twitter.com/P3OOnwtUhn

— Department of Health (@DOHgovph) March 16, 2021

The Department of Health reported 4,437 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, raising the country’s total to 631,320 with the Philippines recording over 4,000 infections for the fifth straight day.

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