In a statement by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made on July 17th Friday, he announced that foreigners with long-term visas would be allowed to enter the country beginning the first of August, 2020. In order to support the economy, they allowed some foreigners, given that they stay in “pre-booked accredited quarantine facility and [secure] a pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider.”
New visa entries will not be entertained and there will be a maximum number of people allowed to travel to the country with priority given to returning Filipinos from overseas. “This means no new entry visa shall be accepted. They are likewise subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry, as returning overseas Filipinos will be given priority. Foreign nationals must also secure a pre-booked accredited quarantine facility and a pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider,” Roque said.
The Philippines currently has over 60,000 confirmed cases with over half in Metro Manila alone.
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