Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente on Wednesday (Nov. 4) urged airlines to ensure to allow only foreigners with appropriate visa to board flights bound to the Philippines.
Morente made the call after receiving reports that foreigners were turned back after having arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other international airports in Mactan, Cebu and Clark, Pampanga.
“Apart from shouldering the cost of returning these aliens to their port or origin, it is also the responsibility of the airlines to defray the expenses of their accommodation at the airport while awaiting their return flights,” Morente reminded airline companies in a statement.
With this, the BI chief advised airlines to regularly check the latest issuances made by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) concerning travel advisories.
Morente noted the issuances are posted on the BI’s website and other social media accounts.
Filipinos, their spouse and minor children, foreign children with special needs of Filipinos, foreign parent of minor Filipinos, and foreign parent of Filipino children with special needs were allowed to enter the country are allowed to enter the country.
Accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents, foreign airline crewmembers, foreign seafarers with 9(c) visas, and foreigners with long-term visas are also allowed to enter.
Also allowed to enter are foreigners with visas issued for executives of multinational companies in the Philippines; special non-immigrant visas granted by the Department of Justice (DOJ); and those issued by Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority, as well as the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.
Those eligible to enter under a tourist status are still required to secure an entry visa from Philippine embassies or consulates, prior to arrival.