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Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente reminded Filipinos whose travels are essential will be allowed to leave the country.

“Again, only essential travel of outbound Filipinos will be allowed,” Morente stressed in a statement.

“Non-essential travel for leisure and tourism purposes will not be permitted,” he added.

Morente said the BI will be strictly enforcing this pursuant to the directive issued by the the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

He said Immigration officers in different international ports have been instructed to implement the travel ban.

Earlier, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced that IATF decided to reimpose the ban on non-essential travel due to lack of companies that were willing to extend travel health insurance on the COVID-19 disease for outbound Filipino travelers.

Roque noted that so far only one company has agreed to provide the said insurance coverage.

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