Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente said he expects an increase number in the number of travelers going to the Philippines this month.
Morente pointed this out after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF) decided to extend the up to Jan. 31 the ban of foreigners who have been to countries where there are reports of the presence of the variant of the COVID-19 virus.
“We expect further decrease in the number of travelers in the coming weeks due to the reported new variants of Covid-19,” said Morente said in a statement.
“We shall continue implementing existing protocol on arriving Filipinos from the 33 countries,” he added.
The banned countries are United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, The Netherlands, The People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, United States, Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, Brazil, Austria, Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, and Oman.
Morente also reminded international travelers to practice social distancing and hygiene while traveling.
“We are implementing strict social distancing measures in the immigration areas at the airports, to ensure that contact is minimized during travel,” he said.