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Foreigners married to Filipinos can’t enter the Philippines without visas, Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente reminded.

Morente pointed this out after learning that 15 foreigners married to Filipinos were recently denied entry last Aug. 19.

“We were informed that those excluded, although married to Filipinos, had no visas at all so they were sent back to their port of origin,” he said in a statement.

Those who were turned away included Americans, Europeans, South Koreans, and Africans, all of whom presented only marriage certificates and had no visas.

Morento informed the public that advisories have been released about the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) resolution concerning the restrictions.

“We have already explained that all foreign nationals affected by these IATF-EID resolutions need to obtain valid visas prior arrival to allow entry to the country. Mere possession of a marriage certificate will not suffice,” Morente said.

He also reminded the different airlines to comply with the IATF resolution as it is also their responsibility to inform their foreign passengers about the requirements.

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