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Only IATF can change rules: BI says restrictions on int’l travel remain

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Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente on Friday (Aug. 7) assured that no additional restrictions on international travel will be imposed while Metro Manila is under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

“Existing travel restrictions remain unchanged until these are revised or changed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID),” Morete said in a statement.

This means the country remains off limits to foreign tourists and those allowed to enter are Filipinos, holders of permanent immigrant visas and foreign spouses, minor dependents and foreign parents of Filipino minor children.

“Unlike domestic flights which are suspended under MECQ, international flights at our airports in Manila, Cebu and Clark continue,” he added.

Morente issued the statement after the BI got swamped with calls inquiring about travel restrictions while under MECQ.

With this, BI chief advised the public to keep themselves updated on international travel guidelines being implemented by the bureau through its website and social media accounts.

President Rodrigo Duterte placed under MECQ Metro Manila, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon in response to the medical community’s call for stricter quarantine measures.

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