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By Prince Golez

Starting December 7, foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens and balikbayans are allowed to enter the Philippines under certain conditions, Malacañang announced Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases authorized the entry of Filipino citizens’ foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them, next month.

Also permitted is the entry of former Filipino citizens, including their spouses and children, according to Roque.

The entry of these persons shall be subjected to the following conditions:

*they are allowed visa-free entry under Executive Order No. 408, series of 1960;

*they are required a pre-booked quarantine facility and a pre-booked coronavirus (Covid-19) testing at a laboratory operating at the airport; and

*they must be subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry.

Roque said the government’s coronavirus task force has directed the Bureau of Immigration to formulate the necessary guidelines to ensure the smooth implementation of this policy.

The Department of Tourism is likewise directed to issue the necessary guidelines for the provision of sufficient accommodation for the above-mentioned persons taking into account the release of their Covid-19 test results.

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