BI eases entry restrictions for more foreign nationals

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The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will shortly implement new changes in travel restrictions for foreign nationals, following the expansion of eased restrictions for other foreign visitors.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) recently expanded the coverage of foreign nationals allowed to enter the country amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said foreign traders and investors, among others are now allowed to enter the country. Effective November 21), “treaty traders and  investors, or those issued visas pursuant to Section 9(d) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 (Commonwealth Act 613) are now allowed to enter the country,” he said.

Section 9(d) of the Immigration Act provides that alien visa holder businessmen who plan to carry on trade or investment between the Philippines and their country, may be allowed  to enter the country.

Entitled also to the same visa privilege are the foreigner’s spouse and minor children, as well as their employees. Likewise included in the list of foreign nationals allowed are aliens with visas issued by the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, Clark Development Corporation and other Economic Zones and Freeports of the country.

Previously, only foreign nationals with special non-immigrant visas under Section 47(a)(2) of Commonwealth Act 613 and visas issued by the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, and with visas under the Omnibus Investments Code of 1987 and Republic Act 8756 were allowed to enter the country.

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