The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has clarified that only foreigners with permanent or immigrant visas can enter the country starting August 1. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said that the entry of foreign tourists, non-immigrant visa holders, and other categories of aliens are still prohibited, adding “they will be turned back if they land in any of our ports of entry.”
“The resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) is clear — only foreigners with existing long-term visas will be allowed entry beginning August 1,” Morente said.
According to BI port operations chief Grifton Medina, there are only four visa categories of aliens who will be allowed entry starting next month. These aliens must fall under the following categories: those who were issued immigrant visas under Section 13 of the Immigration act; those who acquired resident status under Republic Act 7919 (Alien Social Integration Act), those who availed of Executive Order 324 (Alien Legalization Program), and foreign nationals born here.
Medina also said that foreigners married to Filipinos and their dependents, as well as foreign diplomats, can enter the country as earlier resolved by the IATF.