By Salve Daculla
MANILA — The Philippines will now be accepting more foreigners as the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will be implementing changes in travel restrictions effective immediately.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said that based on the latest resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), they have implemented the expanded coverage of foreign nationals allowed to enter the country amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
This means that effective immediately, foreigners who got their visas pursuant to Section 9(d) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 are now allowed to enter the country.
This refers to those holding 9(d) visas like foreign businessmen who are in the country to carry on trade of commerce between the Philippines and the country to which he is a national of, or invest in an enterprise in the country.
Also entitled to the same visa are the alien’s spouse and minor children, as well as the alien’s employees.
Also added to the list of foreigners allowed in the country are aliens with visas issued by economic zones of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, and Clark Development Corporation. (AI/MTVN)