Philippines to allow some foreigners to enter country from August

Friday, 2020-07-17 10:29:25
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Passengers wearing personal protective equipment for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) queue at the check-in counters of Emirates airline, in Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 9, 2020. (File photo: Reuters)
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The Philippines' coronavirus task force has approved the entry of foreign nationals holding long-term visas starting from August, the presidential spokesman said on Friday (July 17).

Foreigners with valid and existing visas would need to undergo quarantine upon arrival, said Harry Roque, spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Bureau of Immigration banned the entry of foreigners into the country in March to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. The Southeast Asian country has reported 61,266 cases of the virus and 1,643 related deaths.