This is with regard to the requests of Foreign Nationals (“FNs”) for endorsement to the Department of Foreign Affairs (“DFA”) for Travel Ban Exemptions (“TBE”) to the Philippines.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (“DICT”) refers to the Memorandum from Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea dated 23 July 2021 regarding the Imposition of Travel Restrictions on Travelers from Malaysia and Thailand. The said Memorandum from Executive Secretary Medialdea referenced the Joint Recommendation of the Department of Health (“DOH”) and the DFA dated 21 July 2021 and provided that a temporary travel ban is in place from 25 July 2021 until 31 July 2021 for all passengers or travelers with travel history from Malaysia and Thailand within fourteen (14) days prior to arrival in the Philippines. Passengers or travelers “merely transiting” through Malaysia and Thailand are not covered by the imposed travel ban and will be subjected to the existing testing and quarantine protocols of the national government.
In compliance with the above-mentioned, please be advised that the DICT will also be temporarily suspending from 25 July 2021 until 31 July 2021 the processing of requests for endorsement to the DFA for TBE to the Philippines of FNs coming from or who have been to Malaysia and Thailand.
The foregoing issuance is annexed to this Advisory for reference. Please be guided accordingly.
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