Foreign nationals stranded in the Philipines urged to comply with the quarantine directive, as the country seeks to ease the visa rules in the fight against coronavirus pandemic, The Philipines’ Bureau of Immigration announced.
The Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente advised internationals to stay at home and stay isolated, as for now this is the best solution to halt the spread of the infection.
During the lockdown foreign citizens are urged not to go out and apply for the visa extensions, as the country is taking further steps to solve this situation, VisaGuide.World.
“Foreigners anywhere in the Philippines whose visas will expire during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period shall not be charged penalties, as long as they file their applications within 30 days from the lifting of the ECQ,” Morente pointed out.
The eased immigration requirements for non-residents will be considered invaluable for applications filed after the lapse of 30 days from the lifting of enhanced community quarantine, as well as for those whose visas expired before March 17, when ECQ has been put in place.
Earlier this month, the Philippines introduced a health emergency state through all the nation, and decided to temporarily ban the entry for most foreigners, excepting few categories, in a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
The Department of Foreign Affairs, announced that 157 countries who currently have visa-free facilitation, will be also temporarily suspended, until further notice.
Foreign spouses and children who are traveling to the Philippines, foreign crew members, foreign government organizations socials, as well as the international organization’s socials who are accredited in the Philippines, have been exempted from the Philippines’s government decision.
More than 3,000 persons contracted COVID-19 in the Philippines, while 136 persons have died, so far.
Up to 1,000,000 persons have been diagnosed with the virus globally, while 55,203 persons have died.