IATF allows leisure trips abroad for Filipinos starting Oct. 21

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on June 4, 2020. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Non-essential overseas travel of Filipinos will be permitted starting next week, Malacañang said Friday, after the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases approved the proposal.

The IATF, which met Thursday, “lifted the restriction of non-essential outbound travel of Filipinos effective October 21, 2020,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement. 

Travelers should submit the following, he said: 

  • Confirmed roundtrip tickets 
  • Travel and health insurance for those traveling with tourist visas 
  • Immigration declaration acknowledging the risks involved in traveling
  • Negative Antigen result taken within 24 hours before departure 

“Outbound Filipino travelers shall likewise follow the Guidelines of the National Task Force (NTF) for returning overseas Filipinos,” said Roque. The IATF decision ends an outbound travel restriction in effect since July. 

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.