Filipinos who will travel to be with their foreign partner abroad, ‘approved in principle’ – IATF

Karlo Nograles
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Cabinet Sec. Karlo Nograles who has been “approved in principle” by the Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to ease the outbound travel restriction on Filipinos who want to be with their foreign partners or loved ones.

Sec. Nograles, who is also the co-chairman of the IATF, is just adjusting the details for easing travel restrictions.

According to Sec. Nograles, the IATF is now in contact with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Bureau of Immigration (BI), airline companies and host countries to ensure that testing and health protocols are followed.

He said it is necessary to ensure that our country does not send COVID-19 positive.

Sec. Nograles is just a little patient and the IATF is still working on the details.

“May mga detalye, may iilang detalye na lamang po kaming inaayos. Kasi alam niyo kailangan coordinated ang alahat mula sa testing, mula sa airport, mula sa Bureau of Immigration, mula sa DFA, hanggang sa ating mga airlines. Inaayos na lang namin ang lahat ng iyan. Pero in principle po, kami sa IATF, payag na kami. Okay na. Ano na lang, yung detalye. Ayaw kasi namin maglabas nang hindi pa prepared, magkakagulo, eh. Pero ito ‘pag naplantsa na ang lahat detalye–anong klaseng testing, saan magpapatest. Mag-coordinate pa kami sa mga accepting countries, ano ba ang rules nila sa pagtanggap? Tapos yung airlines, coordinate pa tayo; sa airport, coordinate pa tayo; coordinate pa natin sa Immigration; coordinate pa natin sa DFA,” said Sec. Nograles.

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