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Gov’t OKs non-essential outbound travel of Filipinos starting October 21

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The Philippines’ COVID-19 Task Force has lifted the ban on non-essential outbound travel of Filipinos starting October 21, Malacañang announced Friday.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the policy is subjected to strict requirements following the passage during the recent meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

Under the guidelines, Filipinos traveling abroad must present a confirmed round trip ticket as well as adequate travel and health insurance for tourist visa holders. They must also present a negative antigen test result 24 hours prior to departure and follow the COVID-19 guidelines for returning Filipinos.

IATF earlier suspended the implementation of this policy.

In the same briefing, Roque announced that the IATF has also allowed business establishments and malls to hold sales and other marketing events amid the COVID-19 crisis.


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