Under community quarantine, when do you need a travel authority?

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 01 2020 06:56 PM

Under community quarantine, when do you need a travel authority? 1
A police officer inspects a motorist at a checkpoint along España Boulevard in Manila on the first working day of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) on May 18, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Malacañang clarified on Monday the rules on the use of a travel authority as lockdown measures across the Philippines largely eased.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said a travel authority would mainly be needed for inter-province travel for purposes other than work, and medical emergencies. 

The said passes can be acquired from the Philippine National Police.

"Iyong mga biyahe po na tatawid ng probinsiya o involving 2 provinces, kinakailangan po ng travel authority pa rin," he said in a virtual press briefing.

(For travels that would involve 2 provinces, you still need a travel authority.)

For those traveling within Metro Manila, a travel authority is also no longer needed.

"Hindi ninyo na po kinakailangan ng travel authority kung kayo ay nasa Metro Manila at iikot sa iba’t-ibang siyudad ng Metro Manila. Pero siyempre po hanggang hindi kinakailangan, homeliner muna tayo," Roque said.

(You no longer need a travel authority if you're traveling within Metro Manila. But as much as possible, be a homeliner.)

Workers who need to cross one city or province to another just need to present their employment certificates or IDs at checkpoints, he added.

Family and medical emergencies are also exempted from the travel authority requirement.

The easing of travel restrictions comes as Metro Manila, Pangasinan province, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Central Visayas, Davao City, and Zamboanga City transitioned to a general community quarantine or GCQ on Monday.

The rest of the country will meanwhile shift to a modified GCQ, the transition point to the "new normal" or the full lifting of community quarantine measures.