MANILA - Filipinos who plan to travel abroad as tourists are still barred from leaving the country, the Bureau of Immigration said Sunday.
The reminder came after 6 Filipinos attempted to travel to Cambodia via a chartered flight from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) supposedly for a "business meeting on shrimp farming," according to BI port operations acting chief Grifton Medina.
“We want to emphasize and reiterate that Filipinos are still prohibited from leaving the country unless they are Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), holders of study visas or permanent residents in the country of their destination,” Immigration commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement.
Medina urged Filipinos who wish to travel abroad for leisure trips or to visit their relatives to be "patient and wait" for government to lift travel restrictions.
"These travel restrictions are only temporary and we should always bear in mind that the government implemented these measures to protect our countrymen against this deadly coronavirus," he said.
International flight operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 will resume Wednesday, authorities said. Foreign nationals stuck in the Philippines are free to leave the country.