Government Reimposes Ban On Non-Essential Overseas Travel
After less than a month loosening overseas travel restriction, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Thursday that the government will reimpose the ban on outbound overseas travel. According to the Presidential Spokesperson, the reason for bringing back the restriction is because travel insurance companies did not agree to the conditions laid out by the task force.
The task force said back on July 7 that the travelers must have adequate travel health insurance to cover possible rebooking and extended accommodation expenses amid the COVID-19 pandemic But only one travel insurance company agreed to the government’s terms said, Roque.
The Presidential Spokesperson, however, clarified that those with bookings for nonessential travel as of July 20 will still be allowed to leave. In a press briefing, he said that nonessential travel will be suspended until we can find more insurance companies that will agree. Maybe we will forward this to the insurance commissioner so they can convince the companies.
In the government’s bid to restart the economy amidst the rising number of COVID-19 and lockdown measures in the country, travel restrictions were gradually relaxed in the past month.