According to the article published on GMA News, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that a total of 40 countries have already relaxed their inbound travel restrictions to Filipinos, subject to strict medical restrictions and other protocols imposed by their respective governments.
In an advisory released by DFA, among the countries that now allow Filipinos to enter their territories were Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, New Macedonia, Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya and Sudan.
Meanwhile, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Marshall Islands, Sri Lanka and Guyana now allow entry exemptions to Filipinos who are dual citizens of the destination country and/or returning residents, overseas Filipino workers with work visas and contracts, diplomatic or UN passport holders and government officials going to post or on official travels.
On the other hand, fifty-five countries/territories still do not allow entry into their borders.
Moreover, 146 countries now allow Filipinos to return to the Philippines, subject to flight availability and other special arrangements.
In fact, DFA said this development has contributed to the successful repatriation of more than 115,000 OFWs since February.
Of course, with this increase number of countries easing their inbound and outbound travel restrictions, DFA advises the public to always check ahead of travel dates with airlines, as well as with relevant embassies or consulates before departure or before booking a ticket.