PHILIPPINES — Travel Restrictions in the country included banning entry from 20 countries following the reports that a traveler from the UK tested positive for COVID-19.
One out of 79 passengers of a flight that entered the Philippines a few days before Christmas tested positive for the new strain of COVID-19. The new strain was reported to be 70 percent more contagious.
The 72 passengers landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Metro Manila and the remaining seven passengers landed at Clark International Airport in Pampanga.
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As a precautionary measure, the Philippine government imposed several restrictions.
Travel Restrictions and Community Quarantine
Continuing to the 15th of January 2021, flights to the Philippines from the United Kingdom will remain suspended along with travelers passing through or coming from 20 listed countries, which could still increase according to the Department of Health (DOH) Secretary, Francisco Duque III.
Countries included in the list are the United Kingdom, Switzerland, South Africa, Italy, Israel, Denmark, Spain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Singapore, Netherlands, Lebanon, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Sweden, South Korea, Iceland, and Australia.
Meanwhile, entry will be allowed for travelers who are already in transit and are scheduled to arrive before December 30, 2020.
However, all travelers coming from or passing through the listed countries are all subject to a mandatory 14-day strict quarantine in addition to the RT-PCR test required at the terminals.
The Philippine government likewise imposed a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) on parts of Luzon including the National Capital Region (Metro Manila), provinces of Batangas, Isabela, and Santiago City; parts of Visayas, including Tacloban, and cities of Iloilo; and parts of Mindanao including Davao City, Davao del Norte, Iligan City, and Lanao del Sur.
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All other areas in the country remain under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).
The country’s safety procedures include the mandatory wearing of both face masks and face shields when in public places, along with checking of Quarantine Passes.