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Filipino repatriates from UAE exempted from entry ban in Philippines

 

DUBAI – Filipinos who are being repatriated from the UAE are exempted from an entry ban that the Philippines has imposed on travelers from the emirates.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said that the exemption applies to Filipinos on repatriation flights arranged by the Philippine government as well as non-Philippine government repatriation efforts.

“Apart from the repatriation programs of the Philippine government, the IATF exempted non-Philippine government repatriation efforts to the entry restrictions imposed on travelers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates,” said Roque, who is also the spokesperson for the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID).

This means that Filipinos coming from the seven restricted countries are still allowed to enter the Philippines if they are part of government or non-government repatriation efforts.

Roque said the IATF-EID also allowed foreigners holding Resident Retiree’s Visa to visit the Philippines upon the recommendation of the Department of Tourism.

“On another matter, the IATF allowed foreign nationals holding Special Resident Retiree’s Visa to enter the Philippines without the need of an entry exemption document,” he said.

An extended entry ban on all other travelers from UAE, Oman, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh remains in place until June 15.

On Thursday, the IATF-EID directed the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to coordinate on the departure of returning Filipinos.

In the case of non-Philippine government repatriation, all Filipino repatriates from countries with travel restrictions must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to their flight, Roque said.

“The airline or the shipping line is responsible to check on this requirement. A copy of the negative RT-PCR test result of the repatriate shall be submitted to the BOQ [Bureau of Quarantine] upon arrival in the port of entry in the Philippines,” he said.

Roque said the BOQ’s approval is needed for the entry of flight or vessel carrying Filipino repatriates to the Phlippines.

“In this connection, the concerned local manning agency (in the case of seafarers), the Philippine recruitment agency (for land-based workers), or the sponsoring Philippine government agency shall submit an exemption request to the DOH-BOQ, the approval of which is tantamount to IATF’s approval on the repatriation effort,” he said.

All repatriates from countries covered by the travel ban are required to undergo a strict 14-day facility-based quarantine upon their arrival, Roque said.

All travelers arriving in the Philippines, including those already vaccinated against Covid-19, must stay in a quarantine facility for 10 days and observe home quarantine for four days.

Travelers are also required to undertake RT-PCR testing on their seventh day in the Philippines. ICA/Expat Media

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