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At the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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Philippines imposes travel restrictions on UAE

 

MANILA – Starting on Sunday (January 17), the Philippines imposed travel restrictions on the UAE, requiring Filipinos arriving from the emirates to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

According to the Philippine government, the 14-day quarantine on arrival is mandatory, even if passengers test negative in the PCR test for Covid-19.

Filipinos arriving from the UAE to the Philippines will be allowed to enter the country but will need to stay in a quarantine facility during the two-week period.

Non-Filipino travelers from the UAE and from more than 30 countries on the list of restricted countries will not be allowed entry to the Philippines until the end of January.

All unaccompanied minor Filipino citizens “shall not be allowed boarding by the airlines until January 31, 2021, except minors returning through the repatriation programme of the national government”.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the new travel restriction will remain in place until January 31.

The new travel rule, which affects more than 30 countries, comes after Philippine officials stepped up health efforts amid reports of a new strain of coronavirus—first detected in the UK—that is threatening the globe.

Countries affected by the travel ban

Countries affected by the temporary ban include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, UK and USA.

Exemption

Passengers exempted from the travel restrictions include unaccompanied minor Filipinos under the government repatriation programme, local or accredited non-Filipino diplomats and international organisations, non-Filipino dignitaries, and medical and emergency cases, including medical escorts with valid entry visa. ICA/Expat Media


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