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Airlines Updates

Published on 16.10.2020
Philippine Airlines schedules limited Auckland service in Nov/Dec 2020

Published on 07.10.2020
Philippines AirAsia to resume flights to Zamboanga and General Santos from 27-28 October

Published on 29.09.2020
Philippine Airlines to resume flights to Boracay on 1 October

16.09.2020 Philippine Airlines in recent schedule update filed additional changes to its planned International operation for Northern winter 2020/21 season, from 25OCT20 to 27MAR21. As of 15SEP20, planned operation (excluding Mainland China routes) as follows. Due to various travel restrictions and market condition, additional changes remain possible. Certain routes may see reservation not available on selected dates.

Note specific dates listed below is based on Manila departure.

Cebu – Bangkok 3 weekly (no changes)
Cebu – Los Angeles Service resumption since 2017, PR to operate on 09JAN21, 06FEB21, 20FEB21, and 1 weekly from 06MAR21 (reduce from planned 3 weekly)
Cebu – Nagoya Reduce from 5 to 2 weekly
Cebu – Osaka Kansai Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly (5 weekly from 05DEC20)
Cebu – Seoul Incheon 7 weekly (no changes)
Cebu – Tokyo Narita Reduce from 14 to 3 weekly (5 weekly from 01DEC20)
Clark – Seoul Incheon Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly until 31DEC20
Manila – Auckland Service operates on following dates: 19NOV20, 17DEC20, 20DEC20, and 2 weekly from 03JAN21 (Reduce from 3 weekly)
Manila – Bangkok Reduce from 25 to 7 weekly (14 weekly from 01DEC20) until 31DEC20
Manila – Brisbane Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly until 31DEC20
Manila – Busan 7 weekly (no changes)
Manila – Dammam Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly until 30NOV20
Manila – Denpasar Reduce from 7 to 2 weekly (3 weekly from 01DEC20) until 31DEC20
Manila – Doha Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly until 30NOV20
Manila – Dubai Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly (Except 13DEC20 – 31JAN21)
Manila – Fukuoka Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly (5 weekly from 01DEC20)
Manila – Guam Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly until 30NOV20
Manila – Hanoi Reduce from 4 to 1 weekly (2 weekly from 01DEC20)
Manila – Ho Chi Minh City Reduce from 8 to 5 weekly (7 weekly from 01DEC20)
Manila – Hong Kong Reduce from 35 to 14 weekly (21 weekly from 01DEC20)
Manila – Honolulu Reduce from 5 to 4 weekly until 30NOV20
Manila – Jakarta Reduce from 10 to 2 weekly (4 weekly from 01DEC20) until 31DEC20
Manila – Kuala Lumpur Reduce from 11 to 3 weekly (4 weekly from 01DEC20, 7 weekly from 01JAN21)
Manila – London Heathrow Reduce from 5 to 2 weekly (3 weekly from 05DEC20)
Manila – Los Angeles Reduce from 14 to 5 weekly (7 weekly from 01DEC20, 10 weekly from 11DEC20)
Manila – Macau Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly
Manila – Melbourne Service to resume on 01JAN21, reduce from 5 to 3 weekly
Manila – Nagoya Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly until 30NOV20
Manila – New York JFK Reduce from 7 to 2 weekly (3 weekly from 06DEC20)
Manila – Osaka Kansai Reduce from 14 to 7 weekly (11 weekly from 01DEC20)
Manila – Perth Planned service resumption since August 2013 is now scheduled from 29MAR21
Manila – Phnom Penh Reduce from 5 to 1 weekly (2 weekly from 07DEC20
Manila – Port Moresby Reduce from 4 to 2 weekly (1 weekly from 01DEC20) until 28DEC20
Manila – Riyadh Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly until 30NOV20
Manila – San Francisco Reduce from 14 to 3 weekly (5 weekly from 20NOV20, 7 weekly from 15DEC20)
Manila – Sapporo New Chitose Service to resume on 21DEC20, reduce from 3 to 2 weekly
Manila – Seoul Incheon 14 weekly (no changes)
Manila – Singapore Reduce from 28 to 7 weekly (14 weekly from 01DEC20)
Manila – Sydney Service operates on following dates: 13DEC20, 20DEC20, 22DEC20, and 5 weekly (reduced from 6) from 01JAN21
Manila – Taipei Taoyuan Reduce from 14 to 4 weekly (7 weekly from 01DEC20) until 31DEC20
Manila – Tokyo Haneda Reduce from 14 to 7 weekly (10 weekly from 01DEC20)
Manila – Tokyo Narita Reduce from 14 to 8 weekly (10 weekly from 01DEC20)
Manila – Toronto Reduce from 7 to 2 weekly (3 weekly from 01DEC20)
Manila – Vancouver Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly until 30NOV20

Cebu Pacific this week further revised planned International operation, for the month of September 2020. Based on latest update as of 14SEP20, planned operation as follows.

Manila – Dubai 2 weekly
Manila – Seoul Incheon 1 weekly (Outbound only)
Manila – Singapore 2 weekly

10.09.2020 Cebu Pacific as of Wednesday (09SEP20) updated planned International service for the month of September, while releasing planned Dubai operation in October 2020. Latest adjustment as follows.

Due to various travel restrictions, passenger traffic rights is not available on certain direction on selected routes.

Manila – Dubai 2 weekly (3 weekly from 01OCT20)
Manila – Nagoya 1 weekly
Manila – Osaka Kansai 1 weekly
Manila – Seoul Incheon 1 weekly
Manila – Singapore 2 weekly
Manila – Tokyo Narita 2 weekly

Published on 04.09.2020
Philippine Airlines Sep 2020 International operations as of 02SEP20

01.09.2020 Philippines AirAsia during the month of September 2020 plans to operate following routes, based on the airline’s press release issued on 31AUG20. Further changes remain highly possible, due to various local regulations.

Cebu – Davao 1 weekly (3 weekly from 08SEP20)
Clark – Davao 1 weekly (4 weekly from 08SEP20)
Manila – Bacolod 4 weekly (1 daily from 08SEP20)
Manila – Cagayan de Oro 2 weekly (10 weekly from 08SEP20)
Manila – Caticlan eff 08SEP20 4 weekly
Manila – Cebu 1 daily (2 daily from 08SEP20)
Manila – Davao 2 weekly (2 daily from 08SEP20)
Manila – Iloilo 1 weekly (1 daily from 08SEP20)
Manila – Kalibo eff 08SEP20 4 weekly
Manila – Kota Kinabalu 1 weekly
Manila – Kuala Lumpur 2 weekly
Manila – Puerto Princesa 2 weekly (1 daily from 08SEP20)
Manila – Tacloban 4 weekly (1 daily from 08SEP20)
Manila – Tagbilaran eff 16SEP20 1 daily
Published on 28.08.2020
Cebu Pacific Sep 2020 domestic operations as of 28AUG20

Published on 21.08.2020
Philippine Airlines Oct – Dec 2020 International inventory adjustment as of 20AUG20

Published on 20.08.2020
Cebu Pacific 19 – 31AUG20 domestic operations as of 20AUG20
Philippine Airlines 19 – 31AUG20 domestic operations as of 19AUG20

Published on 18.08.2020
Cebu Pacific Sep 2020 Preliminary International network as of 16AUG20
Cebu Pacific will resume domestic flights to, from Manila on 19 August

Published on 13.08.2020
Cebu Pacific increases Dubai flight in August 2020
Cebu Pacific Singapore service changes from late-August 2020

Published on 10.08.2020
Cebu Pacific to increase flight frequency on Manila-Dubai-Manila route starting August 13

06.08.2020 Philippine Airlines this week revises domestic operation,  due to suspension of all domestic service to/from Manila, for the period of 04AUG20 – 18AUG20. As of 05AUG20, further reduced domestic operations as follow.

Cebu – Cagayan de Oro 2 weekly
Cebu – Davao 
1 weekly
Cebu – Dipolog eff 10AUG20 1 weekly
Cebu – Dumaguete eff 10AUG20 2 weekly
Cebu – Tacloban 2 weekly
Cebu – Zamboanga 1 weekly
Clark – Davao 1 weekly

Published on 04.08.2020
Cebu Pacific, PAL cancel domestic flights via Manila Aug. 4-18

03.08.2020

Philippines AirAsia in August 2020 plans to operate limited International service, with 1 weekly flight each to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. The airline intends to resume service to Taipei from mid-August 2020, although further adjustment remains likely. Various travel restriction continues to impact the airline’s planned operation and traffic rights.Manila – Bangkok Don Mueang 1 weekly
Z2287 MNL1820 – 2050DMK 320 1
Z2288 DMK2120 – 0145+1MNL 320 1

Manila – Kuala Lumpur 1 weekly
Z2942 MNL0620 – 1020KUL 320 2
Z2943 KUL1045 – 1450MNL 320 2

Manila – Taipei Taoyuan eff 18AUG20 1 weekly
Z2124 MNL0745 – 1000TPE 320 2
Z2125 TPE1025 – 1255MNL 320 2

31.07.2020 Cebu Pacific on Thursday (30JUL20) announced additional International service restoration, for August 2020. Previously highlighted on Airlineroute, the airline’s latest statement confirmed its plan to resume service to Singapore and Taipei, with revised service resumption date.

Latest International operation for August 2020 as follows.

Manila – Dubai 1 weekly A330
Manila – Osaka Kansai eff 07AUG20 1 weekly A330
Manila – Seoul Incheon eff 06AUG20 1 weekly A330
Manila – Singapore eff 06AUG20 2 weekly A321
Manila – Taipei Taoyuan eff 07AUG20 2 weekly A321
Manila – Tokyo Narita eff 01AUG20 2 weekly A330

The airline continues to list following International service resumption for August 2020, however these remain unconfirmed for the moment.
Manila – Nagoya eff 02AUG20 2 weekly A321neo
Manila – Shanghai Pu Dong eff 01AUG20 1 weekly A330

30.07.2020 Cebu Pacific on Wednesday (29JUL20) issued latest statement regarding International operation in August 2020. Based on the statement, the airline has confirmed service resumption for Osaka, Seoul, and Tokyo. Due to travel restrictions, passenger traffic rights is not available on certain direction (except Dubai).

Manila – Dubai 1 weekly A330
Manila – Osaka Kansai eff 07AUG20 1 weekly A330
Manila – Seoul Incheon eff 06AUG20 1 weekly A330
Manila – Tokyo Narita eff 01AUG20 2 weekly A330

The airline continues to list following International service resumption for August 2020, however this remains unconfirmed for the moment.
Manila – Nagoya eff 02AUG20 2 weekly A321neo
Manila – Shanghai Pu Dong eff 01AUG20 1 weekly A330
Manila – Singapore eff 01AUG20 2 weekly A321
Manila – Taipei Taoyuan eff 05AUG20 2 weekly A321

Published on 28.07.2020
Cebu Pacific to resume flights from Manila to Incheon from 6 August

20.07.2020 Cebu Pacific during the month of August 2020 intends to resume selected International service, in addition to existing service to Dubai. Based on 19JUL20 OAG schedules listing, preliminary operation for August 2020 as follows.

Reservation for these flights are not available on the airline’s website. Additional changes is expected in the next few days.

Manila – Dubai 1 weekly A330
Manila – Nagoya eff 02AUG20 2 weekly A321neo
Manila – Osaka Kansai eff 07AUG20 1 weekly A330
Manila – Seoul Incheon eff 06AUG20 1 weekly A330
Manila – Shanghai Pu Dong eff 01AUG20 1 weekly A330
Manila – Singapore eff 01AUG20 2 weekly A321
Manila – Taipei Taoyuan eff 05AUG20 2 weekly A321
Manila – Tokyo Narita eff 01AUG20 2 weekly A330

20.07.2020 Philippine Airlines in the last few days extended interim schedule until the end of summer 2020 season in late-October 2020, although additional changes is expected. The following focuses on the airline’s planned International operation for August and September 2020, as of 17JUL20.

Due to COVID testing/quarantine limitation, International inbound service The Philippines may operate to Cebu and Clark, instead of Manila. The airline provides latest update on these changes on its website.

Cebu – Seoul Incheon eff 01SEP20 1 daily A321 (service pending)
Cebu – Tokyo Narita 1 weekly A321
Clark – Seoul Incheon eff 03SEP20 4 weekly A320 (service pending)
Manila – Bangkok 2 weekly A321 (3 weekly from 07SEP20)
Manila – Busan eff 01SEP20 1 daily A321/330 (service pending)
Manila – Dammam 2 weekly A330-300
Manila – Doha 1 weekly A330-300 (3 weekly from 04SEP20)
Manila – Dubai 2 weekly A330-300 (3 weekly from 05SEP20)
Manila – Fukuoka 1 weekly A321 (2 weekly from 19AUG20)
Manila – Guam 1 weekly A321 (2 weekly from 03SEP20)
Manila – Ho Chi Minh City 1 weekly A321
Manila – Hong Kong 2 weekly A321 (3 weekly from 17AUG20, 5 from 03SEP20)
Manila – Honolulu 1 weekly A330-300 (2 weekly from 05SEP20)
Manila – Jakarta Service operates every 14 days, A321 operating
Manila – Kuala Lumpur 1 weekly A321 (2 weekly from 02SEP20)
Manila – London Heathrow 1 weekly A350
Manila – Los Angeles 4 weekly 777-300ER (5 weekly from 03SEP20)
Manila – Macau eff 04SEP20 2 weekly A321
Manila – Nagoya 2 weekly A321
Manila – New York JFK 1 weekly A350
Manila – Osaka Kansai 3 weekly A321 (4 weekly from 03SEP20)
Manila – Port Moresby One flight scheduled on 27AUG20, followed by 1 weekly from 24SEP20, A321 operating
Manila – Riyadh 2 weekly A330-300 (3 weekly from 03SEP20)
Manila – San Francisco 2 weekly 777-300ER (3 weekly from 07SEP20)
Manila – Seoul Incheon eff 01SEP20 2 daily A321/330 (service pending)
Manila – Singapore 3 weekly A321 (4 weekly from 05SEP20)
Manila – Sydney Service operates every 14 days, A330-300 operating
Manila – Taipei Taoyuan 2 weekly A321 (3 weekly from 04SEP20)
Manila – Tianjin A330-300 operates on 05AUG20 / 12AUG20
Manila – Tokyo Haneda 3 weekly A321 (4 weekly from 04SEP20)
Manila – Tokyo Narita 3 weekly A321 (4 weekly from 06SEP20)
Manila – Toronto 1 weekly A350
Manila – Vancouver 2 weekly 777-300ER (3 weekly from 01SEP20)

Published on 17.07.2020
Philippines AirAsia domestic network adjustment from July 2020

Published on 13.07.2020
Cebu Pacific resumes Dubai service from mid-July 2020

Published on 10.07.2020
Philippines’ Cebu Pacific to resume Manila-Dubai flights

17.06.2020 Philippine Airlines in the last few days filed additional changes to its planned International service, as limited schedule being extended to late-July 2020. As of 16JUN20, planned International service for the period of 16JUN20 – 31JUL20 as follows.

Various travel restrictions will impact the airline’s passenger traffic rights, while further adjustment remains likely.

Manila – Dammam eff 27JUN20 1 weekly A330-300
Manila – Doha eff 02JUL20 1 weekly A330-300
Manila – Dubai eff 16JUN20 1 weekly A330-300
Manila – Guam eff 12JUN20 1 weekly A321
Manila – Ho Chi Minh City eff 20JUN20 1 weekly A321
Manila – Hong Kong eff 19JUN20 1 weekly A321 (2 weekly from 05JUL20)
Manila – Honolulu eff 13JUN20 1 weekly A330-300
Manila – Jakarta eff 13JUN20 1 weekly A321
Manila – Kuala Lumpur eff 13JUN20 1 weekly A321
Manila – London Heathrow 1 weekly A350-900XWB
Manila – Los Angeles 3 weekly 777-300ER
Manila – Nagoya eff 25JUN20 2 weekly A321 (3 weekly from 05JUL20)
Manila – New York JFK 1 weekly A350-900XWB
Manila – Osaka Kansai eff 22JUN20 2 weekly A321 (3 weekly from 05JUL20)
Manila – Riyadh eff 29JUN20 1 weekly A330-300
Manila – San Francisco 2 weekly 777-300ER
Manila – Singapore eff 19JUN20 3 weekly A321
Manila – Taipei Taoyuan eff 19JUN20 1 weekly A321 (2 weekly from 01JUL20)
Manila – Toronto 1 weekly A350-900XWB
Manila – Vancouver 2 weekly 777-300ER
Manila – Xiamen eff 17JUN20 1 weekly A321
Published on 09.06.2020

PAL cancels 8 international flights set for June 10-12

 

Published on 02.06.2020
Cebu Pacific 03/04JUN20 domestic operations

01.06.2020 Philippine Airlines today (01JUN20) gradually resumes scheduled operation, initially on domestic market. Planned domestic operation for the month of June 2020, as of 31MAY20 as follows.

Further changes remain likely.

Cebu – Bacolod eff 15JUN20 5 weekly
Cebu – Busuanga eff 15JUN20 1 daily
Cebu – Butuan eff 15JUN20 5 weekly
Cebu – Cagayan de Oro eff 15JUN20 5 weekly (1 daily from 27JUN20)
Cebu – Caticlan eff 15JUN20 5 weekly
Cebu – Davao eff 08JUN20 1 daily
Cebu – Dipolog eff 22JUN20 4 weekly
Cebu – General Santos eff 15JUN20 4 weekly
Cebu – Ilo Ilo eff 17JUN20 3 weekly
Cebu – Legaspi eff 15JUN20 4 weekly
Cebu – Manila eff 01JUN20 1 daily (2 daily from 15JUN20)
Cebu – Ozamiz eff 17JUN20 3 weekly
Cebu – Puerto Princesa eff 17JUN20 3 weekly
Cebu – Tacloban eff 15JUN20 5 weekly
Cebu – Zamboanga eff 15JUN20 1 daily
Davao – Ilo Ilo eff 15JUN20 1 daily
Davao – Manila eff 01JUN20 1 daily (2 daily from 15JUN20)
Davao – Panglao (Tagbilaran) eff 01JUN20 1 weekly (No operation 02JUN20 – 14JUN20, 1 daily from 15JUN20)
Davao – Zamboanga eff 01JUN20 1 weekly (No operation 02JUN20 – 15JUN20, 1 daily from 16JUN20)
General Santos – Ilo Ilo eff 17JUN20 3 weekly
Manila – Bacolod eff 01JUN20 1 daily (except 03JUN20 – 07JUN20)
Manila – Basco eff 08JUN20 4 weekly
Manila – Busuanga eff 02JUN20 1 weekly (5 weekly from 09JUN20)
Manila – Butuan eff 08JUN20 4 weekly (5 weekly from 15JUN20)
Manila – Cagayan de Oro eff 03JUN20 3 weekly (1 daily from 15JUN20)
Manila – Caticlan eff 08JUN20 4 weekly (5 weekly from 16JUN20)
Manila – Cotabato eff 08JUN20 4 weekly (5 weekly from 15JUN20)
Manila – Dipolog eff 08JUN20 4 weekly (5 weekly from 22JUN20)
Manila – Dumaguete eff 03JUN20 3 weekly (1 daily from 12JUN20)
Manila – General Santos eff 08JUN20 4 weekly
Manila – Ilo Ilo eff 01JUN20 1 daily
Manila – Kalibo eff 10JUN20 3 weekly
Manila – Laoag eff 02JUN20 1 weekly (4 weekly from 09JUN20, 8 from 15JUN20)
Manila – Legazpi eff 10JUN20 3 weekly
Manila – Ozamiz eff 08JUN20 4 weekly (5 weekly from 22JUN20)
Manila – Pagadian eff 02JUN20 1 weekly (4 weekly from 09JUN20)
Manila – Panglao (Tagbilaran) eff 05JUN20 3 weekly (5 weekly from 12JUN20)
Manila – Puerto Princesa eff 08JUN20 4 weekly (1 daily from 15JUN20)
Manila – Roxas eff 08JUN20 4 weekly
Manila – Siargao eff 01JUN20 1 weekly (3 weekly from 08JUN20, 1 daily from 22JUN20)
Manila – Tacloban eff 01JUN20 3 weekly (1 daily from 08JUN20, 2 daily from 22JUN20)
Manila – Zamboanga eff 01JUN20 1 weekly (1 daily from 10JUN20)
Zamboanga – Tawi Tawi eff 15JUN20 3 weekly

Published on 30.05.2020
Cebu Pacific Air to resume some domestic flights on 2 June; international flights to remain suspended until 30 June
Philippine Airlines releases international flight schedule starting 1 June
Philippine Airlines delays resumption of domestic flights until 8 June

Published on 27.05.2020
Philippine Airlines June 2020 North American Preliminary operations, eff. 01JUN20

Published on 25.05.2020
Philippine Airlines June 2020 Regional operations as of 25MAY20,

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Philippines
Crossing Rules
  • Face shields are mandatory for passengers travelling to and departing from Philippines.
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter or transit Philippines.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers, provided they are holding a valid and existing visa, proof of a pre-booked accredited quarantine facility and a pre-booked Covid-19 test:
    • Nationals of Philippines, and their spouses and minor children (children regardless of age if they have special needs),
    • Foreign parents of Filipino minor children (children regardless of age if they have special needs),
    • Passengers holding a letter from the relevant department addressed to the Bureau of Immigration permitting the passenger to enter,
    • Foreign government and international organisation officials accredited to Philippines​, including their dependents,
    • Crew members (they are exempt from holding a visa or proof of a pre-booked quarantine facility and a pre-booked Covid-19 test),
    • Seamen with a 9[C] visa,
    • Foreign partners of pregnant Filipino nationals with an approval from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs,
    • Passengers holding one of the following visas:
      • 13 Quota, 13[a], 13[b], 13[c], 13[d], 13[e], 13[g] visas,
      • RA 7919 visa,
      • EO324 visa,
      • Native born visa,
      • Temporary resident visa issued based on Section 13 [a] of CA 613 as amended in Memorandum Order NO.ADD-01-038/ADD-02-015,
      • Permanent resident visa issued based on Section 13 [a] of CA 613 under Memorandum Order NO. MCL-07-021.
      • Visas issued by the Bureau of Immigration pursuant to Executive Order No. 226, or the Omnibus Investments Code, as amended, and Republic Act. No. 8756,
      • 47(a)(2) visas issued by the Department of Justice,
      • Visas issued by the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.
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Flight Restrictions

published 26.10.2020

Total entry ban
Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to spouses, minors or children with special needs of nationals of the Philippines.
– This does not apply to parents of a minor or a child with special needs who is a national of the Philippines.
– This does not apply to passengers with a 13(a), 13(b), 13(c), 13(d), 13(e), 13(g), RA 7919, EO324 or Native-born visa issued by the Philippines.

Passengers are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test upon arrival at their own expense.

Passengers must have a reservation confirmation of a hotel approved by Tourism and Health Agencies.

A completed “Case Investigation Form” must be presented upon arrival. The form can be obtained at c19.redcross.org.ph.

Passengers traveling to Davao (DVO) must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 72 hours before departure.

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.

Passengers arriving at any international port of entry may be subjected to mandatory quarantine (for a maximum of 14 days) and/or be required to undergo Covid-19 testing on arrival. You are expected to pay the costs of your quarantine and/or Covid-19 testing.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

Passengers arriving at any international port of entry may be subjected to mandatory quarantine (for a maximum of 14 days) and/or be required to undergo Covid-19 testing on arrival. You are expected to pay the costs of your quarantine and/or Covid-19 testing.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2019)
Malaria risk exists throughout the year in 9 remaining endemic provinces (Palawan, Sultan Kudarat, Davao del
norte, Maguindanao, Sulu, Mindoro occidental, Tawi-tawi, Cagayan Valley and Davao City).
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: C

Other country requirement(s) (2019):
International certificate of polio vaccination is required for travellers arriving from or going to high-risk
countries. Meningococcal vaccine is required for Hajj pilgrims.

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Full Restrictions

  • Philippines Latest News: Siargao to reopen to tourists on 23 November; nighttime COVID-19 curfew in place; flights to island to resume on 1 December (CNN, 20.11.2020). Government will allow flights to resume to, from Iloilo (Malaysia Sun, 20.10.2020). Commercial flights resume at General Santos International Airport after suspension caused by COVID-19(Manila Bulletin, 19.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Philippine government has announced temporary entry restrictions. Foreign spouses and children travelling with a Filipino national and members of international organisations already accredited to the Philippines will be exempt from this restriction. Since 1 August 2020, foreign nationals with long-term visas have been permitted to enter the Philippines subject to the following conditions: must have valid and existing visas at the time of entry. However, no new entry visa will be accepted; have made a booking with an accredited quarantine facility; and be subject to Covid-19 testing requirements; subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers as set by the National Task Force for COVID-19.
    Since 9 August 2020, the following categories of traveller have been permitted to enter the Philippines on the condition that a valid visa is secured prior to travel: A foreign spouse of a Filipino national;
    A minor child of a Filipino; Children with special needs, regardless of age, of a Fiipino; foreign parent of minor Filipinos; and foreign parent of Filipino children with special needs, regardless of age
    accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents; foreign airline crew members; foreign seafarers with (9c) visa.
    Quarantine requirements – Passengers arriving at any international port of entry may be subjected to mandatory quarantine (for a maximum of 14 days) and/or be required to undergo Covid-19 testing on arrival. You are expected to pay the costs of your quarantine and/or Covid-19 testing.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Measures have been introduced by the Philippine government to prevent the spread of coronavirus; these differ across the country. The National Capital Region (Metro Manila), Bacolod, Batangas, Iloilo City and Tacloban are subject to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) measures. The rest of the Philippines is under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). However, changes can be made at short notice so you should monitor the status in your local area. Non-essential travel, including for tourist purposes, is now permitted between GCQ and MGCQ regions. There may be entry requirements imposed from region to region so you should check with the relevant local authority. Metro Manila is currently subject to a curfew from midnight-4am with the exception of Navotas City which has curfew hours of 8pm-4am.
    Some cities are imposing age restrictions on people permitted to leave their residence for non-essential reasons. These vary by region so you should familiarise yourself with the requirements in your local area.
    The wearing of face shields while on public transport is now mandatory. This includes but is not limited to trains, buses, jeepneys, taxis, boats and ships. The order also includes aeroplanes. You should check with your airline in advance whether they will provide a shield or whether you need to bring your own.
    You should closely monitor announcements from local authorities to understand the latest restrictions and regulations where you are situated, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services. Check the requirements of your local authority such as barangay clearance, health certificate or travel authority for any travel outside of your residence, including to the airport. For further information on rules and restrictions relating to quarantine classifications, visit the Department for Health website.

    Travel to the airport: From 28 November, some airports including Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) require passengers to download the ‘Traze Contact Tracing’ app prior to entry. You can find further information on the NAIA facebook page.

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    27.11.2020
  • Philippines Latest News: Government will allow flights to resume to, from Iloilo (Malaysia Sun, 20.10.2020). Commercial flights resume at General Santos International Airport after suspension caused by COVID-19(Manila Bulletin, 19.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Philippine government has announced temporary entry restrictions. Foreign spouses and children travelling with a Filipino national and members of international organisations already accredited to the Philippines will be exempt from this restriction. Since 1 August 2020, foreign nationals with long-term visas have been permitted to enter the Philippines subject to the following conditions: must have valid and existing visas at the time of entry. However, no new entry visa will be accepted; have made a booking with an accredited quarantine facility; and be subject to Covid-19 testing requirements; subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers as set by the National Task Force for COVID-19.
    Since 9 August 2020, the following categories of traveller have been permitted to enter the Philippines on the condition that a valid visa is secured prior to travel: A foreign spouse of a Filipino national;
    A minor child of a Filipino; Children with special needs, regardless of age, of a Fiipino; foreign parent of minor Filipinos; and foreign parent of Filipino children with special needs, regardless of age
    accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents; foreign airline crew members; foreign seafarers with (9c) visa.
    Quarantine requirements – Passengers arriving at any international port of entry may be subjected to mandatory quarantine (for a maximum of 14 days) and/or be required to undergo Covid-19 testing on arrival. You are expected to pay the costs of your quarantine and/or Covid-19 testing.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Measures have been introduced by the Philippine government to prevent the spread of coronavirus; these differ across the country. The National Capital Region (Metro Manila), Bacolod, Batangas, Iloilo City and Tacloban are subject to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) measures. The rest of the Philippines is under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). However, changes can be made at short notice so you should monitor the status in your local area.
    Non-essential travel, including for tourist purposes, is now permitted between GCQ and MGCQ regions. There may be entry requirements imposed from region to region so you should check with the relevant local authority.
    Metro Manila is currently subject to a curfew from midnight-4am with the exception of Navotas City which has curfew hours of 8pm-4am.
    Some cities are imposing age restrictions on people permitted to leave their residence for non-essential reasons. These vary by region so you should familiarise yourself with the requirements in your local area.
    The wearing of face shields while on public transport is now mandatory. This includes but is not limited to trains, buses, jeepneys, taxis, boats and ships. The order also includes aeroplanes. You should check with your airline in advance whether they will provide a shield or whether you need to bring your own.
    You should closely monitor announcements from local authorities to understand the latest restrictions and regulations where you are situated, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services. Check the requirements of your local authority such as barangay clearance, health certificate or travel authority for any travel outside of your residence, including to the airport. For further information on rules and restrictions relating to quarantine classifications, visit the Department for Health website.

    Relaxation to restrictions:
    Fitness gyms, barber shops and internet cafes were allowed to reopen partly in manila on 1 September.

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    12.11.2020
  • Philippines Latest News: Government will allow flights to resume to, from Iloilo (Malaysia Sun, 20.10.2020). Commercial flights resume at General Santos International Airport after suspension caused by COVID-19(Manila Bulletin, 19.10.2020). Government ends ban on overseas travel for Filipino tourists (AP,15.10.2020). Direct international flights resume to, from Davao International Airport (Manila Bulletin, 13.10.2020). Government further eases COVID-19 restrictions in Manila, places city of Iligan under minor lockdown following rise in infections. (AP, 01.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights at General Santos International Airport restarted from 19 October. Only six inbound flights per week are allowed at the city’s airport operated by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia. Passengers arriving at any international port of entry may be subjected to mandatory quarantine (for a maximum of 14 days) and/or be required to undergo Covid-19 testing on arrival. You are expected to pay the costs of your quarantine and/or Covid-19 testing. The Philippine Government has confirmed that foreign nationals will be able to leave the Philippines at any time during the period of enhanced quarantine.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Measures have been introduced by the Philippine government to prevent the spread of coronavirus; these differ across the country. The National Capital Region (Metro Manila), Bacolod, Batangas, Iloilo City and Tacloban are subject to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) measures. The rest of the Philippines is under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). However, changes can be made at short notice so you should monitor the status in your local area.
    Non-essential travel, including for tourist purposes, is now permitted between GCQ and MGCQ regions. There may be entry requirements imposed from region to region so you should check with the relevant local authority.
    Metro Manila is currently subject to a curfew from midnight-4am with the exception of Navotas City which has curfew hours of 8pm-4am.
    Some cities are imposing age restrictions on people permitted to leave their residence for non-essential reasons. These vary by region so you should familiarise yourself with the requirements in your local area.
    The wearing of face shields while on public transport is now mandatory. This includes but is not limited to trains, buses, jeepneys, taxis, boats and ships. The order also includes aeroplanes. You should check with your airline in advance whether they will provide a shield or whether you need to bring your own.
    You should closely monitor announcements from local authorities to understand the latest restrictions and regulations where you are situated, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services. Check the requirements of your local authority such as barangay clearance, health certificate or travel authority for any travel outside of your residence, including to the airport. For further information on rules and restrictions relating to quarantine classifications, visit the Department for Health website.

    Relaxation to restrictions:
    Fitness gyms, barber shops and internet cafes were allowed to reopen partly in manila on 1 September.

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    21.10.2020
  • Philippines Latest News: Commercial flights resume at General Santos International Airport after suspension caused by COVID-19(Manila Bulletin, 19.10.2020). Government ends ban on overseas travel for Filipino tourists (AP,15.10.2020). Direct international flights resume to, from Davao International Airport (Manila Bulletin, 13.10.2020). Government further eases COVID-19 restrictions in Manila, places city of Iligan under minor lockdown following rise in infections. (AP, 01.09.2020)

    Interntional Restrictions:
    Commercial flights at General Santos International Airport restarted from 19 October. Only six inbound flights per week are allowed at the city’s airport operated by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia. Passengers arriving at any international port of entry may be subjected to mandatory quarantine (for a maximum of 14 days) and/or be required to undergo Covid-19 testing on arrival. You are expected to pay the costs of your quarantine and/or Covid-19 testing. The Philippine Government has confirmed that foreign nationals will be able to leave the Philippines at any time during the period of enhanced quarantine.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Measures have been introduced by the Philippine government to prevent the spread of coronavirus; these differ across the country. The National Capital Region (Metro Manila), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal are subject to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) measures from 19 August. The rest of the Philippines is under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). The wearing of face shields while on public transport is now mandatory. This includes but is not limited to trains, buses, jeepneys, taxis, boats and ships. The order also includes aeroplanes. You should check with your airline in advance whether they will provide a shield or whether you need to bring your own. You should closely monitor announcements from local authorities to understand the latest restrictions and regulations where you are situated, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services. Check the requirements of your local authority such as barangay clearance, health certificate or travel authority for any travel outside of your residence, including to the airport. For further information on rules and restrictions relating to quarantine classifications, visit the Department for Health website.

    Relaxation to restrictions:
    Fitness gyms, barber shops and internet cafes were allowed to reopen partly in manila on 1 September.

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    19.10.2020
  • Philippines Government further eases COVID-19 restrictions in Manila, places city of Iligan under minor lockdown following rise in infections. (AP, 01.09.2020)Public transport will resume operations in Manila as COVID-19-related restrictions eased (Manila Bulletin, 18.08.2020).

    *****Interntional Restrictions:
    Authorities suspended all commercial flights at General Santos International Airport from 24 August following surge in COVID-19 infections. Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Philippine government has announced a temporary change and entry visa restrictions. Passengers arriving at any international port of entry may be subjected to mandatory quarantine (for a maximum of 14 days) and/or be required to undergo Covid-19 testing on arrival. You are expected to pay the costs of your quarantine and/or Covid-19 testing. The Philippine Government has confirmed that foreign nationals will be able to leave the Philippines at any time during the period of enhanced quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Measures have been introduced by the Philippine government to prevent the spread of coronavirus; these differ across the country. The National Capital Region (Metro Manila), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal are subject to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) measures from 19 August. The rest of the Philippines is under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). The wearing of face shields while on public transport is now mandatory. This includes but is not limited to trains, buses, jeepneys, taxis, boats and ships. The order also includes aeroplanes. You should check with your airline in advance whether they will provide a shield or whether you need to bring your own. You should closely monitor announcements from local authorities to understand the latest restrictions and regulations where you are situated, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services. Check the requirements of your local authority such as barangay clearance, health certificate or travel authority for any travel outside of your residence, including to the airport. For further information on rules and restrictions relating to quarantine classifications, visit the Department for Health website [https://www.doh.gov.ph/sites/default/files/health-update/20200716-omnibus-guidelines-on-the-implementation-of-community-quarantine-in-the-philippines.pdf].

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Fitness gyms, barber shops and internet cafes were allowed to reopen partly in manila on 1 September.

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    01.09.2020
  • Philippines Public transport will resume operations in Manila as COVID-19-related restrictions eased (Manila Bulletin, 18.08.2020). Government eases lockdown in Manila, four other areas (AP, 17.08.2020) Two-week lockdown begins in Manila, outlying areas; domestic flights canceled to/from capital; night curfew returns in some areas (AP, 03.08.2020). Government to allow entry of foreign nationals with valid visas starting in August following ban related to COVID-19. Some businesses and public transport are expected to be closed in the capital. (Al Jazeera, 03.08.2020).

    *****Interntional Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating to and from the Philippines.Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Philippine government has announced a temporary change and entry visa restrictions. Passengers arriving at any international port of entry may be subjected to mandatory quarantine (for a maximum of 14 days) and/or be required to undergo Covid-19 testing on arrival. You are expected to pay the costs of your quarantine and/or Covid-19 testing. The Philippine Government has confirmed that foreign nationals will be able to leave the Philippines at any time during the period of enhanced quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Measures have been introduced by the Philippine government to prevent the spread of coronavirus; these differ across the country. The National Capital Region (Metro Manila), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal are subject to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) measures from 19 August. The rest of the Philippines is under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). The wearing of face shields while on public transport is now mandatory. This includes but is not limited to trains, buses, jeepneys, taxis, boats and ships. The order also includes aeroplanes. You should check with your airline in advance whether they will provide a shield or whether you need to bring your own. You should closely monitor announcements from local authorities to understand the latest restrictions and regulations where you are situated, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services. Check the requirements of your local authority such as barangay clearance, health certificate or travel authority for any travel outside of your residence, including to the airport. For further information on rules and restrictions relating to quarantine classifications, visit the Department for Health website [https://www.doh.gov.ph/sites/default/files/health-update/20200716-omnibus-guidelines-on-the-implementation-of-community-quarantine-in-the-philippines.pdf].

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    18.08.2020
  • Philippines Two-week lockdown begins in Manila, outlying areas; domestic flights canceled to/from capital; night curfew returns in some areas (AP, 03.08.2020). Government to allow entry of foreign nationals with valid visas starting in August following ban related to COVID-19. Some businesses and public transport are expected to be closed in the capital. (Al Jazeera, 03.08.2020).

    *****Interntional Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating to and from the Philippines. International flights may also be reduced from the current passenger cap during this period. The Philippine Government has confirmed that foreign nationals will be able to leave the Philippines at any time during the period of enhanced quarantine.Passengers arriving at any international port of entry may be subjected to mandatory quarantine (for a maximum of 14 days) and/or be required to undergo Covid-19 testing on arrival. You are expected to pay the costs of your quarantine and/or Covid-19 testing. Since 1 August 2020, foreign nationals with long-term visas have been permitted to enter the Philippines subject to the following conditions: Must have valid and existing visas at the time of entry. However, no new entry visa will be accepted; Have made a booking with an accredited quarantine facility; and be subject to Covid-19 testing requirements. Since 9 August 2020, the following categories of traveller have been permitted to enter the Philippines on the condition that a valid visa is secured prior to travel: A foreign spouse of a Filipino national; A minor child of a Filipino; Children with special needs, regardless of age, of a Fiipino; Foreign parent of minor Filipinos; and Foreign parent of Filipino children with special needs, regardless of age.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic air services to and from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have been suspended due to the imposition of MECQ in Metro Manila. Measures have been introduced by the Philippine government to prevent the spread of coronavirus; these differ across the country. The National Capital Region (Metro Manila), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal are subject to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) measures until 18 August.
    From 15 August, the wearing of face shields while on public transport is mandatory. This includes but is not limited to trains, buses, jeepneys, taxis, boats and ships. The order also includes aeroplanes. You should check with your airline in advance whether they will provide a shield or whether you need to bring your own. Luzon (Batangas), Visayas – Region 7, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue as well as the municipalities of Consolacion and Minglanilla in Cebu Province and Zamboanga within Mindanao are subject to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) until 15 August.
    The rest of the Philippines is under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). You should closely monitor announcements from local authorities to understand the latest restrictions and regulations where you are situated, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services. Check the requirements of your local authority such as barangay clearance, health certificate or travel authority for any travel outside of your residence, including to the airport. For further information on rules and restrictions relating to quarantine classifications, visit the Department for Health website [https://www.doh.gov.ph/sites/default/files/health-update/20200716-omnibus-guidelines-on-the-implementation-of-community-quarantine-in-the-philippines.pdf]

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    11.08.2020
  • Philippines Two-week lockdown begins in Manila, outlying areas; domestic flights canceled to/from capital; night curfew returns in some areas (AP, 03.08.2020). Government to allow entry of foreign nationals with valid visas starting in August following ban related to COVID-19. Some businesses and public transport are expected to be closed in the capital. (Al Jazeera, 03.08.2020).

    *****Interntional Restrictions:
    International flights may also be reduced from the current passenger cap during this period. Commercial flights are operating to and from the Philippines. From 1 August 2020, foreign nationals with long-term visas will be permitted to enter the Philippines subject to the following conditions: Must have valid and existing visas at the time of entry. However, no new entry visa will be accepted; Have made a booking with an accredited quarantine facility; and be subject to Covid-19 testing requirements. Passengers arriving at any international port of entry may be subjected to mandatory quarantine (for a maximum of 14 days) and/or be required to undergo Covid-19 testing on arrival. You are expected to pay the costs of your quarantine and/or Covid-19 testing. The Philippine Government has confirmed that foreign nationals will be able to leave the Philippines at any time during the period of enhanced quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic air services to and from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have been suspended due to the imposition of MECQ in Metro Manila. Measures have been introduced by the Philippine government to prevent the spread of coronavirus; these differ across the country. The National Capital Region (Metro Manila), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal are subject to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) measures until 18 August. Luzon (Batangas), Visayas – Region 7, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue as well as the municipalities of Consolacion and Minglanilla in Cebu Province and Zamboanga within Mindanao are subject to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) until 15 August. The rest of the Philippines is under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). You should closely monitor announcements from local authorities to understand the latest restrictions and regulations where you are situated, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services. Check the requirements of your local authority such as barangay clearance, health certificate or travel authority for any travel outside of your residence, including to the airport. For further information on rules and restrictions relating to quarantine classifications, visit the Department for Health website [https://www.doh.gov.ph/sites/default/files/health-update/20200716-omnibus-guidelines-on-the-implementation-of-community-quarantine-in-the-philippines.pdf]

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    04.08.2020
  • Philippines The Philippines will reimpose a stricter coronavirus lockdown in and around the capital (Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan) for two weeks until 18 August (Reuters, 30.07.2020). Government to allow entry of foreign nationals with valid visas starting in August following ban related to COVID-19. Some businesses and public transport are expected to be closed in the capital. (Al Jazeera, 03.08.2020).

    *****Interntional Restrictions:
    Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Philippine government has announced temporary entry restrictions. However, commercial flights are operating to and from the Philippines. From 1 August 2020, foreign nationals with long-term visas will be permitted to enter the Philippines subject to the following conditions: Must have valid and existing visas at the time of entry. However, no new entry visa will be accepted; Have made a booking with an accredited quarantine facility; and be subject to Covid-19 testing requirements.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Philippine government is easing large scale social restrictions in a number of stages. The National Capital Region, which includes Metro Manila, will remain under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) until 15 July. However local government units have discretion to place specific areas under Enhanced Community Quarantines (ECQ). The level of community quarantine differs across the Philippines. Cebu City has temporarily been returned to ECQ until 15 July. You should closely monitor announcements from local authorities to understand the latest restrictions and regulations where you are situated, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services. The Philippine Government has confirmed that foreign nationals will be able to leave the Philippines at any time during the period of enhanced quarantine. There is disruption to travel routes both domestically and across the region.

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    03.08.2020
  • Philippines Government to allow entry of foreign nationals with valid visas starting in August following ban related to COVID-19. (Reuter, 17.07.2020). Manila government extends partial restrictions in Manila for two weeks (Reuters, 15.07.2020). Starting on 15 July, Navotas City will be put in citywide lockdown for two weeks (CNN, 13.07.2020). The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 will be open for international flights starting 8 July. ( Inquirer, 04.07.2020)

    *****Interntional Restrictions:
    Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Philippine government has announced temporary entry restrictions. However, commercial flights are operating to and from the Philippines. From 1 August 2020, foreign nationals with long-term visas will be permitted to enter the Philippines subject to the following conditions: Must have valid and existing visas at the time of entry. However, no new entry visa will be accepted; Have made a booking with an accredited quarantine facility; and be subject to Covid-19 testing requirements.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Philippine government is easing large scale social restrictions in a number of stages. The National Capital Region, which includes Metro Manila, will remain under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) until 15 July. However local government units have discretion to place specific areas under Enhanced Community Quarantines (ECQ). The level of community quarantine differs across the Philippines. Cebu City has temporarily been returned to ECQ until 15 July. You should closely monitor announcements from local authorities to understand the latest restrictions and regulations where you are situated, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services. The Philippine Government has confirmed that foreign nationals will be able to leave the Philippines at any time during the period of enhanced quarantine. There is disruption to travel routes both domestically and across the region.

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    17.07.2020
  • Philippines Starting on 15 July, Navotas City will be put in citywide lockdown for two weeks (CNN, 13.07.2020). The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 will be open for international flights starting 8 July. ( Inquirer, 04.07.2020)

    *****Interntional Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating to and from the Philippines. Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Philippine government has announced temporary entry restrictions. Passengers arriving at any international port of entry may be subjected to mandatory quarantine (for a maximum of 14 days) and/or be required to undergo Covid-19 testing on arrival. Foreign nationals are expected to defray the costs of their quarantine and/or Covid-19 testing.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Philippine government is easing large scale social restrictions in a number of stages. The National Capital Region, which includes Metro Manila, will remain under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) until 15 July. However local government units have discretion to place specific areas under Enhanced Community Quarantines (ECQ). The level of community quarantine differs across the Philippines. Cebu City has temporarily been returned to ECQ until 15 July. You should closely monitor announcements from local authorities to understand the latest restrictions and regulations where you are situated, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services. The Philippine Government has confirmed that foreign nationals will be able to leave the Philippines at any time during the period of enhanced quarantine. There is disruption to travel routes both domestically and across the region.

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    13.07.2020
  • Philippines The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 will be open for international flights starting 8 July. ( Inquirer, 04.07.2020)

    *****Interntional Restrictions:
    On March 19, 2020, the DFA announced the temporary suspension of visa issuance effective immediately. The temporary suspension will deem all previously issued visas canceled, and foreigners with visas issued by Philippine Foreign Service Posts (primarily 9a Temporary Visitor/Tourist visas) will not be allowed entry into the country starting March 22, 2020. Visas previously issued to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals will remain valid. This temporary suspension has no impact on foreign nationals who are already in the country or holders of visas issued by other government agencies.
    Passengers arriving at any international port of entry may be subjected to mandatory quarantine (for a maximum of 14 days) and/or be required to undergo Covid-19 testing on arrival. Foreign nationals are expected to defray the costs of their quarantine and/or Covid-19 testing.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Philippine government has declared a public health emergency. On 12 March, the Philippine government announced Code Red Sublevel 2 in response to COVID-19. This imposes restrictions including social distancing requirements across Metro Manila. Many local government units (including in Metro Manila) have announced overnight curfews (most commonly between 8pm and 5am). The situation remains uncertain and amendments to the restrictions continue to be announced. Local advice should be takenon what restrictions are in place and follow the instructions of local authorities. From 1 June, areas that have been under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), including Metro Manila and Cebu, will be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
    However, local government units will have the option to place individual administrative areas under stricter levels of community quarantine if they wish. Announcements from local authorities should be monitored to understand the latest restrictions and regulations, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services. Authorities extend GCQ and lockdown in Manila and Cebu City until July 15. (Garda, 01.07.2020)
    (OASC, 02.07.2020) Cebu City continues in Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) status from July 1 to July 15 because the Philippine government notes an increase of new cases; widespread community transmission; case doubling time of less than seven (7) days; and a significant increase in critical care utilization as compared to critical care capacity. Areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from July 1-15: Luzon – NCR (Metro Manila), Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Santiago City in Region II; Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Tarlac, Olongapo City in Region III; Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon in Region IV-A. Visayas — Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Mandaue City, Lau-Lapu Cityin Region VII; Mindanao — Davao City and Zamboanga City.Talisay City. The rest of the country remains under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) until July 15, 2020. Manila government issues lockdown for 31 districts on 4-5 July (Philstar, 02.07.2020)

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    04.07.2020
  • Philippines *****Interntional Restrictions:
    On March 19, 2020, the DFA announced the temporary suspension of visa issuance effective immediately. The temporary suspension will deem all previously issued visas canceled, and foreigners with visas issued by Philippine Foreign Service Posts (primarily 9a Temporary Visitor/Tourist visas) will not be allowed entry into the country starting March 22, 2020. Visas previously issued to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals will remain valid. This temporary suspension has no impact on foreign nationals who are already in the country or holders of visas issued by other government agencies.
    Passengers arriving at any international port of entry may be subjected to mandatory quarantine (for a maximum of 14 days) and/or be required to undergo Covid-19 testing on arrival. Foreign nationals are expected to defray the costs of their quarantine and/or Covid-19 testing.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Philippine government has declared a public health emergency. On 12 March, the Philippine government announced Code Red Sublevel 2 in response to COVID-19. This imposes restrictions including social distancing requirements across Metro Manila. Many local government units (including in Metro Manila) have announced overnight curfews (most commonly between 8pm and 5am). The situation remains uncertain and amendments to the restrictions continue to be announced. Local advice should be takenon what restrictions are in place and follow the instructions of local authorities. From 1 June, areas that have been under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), including Metro Manila and Cebu, will be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
    However, local government units will have the option to place individual administrative areas under stricter levels of community quarantine if they wish. Announcements from local authorities should be monitored to understand the latest restrictions and regulations, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services. Authorities extend GCQ and lockdown in Manila and Cebu City until July 15. (Garda, 01.07.2020)
    (OASC, 02.07.2020) Cebu City continues in Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) status from July 1 to July 15 because the Philippine government notes an increase of new cases; widespread community transmission; case doubling time of less than seven (7) days; and a significant increase in critical care utilization as compared to critical care capacity. Areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from July 1-15: Luzon – NCR (Metro Manila), Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Santiago City in Region II; Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Tarlac, Olongapo City in Region III; Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon in Region IV-A. Visayas — Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Mandaue City, Lau-Lapu Cityin Region VII; Mindanao — Davao City and Zamboanga City.Talisay City. The rest of the country remains under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) until July 15, 2020.

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    02.07.2020
  • Philippines *****Interntional Restrictions:
    On March 19, 2020, the DFA announced the temporary suspension of visa issuance effective immediately. The temporary suspension will deem all previously issued visas canceled, and foreigners with visas issued by Philippine Foreign Service Posts (primarily 9a Temporary Visitor/Tourist visas) will not be allowed entry into the country starting March 22, 2020. Visas previously issued to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals will remain valid. This temporary suspension has no impact on foreign nationals who are already in the country or holders of visas issued by other government agencies.
    Passengers arriving at any international port of entry may be subjected to mandatory quarantine (for a maximum of 14 days) and/or be required to undergo Covid-19 testing on arrival. Foreign nationals are expected to defray the costs of their quarantine and/or Covid-19 testing.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Philippine government has declared a public health emergency. On 12 March, the Philippine government announced Code Red Sublevel 2 in response to COVID-19. This imposes restrictions including social distancing requirements across Metro Manila. Many local government units (including in Metro Manila) have announced overnight curfews (most commonly between 8pm and 5am). The situation remains uncertain and amendments to the restrictions continue to be announced. Local advice should be takenon what restrictions are in place and follow the instructions of local authorities. From 1 June, areas that have been under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), including Metro Manila and Cebu, will be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). This will result in some restrictions being lifted. However, local government units will have the option to place individual administrative areas under stricter levels of community quarantine if they wish. Announcements from local authorities should be monitored to understand the latest restrictions and regulations, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services.
    Authorities extend GCQ and lockdown in Manila and Cebu City until July 15. (Garda, 01.07.2020)

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    01.07.2020
  • Philippines Partial COVID-19 restrictions to remain in Manila; lockdown reinstated in Cebu City (Reuters, 15.06.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals of the Philippines.
    – This does not apply to spouses or children of nationals of the Philippines.
    2. Passengers and airline crew are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and quarantine.
    3. A completed Case Investigation Form must be presented upon arrival.

    *****Outbound Restrictions
    The Philippine Government has confirmed that foreign nationals will be able to leave the Philippines at any time during the period of enhanced quarantine. If in Luzon you will be permitted to travel to the nearest international airport within 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure, provided you have proof of scheduled international travel (i.e. travel itinerary or eticket). Outside of this 24 hour period you will be required to adhere to local quarantine restrictions. There is disruption to travel routes both domestically and across the region- travel provider should be checked before travelling.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Philippine government has declared a public health emergency. On 12 March, the Philippine government announced Code Red Sublevel 2 in response to COVID-19. This imposes restrictions including social distancing requirements across Metro Manila. Many local government units (including in Metro Manila) have announced overnight curfews (most commonly between 8pm and 5am). The situation remains uncertain and amendments to the restrictions continue to be announced. Local advice should be takenon what restrictions are in place and follow the instructions of local authorities. From 1 June, areas that have been under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), including Metro Manila and Cebu, will be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). This will result in some restrictions being lifted. However, local government units will have the option to place individual administrative areas under stricter levels of community quarantine if they wish. Announcements from local authorities should be monitored to understand the latest restrictions and regulations, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services.
    On June 15, the Philippine government announced the below classifications for areas in the country as a continued measure against the spread of COVID-19:
    Cebu City returned to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) status from June 16 to June 30.

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    18.06.2020
  • Philippines Partial COVID-19 restrictions to remain in Manila; lockdown reinstated in Cebu City (Reuters, 15.06.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Philippines.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Philippines.
    – This does not apply to spouses or children of nationals of the Philippines.
    – This does not apply to accredited diplomats or officials of international organizations.
    2. Commercial flights to Philippines can only land on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with an approval from CAAP 48h before departure.
    3. Chartered flights to Philippines can only land on Monday or Thursday with a secured clearance from the Department of Foreign Affairs and CAAP.
    4. Passengers are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and quarantine.
    5. Airline crew are subject to self-quarantine until they leave the country.
    6. A completed Case Investigation Form must be presented upon arrival.

    *****Outbound Restrictions
    The Philippine Government has confirmed that foreign nationals will be able to leave the Philippines at any time during the period of enhanced quarantine. If in Luzon you will be permitted to travel to the nearest international airport within 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure, provided you have proof of scheduled international travel (i.e. travel itinerary or eticket). Outside of this 24 hour period you will be required to adhere to local quarantine restrictions. There is disruption to travel routes both domestically and across the region- travel provider should be checked before travelling.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Philippine government has declared a public health emergency. On 12 March, the Philippine government announced Code Red Sublevel 2 in response to COVID-19. This imposes restrictions including social distancing requirements across Metro Manila. Many local government units (including in Metro Manila) have announced overnight curfews (most commonly between 8pm and 5am). The situation remains uncertain and amendments to the restrictions continue to be announced. Local advice should be takenon what restrictions are in place and follow the instructions of local authorities. From 1 June, areas that have been under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), including Metro Manila and Cebu, will be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). This will result in some restrictions being lifted. However, local government units will have the option to place individual administrative areas under stricter levels of community quarantine if they wish. Announcements from local authorities should be monitored to understand the latest restrictions and regulations, and their impact on your ability to travel and access essential services.
    On June 15, the Philippine government announced the below classifications for areas in the country as a continued measure against the spread of COVID-19:
    Cebu City returned to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) status from June 16 to June 30.

    Read more
    16.06.2020
  • Philippines Cebu Pacific Air to resume some domestic flights on 2 June; international flights to remain suspended until 30 June (Inquirer News, 30.05.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Philippines.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Philippines.
    – This does not apply to spouses or children of nationals of the Philippines.
    – This does not apply to accredited diplomats or officials of international organizations.
    2. Commercial flights to Philippines can only land on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with an approval from CAAP 48h before departure.
    3. Chartered flights to Philippines can only land on Monday or Thursday with a secured clearance from the Department of Foreign Affairs and CAAP.
    4. Passengers are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and quarantine.
    5. Airline crew are subject to self-quarantine until they leave the country.
    6. A completed Case Investigation Form must be presented upon arrival.

    International restrictions:

    Inbound international flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport will resume in a limited capacity from 11 May. All international and domestic passenger flights at eight other airports remain suspended until further notice according to a NOTAM issued by CAAP. They include: Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB, Central Visayas region) Clark International Airport (CRK, Central Luzon region) Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO, Davao region) Iloilo International Airport (ILO, Western Visayas region) Kalibo International Airport (KLO, Western Visayas region) Zamboanga International Airport (ZAM, Zamboanga peninsula) Laoag International Airport (LAO, Ilocos region).
    Flights remain suspended in Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS, Mimaropa) until 10 June.
    Exemptions include emergencies while en-route, cargo flights, air ambulances and medical supplies flights, weather mitigation flights, maintenance flights as well as repatriation flights. Outbound flights are still available upon approval from the CAAP. Domestic flights remain suspended at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL). Issuance of visas and visa-free entry services for all foreign travellers are suspended. Previously issued visas to foreign travellers have been cancelled. Visas that have been issued to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals, as well as Foreign Government and International Organisation officials, remain valid. Foreign nationals are temporarily barred from entering the Philippines. This includes foreign nationals under Visa Waiver Agreements, Special Visas, Executive Order No. 408, holders of Hong Kong (SAR), Macao (SAR) and British National Overseas passports and Immigrant and Non-immigrant visas. Exemptions will be granted to overseas Filipino workers, Philippine passport holders and foreign spouses of Filipino citizens, as well as foreign crew members.
    All Filipino citizens returning from areas where there is community-based COVID-19 transmission will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine period at designated facilities. All incoming passengers will also need to undergo a COVID-19 swab test. While awaiting results, passengers shall stay in the government designated facilities. Those tested positive will be transferred to a hospital for medical treatment. The Department of Transportation has advised that all persons, regardless of nationality except for Filipino tourists, may now fly out of the country at any time. Inbound international travellers are allowed entry subject to strict immigration and quarantine protocols. Only one person is allowed to transport passengers to the airport and the driver must carry with them a copy of the passengers’ airline ticket. The authorities banned Filipino overseas foreign workers from travelling to Hong Kong, following the lifting of earlier restrictions on such travel. The Department of Tourism has created a Tourism Airport Team that provides a 24-hour service to stranded tourists at airports. Travellers may contact the Department of Tourism or the regional government for further information.
    Ports will continue to be open to cargo ships, no embarkation and disembarkation of crew will be allowed.

    Internal restrictions:

    Until 31 May, Cebu and Mandaue cities (both Central Visayas region) will remain under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ); the National Capital Region (NCR), Angeles City, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales (all Central Luzon), and Laguna (Calabarzon) will be under ‘modified’ ECQ; and the rest of the county will be under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). The implications of ECQ are: Restricted air, land and maritime movement, except for cargo and essential business. People may only leave their homes to conduct essential business such as purchasing basic necessities. Mandatory wearing of facemasks when outside of residence. Nightly curfews may be put in place by local government units, these vary according to locality. Mass gatherings are prohibited. Mass public transportation as well as taxis and ride-hailing services are suspended during the quarantine. Those with private cars are only allowed to drive for essential purposes such as purchasing essential goods and accessing healthcare services. Private organisations allowed to operate are only those related to food and medicine production and distribution as well as health services. Banks, money transfer services, utilities, telcos, and outsourcing and export firms are also exempt. Under the modified ECQ restrictions, limited reopening of businesses and transportation services will be allowed. While domestic flights and most public transportation remain suspended, public shuttles for essential workers will be permitted. Private vehicles will be allowed, limited to two passengers per row. Only one rider is allowed on motorcycles, bicycles and e-scooters. The government also encourages the use of non-motorised transportation. Gatherings will be limited to a maximum of five people, subject to health guidelines. Movement will be mostly limited to either obtaining essentials or travelling for work in industries that are allowed to resume. Limited outdoor exercises such as jogging and cycling will be permitted only if masks are worn and a social distancing of two metres is practiced. Inter-island travel remains prohibited. The implications of GCQ are: Select workers will be allowed to leave home quarantine and work in phases. Those under 21, above 60, and those in high health-risk will still be required to remain under home quarantine. Mandatory wearing of masks will remain in place. Priority and essential construction projects will resume, as will classes in higher education institutions. Public transportation will resume at reduced capacity. Non-leisure stores in shopping malls will be allowed to resume operations. Other than as listed above, areas under GCQ will be subject to the same restrictions as those under ECQ, until further notice. Inter-island movement between two GCQ areas is permitted. Hotels and other hospitality businesses may only operate during the lockdown under the following conditions: They have guests who booked their stay on or before 17 March. They have guests who have existing long-term leases. They are housing employees of establishments exempted from the lockdown.
    The Department of Trade and Industry has stated that hotels in GCQ areas will be gradually allowed to resume operations. Further guidelines will be issued in the coming days.
    Curfew exemptions will be granted to those involved in providing basic necessities, food preparation and delivery services, energy and telecommunications, as well as healthcare workers, water refilling workers, financial services workers, media personnel, and people transiting to and from work, with necessary identification and certificate of employment.
    Security posture will be heightened to enforce quarantine.
    Several other cities have also implemented further restrictions. At least 82 different localities have imposed differing restrictions and quarantine measures. Below is a partial list of these restrictions:
    Palawan province: Domestic and international flights, as well as travel between municipalities in the province, are suspended.
    Pampanga province: All domestic and international commercial flights via Clark International Airport are suspended until further notice.
    Visayas islands
    Cebu province: The ECQ for Cebu City has been extended until at least 31 May. All borders of Cebu City are closed to non-residents, with the exception of essential services. All domestic and international flights are suspended. A mandatory stay-at-home order is in force, with the exception of those in essential services.
    Mindanao island
    Cagayan de Oro: A ‘community quarantine’ is in place until further notice. A daily curfew is in effect from 22.00-05.00. All shopping centres and entertainment venues have been ordered to close.
    Davao City: The nightly curfew remains in place from 21.00-05.00; residents can only leave their homes with a Food and Medicine (FM) pass.
    General Santos City: The city is under a nightly curfew from 21.00-04.00 until further notice. Entry and exit restrictions have been implemented on a case-by-case basis. Passenger flights have been suspended.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Government will ease lockdown in Manila from 1 June. (Reuters, 28.05.2020)

    Read more
    11.06.2020
  • Philippines Cebu Pacific Air to resume some domestic flights on 2 June; international flights to remain suspended until 30 June (Inquirer News, 30.05.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Philippines.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Philippines.
    – This does not apply to spouses or children of nationals of the Philippines.
    – This does not apply to accredited diplomats or officials of international organizations.
    2. Commercial flights to Philippines can only land on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with an approval from CAAP 48h before departure.
    3. Chartered flights to Philippines can only land on Monday or Thursday with a secured clearance from the Department of Foreign Affairs and CAAP.
    4. Passengers are subject to be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and placed in quarantine while awaiting the results of the test.
    5. Airline crew are subject to self-quarantine until they leave the country.
    6. A completed Case Investigation Form must be presented upon arrival.

    International restrictions:

    Inbound international flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport will resume in a limited capacity from 11 May. All international and domestic passenger flights at eight other airports remain suspended until further notice according to a NOTAM issued by CAAP. They include: Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB, Central Visayas region) Clark International Airport (CRK, Central Luzon region) Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO, Davao region) Iloilo International Airport (ILO, Western Visayas region) Kalibo International Airport (KLO, Western Visayas region) Zamboanga International Airport (ZAM, Zamboanga peninsula) Laoag International Airport (LAO, Ilocos region).
    Flights remain suspended in Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS, Mimaropa) until 10 June.
    Exemptions include emergencies while en-route, cargo flights, air ambulances and medical supplies flights, weather mitigation flights, maintenance flights as well as repatriation flights. Outbound flights are still available upon approval from the CAAP. Domestic flights remain suspended at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL). Issuance of visas and visa-free entry services for all foreign travellers are suspended. Previously issued visas to foreign travellers have been cancelled. Visas that have been issued to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals, as well as Foreign Government and International Organisation officials, remain valid. Foreign nationals are temporarily barred from entering the Philippines. This includes foreign nationals under Visa Waiver Agreements, Special Visas, Executive Order No. 408, holders of Hong Kong (SAR), Macao (SAR) and British National Overseas passports and Immigrant and Non-immigrant visas. Exemptions will be granted to overseas Filipino workers, Philippine passport holders and foreign spouses of Filipino citizens, as well as foreign crew members.
    All Filipino citizens returning from areas where there is community-based COVID-19 transmission will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine period at designated facilities. All incoming passengers will also need to undergo a COVID-19 swab test. While awaiting results, passengers shall stay in the government designated facilities. Those tested positive will be transferred to a hospital for medical treatment. The Department of Transportation has advised that all persons, regardless of nationality except for Filipino tourists, may now fly out of the country at any time. Inbound international travellers are allowed entry subject to strict immigration and quarantine protocols. Only one person is allowed to transport passengers to the airport and the driver must carry with them a copy of the passengers’ airline ticket. The authorities banned Filipino overseas foreign workers from travelling to Hong Kong, following the lifting of earlier restrictions on such travel. The Department of Tourism has created a Tourism Airport Team that provides a 24-hour service to stranded tourists at airports. Travellers may contact the Department of Tourism or the regional government for further information.
    Ports will continue to be open to cargo ships, no embarkation and disembarkation of crew will be allowed.

    Internal restrictions:

    Until 31 May, Cebu and Mandaue cities (both Central Visayas region) will remain under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ); the National Capital Region (NCR), Angeles City, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales (all Central Luzon), and Laguna (Calabarzon) will be under ‘modified’ ECQ; and the rest of the county will be under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). The implications of ECQ are: Restricted air, land and maritime movement, except for cargo and essential business. People may only leave their homes to conduct essential business such as purchasing basic necessities. Mandatory wearing of facemasks when outside of residence. Nightly curfews may be put in place by local government units, these vary according to locality. Mass gatherings are prohibited. Mass public transportation as well as taxis and ride-hailing services are suspended during the quarantine. Those with private cars are only allowed to drive for essential purposes such as purchasing essential goods and accessing healthcare services. Private organisations allowed to operate are only those related to food and medicine production and distribution as well as health services. Banks, money transfer services, utilities, telcos, and outsourcing and export firms are also exempt. Under the modified ECQ restrictions, limited reopening of businesses and transportation services will be allowed. While domestic flights and most public transportation remain suspended, public shuttles for essential workers will be permitted. Private vehicles will be allowed, limited to two passengers per row. Only one rider is allowed on motorcycles, bicycles and e-scooters. The government also encourages the use of non-motorised transportation. Gatherings will be limited to a maximum of five people, subject to health guidelines. Movement will be mostly limited to either obtaining essentials or travelling for work in industries that are allowed to resume. Limited outdoor exercises such as jogging and cycling will be permitted only if masks are worn and a social distancing of two metres is practiced. Inter-island travel remains prohibited. The implications of GCQ are: Select workers will be allowed to leave home quarantine and work in phases. Those under 21, above 60, and those in high health-risk will still be required to remain under home quarantine. Mandatory wearing of masks will remain in place. Priority and essential construction projects will resume, as will classes in higher education institutions. Public transportation will resume at reduced capacity. Non-leisure stores in shopping malls will be allowed to resume operations. Other than as listed above, areas under GCQ will be subject to the same restrictions as those under ECQ, until further notice. Inter-island movement between two GCQ areas is permitted. Hotels and other hospitality businesses may only operate during the lockdown under the following conditions: They have guests who booked their stay on or before 17 March. They have guests who have existing long-term leases. They are housing employees of establishments exempted from the lockdown.
    The Department of Trade and Industry has stated that hotels in GCQ areas will be gradually allowed to resume operations. Further guidelines will be issued in the coming days.
    Curfew exemptions will be granted to those involved in providing basic necessities, food preparation and delivery services, energy and telecommunications, as well as healthcare workers, water refilling workers, financial services workers, media personnel, and people transiting to and from work, with necessary identification and certificate of employment.
    Security posture will be heightened to enforce quarantine.
    Several other cities have also implemented further restrictions. At least 82 different localities have imposed differing restrictions and quarantine measures. Below is a partial list of these restrictions:
    Palawan province: Domestic and international flights, as well as travel between municipalities in the province, are suspended.
    Pampanga province: All domestic and international commercial flights via Clark International Airport are suspended until further notice.
    Visayas islands
    Cebu province: The ECQ for Cebu City has been extended until at least 31 May. All borders of Cebu City are closed to non-residents, with the exception of essential services. All domestic and international flights are suspended. A mandatory stay-at-home order is in force, with the exception of those in essential services.
    Mindanao island
    Cagayan de Oro: A ‘community quarantine’ is in place until further notice. A daily curfew is in effect from 22.00-05.00. All shopping centres and entertainment venues have been ordered to close.
    Davao City: The nightly curfew remains in place from 21.00-05.00; residents can only leave their homes with a Food and Medicine (FM) pass.
    General Santos City: The city is under a nightly curfew from 21.00-04.00 until further notice. Entry and exit restrictions have been implemented on a case-by-case basis. Passenger flights have been suspended.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Government will ease lockdown in Manila from 1 June. (Reuters, 28.05.2020)

    Read more
    03.06.2020
  • Philippines Cebu Pacific Air to resume some domestic flights on 2 June; international flights to remain suspended until 30 June (Inquirer News, 30.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    Inbound international flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport will resume in a limited capacity from 11 May. All international and domestic passenger flights at eight other airports remain suspended until further notice according to a NOTAM issued by CAAP. They include: Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB, Central Visayas region) Clark International Airport (CRK, Central Luzon region) Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO, Davao region) Iloilo International Airport (ILO, Western Visayas region) Kalibo International Airport (KLO, Western Visayas region) Zamboanga International Airport (ZAM, Zamboanga peninsula) Laoag International Airport (LAO, Ilocos region).
    Flights remain suspended in Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS, Mimaropa) until 10 June.
    Exemptions include emergencies while en-route, cargo flights, air ambulances and medical supplies flights, weather mitigation flights, maintenance flights as well as repatriation flights. Outbound flights are still available upon approval from the CAAP. Domestic flights remain suspended at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL). Issuance of visas and visa-free entry services for all foreign travellers are suspended. Previously issued visas to foreign travellers have been cancelled. Visas that have been issued to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals, as well as Foreign Government and International Organisation officials, remain valid. Foreign nationals are temporarily barred from entering the Philippines. This includes foreign nationals under Visa Waiver Agreements, Special Visas, Executive Order No. 408, holders of Hong Kong (SAR), Macao (SAR) and British National Overseas passports and Immigrant and Non-immigrant visas. Exemptions will be granted to overseas Filipino workers, Philippine passport holders and foreign spouses of Filipino citizens, as well as foreign crew members.
    All Filipino citizens returning from areas where there is community-based COVID-19 transmission will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine period at designated facilities. All incoming passengers will also need to undergo a COVID-19 swab test. While awaiting results, passengers shall stay in the government designated facilities. Those tested positive will be transferred to a hospital for medical treatment. The Department of Transportation has advised that all persons, regardless of nationality except for Filipino tourists, may now fly out of the country at any time. Inbound international travellers are allowed entry subject to strict immigration and quarantine protocols. Only one person is allowed to transport passengers to the airport and the driver must carry with them a copy of the passengers’ airline ticket. The authorities banned Filipino overseas foreign workers from travelling to Hong Kong, following the lifting of earlier restrictions on such travel. The Department of Tourism has created a Tourism Airport Team that provides a 24-hour service to stranded tourists at airports. Travellers may contact the Department of Tourism or the regional government for further information.
    Ports will continue to be open to cargo ships, no embarkation and disembarkation of crew will be allowed.

    Internal restrictions:

    Until 31 May, Cebu and Mandaue cities (both Central Visayas region) will remain under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ); the National Capital Region (NCR), Angeles City, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales (all Central Luzon), and Laguna (Calabarzon) will be under ‘modified’ ECQ; and the rest of the county will be under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). The implications of ECQ are: Restricted air, land and maritime movement, except for cargo and essential business. People may only leave their homes to conduct essential business such as purchasing basic necessities. Mandatory wearing of facemasks when outside of residence. Nightly curfews may be put in place by local government units, these vary according to locality. Mass gatherings are prohibited. Mass public transportation as well as taxis and ride-hailing services are suspended during the quarantine. Those with private cars are only allowed to drive for essential purposes such as purchasing essential goods and accessing healthcare services. Private organisations allowed to operate are only those related to food and medicine production and distribution as well as health services. Banks, money transfer services, utilities, telcos, and outsourcing and export firms are also exempt. Under the modified ECQ restrictions, limited reopening of businesses and transportation services will be allowed. While domestic flights and most public transportation remain suspended, public shuttles for essential workers will be permitted. Private vehicles will be allowed, limited to two passengers per row. Only one rider is allowed on motorcycles, bicycles and e-scooters. The government also encourages the use of non-motorised transportation. Gatherings will be limited to a maximum of five people, subject to health guidelines. Movement will be mostly limited to either obtaining essentials or travelling for work in industries that are allowed to resume. Limited outdoor exercises such as jogging and cycling will be permitted only if masks are worn and a social distancing of two metres is practiced. Inter-island travel remains prohibited. The implications of GCQ are: Select workers will be allowed to leave home quarantine and work in phases. Those under 21, above 60, and those in high health-risk will still be required to remain under home quarantine. Mandatory wearing of masks will remain in place. Priority and essential construction projects will resume, as will classes in higher education institutions. Public transportation will resume at reduced capacity. Non-leisure stores in shopping malls will be allowed to resume operations. Other than as listed above, areas under GCQ will be subject to the same restrictions as those under ECQ, until further notice. Inter-island movement between two GCQ areas is permitted. Hotels and other hospitality businesses may only operate during the lockdown under the following conditions: They have guests who booked their stay on or before 17 March. They have guests who have existing long-term leases. They are housing employees of establishments exempted from the lockdown.
    The Department of Trade and Industry has stated that hotels in GCQ areas will be gradually allowed to resume operations. Further guidelines will be issued in the coming days.
    Curfew exemptions will be granted to those involved in providing basic necessities, food preparation and delivery services, energy and telecommunications, as well as healthcare workers, water refilling workers, financial services workers, media personnel, and people transiting to and from work, with necessary identification and certificate of employment.
    Security posture will be heightened to enforce quarantine.
    Several other cities have also implemented further restrictions. At least 82 different localities have imposed differing restrictions and quarantine measures. Below is a partial list of these restrictions:
    Palawan province: Domestic and international flights, as well as travel between municipalities in the province, are suspended.
    Pampanga province: All domestic and international commercial flights via Clark International Airport are suspended until further notice.
    Visayas islands
    Cebu province: The ECQ for Cebu City has been extended until at least 31 May. All borders of Cebu City are closed to non-residents, with the exception of essential services. All domestic and international flights are suspended. A mandatory stay-at-home order is in force, with the exception of those in essential services.
    Mindanao island
    Cagayan de Oro: A ‘community quarantine’ is in place until further notice. A daily curfew is in effect from 22.00-05.00. All shopping centres and entertainment venues have been ordered to close.
    Davao City: The nightly curfew remains in place from 21.00-05.00; residents can only leave their homes with a Food and Medicine (FM) pass.
    General Santos City: The city is under a nightly curfew from 21.00-04.00 until further notice. Entry and exit restrictions have been implemented on a case-by-case basis. Passenger flights have been suspended.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Government will ease lockdown in Manila from 1 June. (Reuters, 28.05.2020)

    Read more
    01.06.2020
  • Philippines

    International restrictions:

    Inbound international flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport will resume in a limited capacity from 11 May. All international and domestic passenger flights at eight other airports remain suspended until further notice according to a NOTAM issued by CAAP. They include: Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB, Central Visayas region) Clark International Airport (CRK, Central Luzon region) Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO, Davao region) Iloilo International Airport (ILO, Western Visayas region) Kalibo International Airport (KLO, Western Visayas region) Zamboanga International Airport (ZAM, Zamboanga peninsula) Laoag International Airport (LAO, Ilocos region) Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS, Mimaropa) Exemptions include emergencies while en-route, cargo flights, air ambulances and medical supplies flights, weather mitigation flights, maintenance flights as well as repatriation flights. Outbound flights are still available upon approval from the CAAP. Domestic flights remain suspended at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL). Issuance of visas and visa-free entry services for all foreign travellers are suspended. Previously issued visas to foreign travellers have been cancelled. Visas that have been issued to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals, as well as Foreign Government and International Organisation officials, remain valid. Foreign nationals are temporarily barred from entering the Philippines. This includes foreign nationals under Visa Waiver Agreements, Special Visas, Executive Order No. 408, holders of Hong Kong (SAR), Macao (SAR) and British National Overseas passports and Immigrant and Non-immigrant visas. Exemptions will be granted to overseas Filipino workers, Philippine passport holders and foreign spouses of Filipino citizens, as well as foreign crew members. All Filipino citizens returning from areas where there is community-based COVID-19 transmission will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine period at designated facilities. All incoming passengers will also need to undergo a COVID-19 swab test. While awaiting results, passengers shall stay in the government designated facilities. Those tested positive will be transferred to a hospital for medical treatment. The Department of Transportation has advised that all persons, regardless of nationality except for Filipino tourists, may now fly out of the country at any time. Inbound international travellers are allowed entry subject to strict immigration and quarantine protocols. Only one person is allowed to transport passengers to the airport and the driver must carry with them a copy of the passengers’ airline ticket. The authorities banned Filipino overseas foreign workers from travelling to Hong Kong, following the lifting of earlier restrictions on such travel. The Department of Tourism has created a Tourism Airport Team that provides a 24-hour service to stranded tourists at airports. Travellers may contact the Department of Tourism or the regional government for further information. Ports will continue to be open to cargo ships, no embarkation and disembarkation of crew will be allowed.

    Internal restrictions:

    Until 31 May, Cebu and Mandaue cities (both Central Visayas region) will remain under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ); the National Capital Region (NCR), Angeles City, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales (all Central Luzon), and Laguna (Calabarzon) will be under ‘modified’ ECQ; and the rest of the county will be under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). The implications of ECQ are: Restricted air, land and maritime movement, except for cargo and essential business. People may only leave their homes to conduct essential business such as purchasing basic necessities. Mandatory wearing of facemasks when outside of residence. Nightly curfews may be put in place by local government units, these vary according to locality. Mass gatherings are prohibited. Mass public transportation as well as taxis and ride-hailing services are suspended during the quarantine. Those with private cars are only allowed to drive for essential purposes such as purchasing essential goods and accessing healthcare services. Private organisations allowed to operate are only those related to food and medicine production and distribution as well as health services. Banks, money transfer services, utilities, telcos, and outsourcing and export firms are also exempt. Under the modified ECQ restrictions, limited reopening of businesses and transportation services will be allowed. While domestic flights and most public transportation remain suspended, public shuttles for essential workers will be permitted. Private vehicles will be allowed, limited to two passengers per row. Only one rider is allowed on motorcycles, bicycles and e-scooters. The government also encourages the use of non-motorised transportation. Gatherings will be limited to a maximum of five people, subject to health guidelines. Movement will be mostly limited to either obtaining essentials or travelling for work in industries that are allowed to resume. Limited outdoor exercises such as jogging and cycling will be permitted only if masks are worn and a social distancing of two metres is practiced. Inter-island travel remains prohibited. The implications of GCQ are: Select workers will be allowed to leave home quarantine and work in phases. Those under 21, above 60, and those in high health-risk will still be required to remain under home quarantine. Mandatory wearing of masks will remain in place. Priority and essential construction projects will resume, as will classes in higher education institutions. Public transportation will resume at reduced capacity. Non-leisure stores in shopping malls will be allowed to resume operations. Other than as listed above, areas under GCQ will be subject to the same restrictions as those under ECQ, until further notice. Inter-island movement between two GCQ areas is permitted. Hotels and other hospitality businesses may only operate during the lockdown under the following conditions: They have guests who booked their stay on or before 17 March. They have guests who have existing long-term leases. They are housing employees of establishments exempted from the lockdown. The Department of Trade and Industry has stated that hotels in GCQ areas will be gradually allowed to resume operations. Further guidelines will be issued in the coming days. Curfew exemptions will be granted to those involved in providing basic necessities, food preparation and delivery services, energy and telecommunications, as well as healthcare workers, water refilling workers, financial services workers, media personnel, and people transiting to and from work, with necessary identification and certificate of employment. Security posture will be heightened to enforce quarantine. Several other cities have also implemented further restrictions. At least 82 different localities have imposed differing restrictions and quarantine measures. Below is a partial list of these restrictions: Palawan province: Domestic and international flights, as well as travel between municipalities in the province, are suspended. Pampanga province: All domestic and international commercial flights via Clark International Airport are suspended until further notice. Visayas islands Cebu province: The ECQ for Cebu City has been extended until at least 31 May. All borders of Cebu City are closed to non-residents, with the exception of essential services. All domestic and international flights are suspended. A mandatory stay-at-home order is in force, with the exception of those in essential services. Mindanao island Cagayan de Oro: A ‘community quarantine’ is in place until further notice. A daily curfew is in effect from 22.00-05.00. All shopping centres and entertainment venues have been ordered to close. Davao City: The nightly curfew remains in place from 21.00-05.00; residents can only leave their homes with a Food and Medicine (FM) pass. General Santos City: The city is under a nightly curfew from 21.00-04.00 until further notice. Entry and exit restrictions have been implemented on a case-by-case basis. Passenger flights have been suspended.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Government will ease lockdown in Manila from 1 June. (Reuters, 28.05.2020)

    Read more
    28.05.2020
  • Philippines

    International restrictions:

    Inbound international flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport will resume in a limited capacity from 11 May. All international and domestic passenger flights at eight other airports remain suspended until further notice according to a NOTAM issued by CAAP. They include: Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB, Central Visayas region) Clark International Airport (CRK, Central Luzon region) Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO, Davao region) Iloilo International Airport (ILO, Western Visayas region) Kalibo International Airport (KLO, Western Visayas region) Zamboanga International Airport (ZAM, Zamboanga peninsula) Laoag International Airport (LAO, Ilocos region) Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS, Mimaropa) Exemptions include emergencies while en-route, cargo flights, air ambulances and medical supplies flights, weather mitigation flights, maintenance flights as well as repatriation flights. Outbound flights are still available upon approval from the CAAP. Domestic flights remain suspended at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL). Issuance of visas and visa-free entry services for all foreign travellers are suspended. Previously issued visas to foreign travellers have been cancelled. Visas that have been issued to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals, as well as Foreign Government and International Organisation officials, remain valid. Foreign nationals are temporarily barred from entering the Philippines. This includes foreign nationals under Visa Waiver Agreements, Special Visas, Executive Order No. 408, holders of Hong Kong (SAR), Macao (SAR) and British National Overseas passports and Immigrant and Non-immigrant visas. Exemptions will be granted to overseas Filipino workers, Philippine passport holders and foreign spouses of Filipino citizens, as well as foreign crew members. All Filipino citizens returning from areas where there is community-based COVID-19 transmission will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine period at designated facilities. All incoming passengers will also need to undergo a COVID-19 swab test. While awaiting results, passengers shall stay in the government designated facilities. Those tested positive will be transferred to a hospital for medical treatment. The Department of Transportation has advised that all persons, regardless of nationality except for Filipino tourists, may now fly out of the country at any time. Inbound international travellers are allowed entry subject to strict immigration and quarantine protocols. Only one person is allowed to transport passengers to the airport and the driver must carry with them a copy of the passengers’ airline ticket. The authorities banned Filipino overseas foreign workers from travelling to Hong Kong, following the lifting of earlier restrictions on such travel. The Department of Tourism has created a Tourism Airport Team that provides a 24-hour service to stranded tourists at airports. Travellers may contact the Department of Tourism or the regional government for further information. Ports will continue to be open to cargo ships, no embarkation and disembarkation of crew will be allowed.

    Internal restrictions:

    Until 31 May, Cebu and Mandaue cities (both Central Visayas region) will remain under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ); the National Capital Region (NCR), Angeles City, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales (all Central Luzon), and Laguna (Calabarzon) will be under ‘modified’ ECQ; and the rest of the county will be under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). The implications of ECQ are: Restricted air, land and maritime movement, except for cargo and essential business. People may only leave their homes to conduct essential business such as purchasing basic necessities. Mandatory wearing of facemasks when outside of residence. Nightly curfews may be put in place by local government units, these vary according to locality. Mass gatherings are prohibited. Mass public transportation as well as taxis and ride-hailing services are suspended during the quarantine. Those with private cars are only allowed to drive for essential purposes such as purchasing essential goods and accessing healthcare services. Private organisations allowed to operate are only those related to food and medicine production and distribution as well as health services. Banks, money transfer services, utilities, telcos, and outsourcing and export firms are also exempt. Under the modified ECQ restrictions, limited reopening of businesses and transportation services will be allowed. While domestic flights and most public transportation remain suspended, public shuttles for essential workers will be permitted. Private vehicles will be allowed, limited to two passengers per row. Only one rider is allowed on motorcycles, bicycles and e-scooters. The government also encourages the use of non-motorised transportation. Gatherings will be limited to a maximum of five people, subject to health guidelines. Movement will be mostly limited to either obtaining essentials or travelling for work in industries that are allowed to resume. Limited outdoor exercises such as jogging and cycling will be permitted only if masks are worn and a social distancing of two metres is practiced. Inter-island travel remains prohibited. The implications of GCQ are: Select workers will be allowed to leave home quarantine and work in phases. Those under 21, above 60, and those in high health-risk will still be required to remain under home quarantine. Mandatory wearing of masks will remain in place. Priority and essential construction projects will resume, as will classes in higher education institutions. Public transportation will resume at reduced capacity. Non-leisure stores in shopping malls will be allowed to resume operations. Other than as listed above, areas under GCQ will be subject to the same restrictions as those under ECQ, until further notice. Inter-island movement between two GCQ areas is permitted. Hotels and other hospitality businesses may only operate during the lockdown under the following conditions: They have guests who booked their stay on or before 17 March. They have guests who have existing long-term leases. They are housing employees of establishments exempted from the lockdown. The Department of Trade and Industry has stated that hotels in GCQ areas will be gradually allowed to resume operations. Further guidelines will be issued in the coming days. Curfew exemptions will be granted to those involved in providing basic necessities, food preparation and delivery services, energy and telecommunications, as well as healthcare workers, water refilling workers, financial services workers, media personnel, and people transiting to and from work, with necessary identification and certificate of employment. Security posture will be heightened to enforce quarantine. Several other cities have also implemented further restrictions. At least 82 different localities have imposed differing restrictions and quarantine measures. Below is a partial list of these restrictions: Luzon Palawan province: Domestic and international flights, as well as travel between municipalities in the province, are suspended. Pampanga province: All domestic and international commercial flights via Clark International Airport are suspended until further notice. Visayas islands Cebu province: The ECQ for Cebu City has been extended until at least 31 May. All borders of Cebu City are closed to non-residents, with the exception of essential services. All domestic and international flights are suspended. A mandatory stay-at-home order is in force, with the exception of those in essential services. Mindanao island Cagayan de Oro: A ‘community quarantine’ is in place until further notice. A daily curfew is in effect from 22.00-05.00. All shopping centres and entertainment venues have been ordered to close. Davao City: The nightly curfew remains in place from 21.00-05.00; residents can only leave their homes with a Food and Medicine (FM) pass. General Santos City: The city is under a nightly curfew from 21.00-04.00 until further notice. Entry and exit restrictions have been implemented on a case-by-case basis. Passenger flights have been suspended.

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    19.05.2020
  • Philippines

    International restrictions:

    Inbound international flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport will resume in a limited capacity from 11 May, while operations at other international airports remain suspended until further notice according to a NOTAM issued by CAAP. Exemptions include emergencies while en-route, cargo flights, air ambulances and medical supplies flights, weather mitigation flights, maintenance flights as well as repatriation flights. Outbound flights are still available upon approval from the CAAP. At least nine airports nationwide have suspended all international and domestic passenger flights after a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) was issued by the Civil Aviation Authority in the Philippines. They include: Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB, Central Visayas region) Clark International Airport (CRK, Central Luzon region) Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO, Davao region) Iloilo International Airport (ILO, Western Visayas region) Kalibo International Airport (KLO, Western Visayas region) Zamboanga International Airport (ZAM, Zamboanga peninsula) Laoag International Airport (LAO, Ilocos region) Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS, Mimaropa).Issuance of visas and visa-free entry services for all foreign travellers are suspended. Previously issued visas to foreign travellers have been cancelled. Visas that have been issued to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals, as well as Foreign Government and International Organisation officials, remain valid. Foreign nationals are temporarily barred from entering the Philippines. This includes foreign nationals under Visa Waiver Agreements, Special Visas, Executive Order No. 408, holders of Hong Kong (SAR), Macao (SAR) and British National Overseas passports and Immigrant and Non-immigrant visas. Exemptions will be granted to overseas Filipino workers, Philippine passport holders and foreign spouses of Filipino citizens, as well as foreign crew members. All Filipino citizens returning from areas where there is community-based COVID-19 transmission will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine period at designated facilities. The Department of Transportation has advised that all persons, regardless of nationality except for Filipino tourists, may now fly out of the country at any time. Inbound international travellers are allowed entry subject to strict immigration and quarantine protocols. Only one person is allowed to transport passengers to the airport and the driver must carry with them a copy of the passengers’ airline ticket. The authorities banned Filipino overseas foreign workers from travelling to Hong Kong, following the lifting of earlier restrictions on such travel. The Department of Tourism has created a Tourism Airport Team that provides a 24-hour service to stranded tourists at airports. Travellers may contact the Department of Tourism or the regional government for further information. Ports will continue to be open to cargo ships, no embarkation and disembarkation of crew will be allowed.

    Internal restrictions:

    Until 31 May, Cebu and Mandaue cities (both Central Visayas region) will remain under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ); the National Capital Region (NCR), Angeles City, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales (all Central Luzon), and Laguna (Calabarzon) will be under ‘modified’ ECQ; and the rest of the county will be under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). The implications of ECQ are: Restricted air, land and maritime movement, except for cargo and essential business. People may only leave their homes to conduct essential business such as purchasing basic necessities. Mandatory wearing of face masks when outside of residence. Nightly curfews may be put in place by local government units, these vary according to locality. Mass gatherings are prohibited. Mass public transportation as well as taxis and ride-hailing services are suspended during the quarantine. Those with private cars are only allowed to drive for essential purposes such as purchasing essential goods and accessing healthcare services. Private organisations allowed to operate are only those related to food and medicine production and distribution as well as health services. Banks, money transfer services, utilities, telcos, and outsourcing and export firms are also exempt. Under the modified ECQ restrictions, limited reopening of businesses and transportation services will be allowed. While domestic flights and most public transportation remain suspended, public shuttles for essential workers will be permitted. Private vehicles will be allowed, limited to two passengers per row. Only one rider is allowed on motorcycles, bicycles and e-scooters. The government also encourages the use of non-motorised transportation. Gatherings will be limited to a maximum of five people, subject to health guidelines. Movement will be mostly limited to either obtaining essentials or travelling for work in industries that are allowed to resume. Limited outdoor exercises such as jogging and cycling will be permitted only if masks are worn and a social distancing of two metres is practiced. Inter-island travel remains prohibited. The implications of GCQ are: Select workers will be allowed to leave home quarantine and work in phases. Those under 21, above 60, and those in high health-risk will still be required to remain under home quarantine. Mandatory wearing of masks will remain in place. Priority and essential construction projects will resume, as will classes in higher education institutions. Public transportation will resume at reduced capacity. Non-leisure stores in shopping malls will be allowed to resume operations. Other than as listed above, areas under GCQ will be subject to the same restrictions as those under ECQ, until further notice. Inter-island movement between two GCQ areas is permitted. Hotels and other hospitality businesses may only operate during the lockdown under the following conditions: They have guests who booked their stay on or before 17 March. They have guests who have existing long-term leases. They are housing employees of establishments exempted from the lockdown. The Department of Trade and Industry has stated that hotels in GCQ areas will be gradually allowed to resume operations. Further guidelines will be issued in the coming days. Curfew exemptions will be granted to those involved in providing basic necessities, food preparation and delivery services, energy and telecommunications, as well as healthcare workers, water refilling workers, financial services workers, media personnel, and people transiting to and from work, with necessary identification and certificate of employment. Security posture will be heightened to enforce quarantine. Several other cities have also implemented further restrictions. At least 82 different localities have imposed differing restrictions and quarantine measures.

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    16.05.2020
  • Philippines

    International restrictions:

    Inbound international flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport will resume in a limited capacity from 11 May, while operations at other international airports remain suspended until further notice according to a NOTAM issued by CAAP. Exemptions include emergencies while en-route, cargo flights, air ambulances and medical supplies flights, weather mitigation flights, maintenance flights as well as repatriation flights.
    Outbound flights are still available upon approval from the CAAP.
    At least nine airports nationwide have suspended all international and domestic passenger flights after a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) was issued by the Civil Aviation Authority in the Philippines. They include:
    Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
    Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB, Central Visayas region)
    Clark International Airport (CRK, Central Luzon region)
    Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO, Davao region)
    Iloilo International Airport (ILO, Western Visayas region)
    Kalibo International Airport (KLO, Western Visayas region)
    Zamboanga International Airport (ZAM, Zamboanga peninsula)
    Laoag International Airport (LAO, Ilocos region)
    Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS, Mimaropa)

    Issuance of visas and visa-free entry services for all foreign travellers are suspended. Previously issued visas to foreign travellers have been cancelled. Visas that have been issued to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals, as well as Foreign Government and International Organisation officials, remain valid.
    Foreign nationals are temporarily barred from entering the Philippines. This includes foreign nationals under Visa Waiver Agreements, Special Visas, Executive Order No. 408, holders of Hong Kong (SAR), Macao (SAR) and British National Overseas passports and Immigrant and Non-immigrant visas. Exemptions will be granted to overseas Filipino workers, Philippine passport holders and foreign spouses of Filipino citizens, as well as foreign crew members.
    All Filipino citizens returning from areas where there is community-based COVID-19 transmission will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine period at designated facilities.
    The Department of Transportation has advised that all persons, regardless of nationality except for Filipino tourists, may now fly out of the country at any time. Inbound international travellers are allowed entry subject to strict immigration and quarantine protocols. Only one person is allowed to transport passengers to the airport and the driver must carry with them a copy of the passengers’ airline ticket.
    The authorities banned Filipino overseas foreign workers from travelling to Hong Kong, following the lifting of earlier restrictions on such travel.
    The Department of Tourism has created a Tourism Airport Team that provides a 24-hour service to stranded tourists at airports. Travellers may contact the Department of Tourism or the regional government for further information.
    Ports will continue to be open to cargo ships, no embarkation and disembarkation of crew will be allowed.

    Internal restrictions:

    Multiple provinces in the country, including the capital, are under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) which has been extended until at least 15 May. ECQ has been extended to provinces across the country that are deemed as ‘high risk’ in relation to COVID-19. The following ‘high risk’ provinces will be under enhanced measures:
    Bicol region: Albay and Catanduanes provinces.
    Calabarzon region: Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Quezon provinces.
    Central Luzon: Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, and Pampanga provinces.
    Central Visayas: Cebu province.
    Cordillera administrative region: Benguet province.
    Davao: Davao del Norte and Davao de Oro provinces, as well as Davao City (Davao del Sur province).
    Ilocos: Pangasinan province.
    Mimaropa: Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro provinces.
    National Capital Region: All areas.
    Western Visayas: Antique, Aklan, Capiz and Iloilo provinces, as well as Bacolod City (Negros Occidental province) and Iloilo City (Iloilo).
    Zamboanga peninsula: Zamboanga city.
    The implications of ECQ are:
    Restricted air, land and maritime movement, except for cargo and essential business.
    People may only leave their homes to conduct essential business such as purchasing basic necessities.
    Mandatory wearing of face masks when outside of residence.
    Nightly curfews may be put in place by local government units, these vary according to locality.
    Mass gatherings are prohibited.
    Mass public transportation as well as taxis and ride-hailing services are suspended during the quarantine. Those with private cars are only allowed to drive for essential purposes such as purchasing essential goods and accessing healthcare services.
    Private organisations allowed to operate are only those related to food and medicine production and distribution as well as health services. Banks, money transfer services, utilities, telcos, and outsourcing and export firms are also exempt.
    Areas considered to be under low or moderate risk are placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from 1 May. These areas include, but are not limited to:
    Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslin Mindanao: Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguidanao and Sulu provinces.
    Bicol: Camrines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate and Sorsogon provinces.
    Cagayan region: Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino provinces.
    Caraga region: Agusan del norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur provinces.
    Central Luzon: Aurora provinces.
    Central Visayas: Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor provinces.
    Cordillera: Abra, Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain provinces.
    Davao: Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental and Davao Oriental provinces.
    Eastern Visayas region: Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte and Western Samar provinces.
    Ilocos: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and La Union provinces.
    Mimaropa: Marinduque, Palawan and Romblon provinces.
    Northern Mindanao: Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanaao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental provinces.
    Soccsksargen region: Sarangani, North Cotabato, South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces.
    Western Visayas: Guimaras and Negros Occidental provinces.
    Zamboanga peninsula: Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay provinces.

    The implications of GCQ are:
    Select workers will be allowed to leave home quarantine and work in phases. Those under 21, above 60, and those in high health-risk will still be required to remain under home quarantine.
    Mandatory wearing of masks will remain in place. Priority and essential construction projects will resume, as will classes in higher education institutions.
    Public transportation will resume at reduced capacity. Non-leisure stores in shopping malls will be allowed to resume operations.
    Other than as listed above, areas under GCQ will be subject to the same restrictions as those under ECQ, until further notice.
    Hotels and other hospitality businesses may only operate during the lockdown under the following conditions:
    They have guests who booked their stay on or before 17 March.
    They have guests who have existing long-term leases.
    They are housing employees of establishments exempted from the lockdown.
    The Department of Trade and Industry has stated that hotels in GCQ areas will be gradually allowed to resume operations. Further guidelines will be issued in the coming days.
    Home quarantine is enforced on Luzon Island under ECQ/GCQ. People can only leave their homes to buy basic necessities like food and medicine. The curfew remains in place over Metro Manila from 20.00 to 05.00 until 15 May.
    Curfew exemptions will be granted to those involved in providing basic necessities, food preparation and delivery services, energy and telecommunications, as well as healthcare workers, water refilling workers, financial services workers, media personnel, and people transiting to and from work, with necessary identification and certificate of employment.
    Security posture will be heightened to enforce quarantine.
    Several other cities have also implemented further restrictions. At least 82 different localities have imposed differing restrictions and quarantine measures. Below is a partial
    list of these restrictions:
    Luzon
    Palawan province: The province is under ECQ. Domestic and international flights, as well as travel between municipalities in the province, are suspended.
    Pampanga province: All domestic and international commercial flights via Clark International Airport are suspended until further notice.
    Visayas islands

    Cebu province: The ECQ for Cebu City has been extended until at least 15 May. All borders of Cebu City are closed to non-residents, with the exception of essential services. All domestic and international flights are suspended. A mandatory stay-at-home order is in force, with the exception of those in essential services.
    Mindanao island
    Cagayan de Oro: A ‘community quarantine’ is in place until further notice. A daily curfew is in effect from 22.00-05.00. All shopping centres and entertainment venues have been ordered to close.
    Davao City: The ‘enhanced community quarantine’ has been lifted and replaced by a modified community quarantine (MCQ) from 26 April. Public transport services will resume in limited frequencies. Business, including those not in essential sectors may resume with minimal workforce. The nightly curfew remains in place from 18.00-06.00; residents can only leave their homes with a Food and Medicine (FM) pass.
    General Santos City: The city is under a nightly curfew from 21.00-04.00 until further notice. Entry and exit restrictions have been implemented on a case-by-case basis. Passenger flights have been suspended.
    Following the expiration of ECQ restrictions on 15 May, Metro Manila, Laguna and Cebu city will be placed under ‘modified’ ECQ restrictions from 16-31 May. Under the modified ECQ restrictions, limited reopening of businesses and transportation services will be allowed. While domestic flights and most public transportation remain suspended, public shuttles for essential workers will be permitted. Private vehicles will be allowed, limited to two passengers per row. Only one rider is allowed on motorcycles, bicycles and e-scooters. The government also encourages the use of non-motorised transportation. Gatherings will be limited to a maximum of five people, subject to health guidelines. Movement will be mostly limited to either obtaining essentials or travelling for work in industries that are allowed to resume. Limited outdoor exercises such as jogging and cycling will be permitted only if masks are worn and a social distancing of two metres is practiced. Inter-island travel remains prohibited.

    After 15 May, eight regions (Cagayan, Calabarzon (except Laguna), Caraga, Central Luzon, Central Visayas, Cordillera Administrative Region, Davao and Zamboanga peninsula) will be placed under GCQ, while the remaining regions (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Ilocos, Mimaropa, Northern Mindanao, Soccsksargen and Western Visayas) will be placed under ‘modified’ GCQ, where public movement will no longer be restricted and businesses will be allowed to resume with social distancing measures. Inter-island movement between two GCQ areas is permitted.

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    14.05.2020
  • Philippines Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila to resume inbound international flights from 11 May after COVID-19 prompts cancellations (ABS-CBN, 08.05.2020)

    Airports in Philippines are closed.
    – This does not apply to repatriation, medical and emergency flights.

    1. Passengers who have transited through or have been in China (People’s Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China) or Macao (SAR China) in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter the Philippines.
    – This does not apply to nationals of the Philippines. They will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their arrival into the Philippines.
    – This does not apply to spouses or children of nationals of the Philippines. They will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their arrival into the Philippines.
    – This does not apply to permanent residents of the Philippines. They will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their arrival into the Philippines.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    2.Passengers who have transited through or have been in the North Gyeongsang Province (including Daegu and Cheongdo Country) of Korea (Rep.) in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter the Philippines.
    – This does not apply to nationals of the Philippines.
    – This does not apply to spouses or children of nationals of the Philippines.
    – This does not apply to permanent residents of the Philippines.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    3. Passengers who have transited through or have been in Iran or Italy in the past 14 days are required to present a Medical Clearance or Health Declaration Certificate, issued by Health Authority within 48 hours prior to arrival and certifying that the passenger is free from Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    – This does not apply to nationals of the Philippines.
    – This does not apply to spouses or children of nationals of the Philippines.
    – This does not apply to permanent residents of the Philippines.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    4. Passengers who have transited through or have been in Iran or Italy in the past 14 days, are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
    5. Passengers under the following visa categories are not allowed to enter the Philippines:
    – Passengers under Visa Waiver Agreements.
    – Passengers with Special Visas
    – Passengers who fall under Executive Order No.408, s1960 (EO408);
    – Passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport, Macao (SAR China) passport, Macao-Portuguese, and British National Overseas passports.
    – Immigrant and non-Immigrant visa holders (i.e. 13, 9D, 9F, 9G, 47a(2), etc.)
    This does not apply to:
    – Foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals (if they are not traveling together, they should show proof of marriage or filiation).
    – Foreign government and International Organization officials whose visas were issued by the Philippines government.
    – Foreign crew members.
    6. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and Merchant Seamen must undergo COVID-19 tests on arrival conducted by Bureau of Quarantine. They will be brought to a Government facility for a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
    7. Nationals of Philippines are required to fill in Immigration Arrival Cards and ensure completeness of submitted information, specifically the “Address in the Philippines”.

    Internal restrictions:

    Domestic commercial passenger flights in Luzon and Cebu are suspended.
    Multiple provinces in the country, including the capital, are under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) which has been extended until at least 15 May. ECQ has been extended to provinces across the country that are deemed as ‘high risk’ in relation to COVID-19. The following ‘high risk’ provinces will be under enhanced measures: Albay, Bataan, Batangas, Benguet, Bulacan, Catanduanes, Cavite, Laguna, Metro Manila, Nueva Ecija, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Rizal, Tarlac and Zambales (all Luzon); Antique, Cebu and Iloilo (all Visayas); Davao del Norte, Davao City and Davao del Oro (all Mindanao). The status of the quarantine measures implemented in several of the aforementioned provinces will be re-evaluated on 30 April.
    The implications of ECQ are:
    Restricted air, land and maritime movement, except for cargo and essential business.
    People may only leave their homes to conduct essential business such as purchasing basic necessities.
    Mandatory wearing of face masks when outside of residence.
    Nightly curfews may be put in place by local government units, these vary according to locality.
    Mass gatherings are prohibited.
    Mass public transportation as well as taxis and ride-hailing services are suspended during the quarantine. Those with private cars are only allowed to drive for essential purposes such as purchasing essential goods and accessing healthcare services.
    Private organisations allowed to operate are only those related to food and medicine production and distribution as well as health services. Banks, money transfer services, utilities, telcos, and outsourcing and export firms are also exempt.
    Areas considered to be under low or moderate risk will be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) starting on 1 May. These areas include, but are not limited to: Abra, Apayao, Aurora, Batanes, Cagayan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Ifugao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Kalinga, La Union, Marinduque, Masbate, Mountain Province, Neuva Viscaya, Palawan, Quirino, Romblon, Sorsogon (all Luzon); Basilan, Biliran, Bohol, Eastern Samar, Guimaras, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Northern Samar, Samar, Siquijor, Southern Leyte, Western Samar (all Visayas); Agusan Del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, Basilan, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Davao Del Sur, Davao Occidental, Davao Orienta, Dinagat Island, Lanao Del Norte, Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, North Cotabato, Sarangani, Sulu, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Surigao Del Norte, Surigao Del Sur, Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga Del Sur, Zamboanga Sibuga (all Mindanao).

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    10.05.2020
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