The Philippines has declared a state of public health emergency over the coronavirus threat with the increasing number of confirmed cases around the world and in the country. Some airlines, cruise lines, and travel companies already announced the cancellation of trips and flights. The government imposed travel restrictions in the Philippines as well.
If you are planning to travel or are worried about your booked flights, here are the travel updates you must monitor for safer trips:
– All modes of transportation are suspended until April 14, 2020.
– A temporary travel ban to mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, North Gyeongsang province, and South Korea remains with the exemption of Overseas Filipino Workers, permanent residents, and students.
– The government has also raised the possibility of imposing travel bans to Japan, Iran, and Italy.
– Philippine Airlines cancelled all flights between Manila, Taipei, and the following points in China: Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xiamen, Quanzhou (Jinjiang), and Macau until March 28, 2020. The airline also suspended flights to and from Doha from March 9 to March 15, 2020.
– Cebu Pacific has also cancelled all flights between Manila, mainland China (Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen), Hong Kong and Macau until March 31, 2020. On February 28, Cebu Pacific announced that flights to and from South Korea are suspended until April 30, 2020.
– AirAsia cancelled selected flights between Manila and Seoul-Incheon, Cebu and Seoul-Incheon, Kalibo and Seoul-Incheon, as well as Kalibo and Busan until the government’s further notice.
The Qatari government temporarily banned the entry of travelers from the Philippines and 13 other countries—Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Syria. Doha-bound passengers including those with residence or work permits, temporary visas, and visas upon arrival who traveled to COVID-affected countries in the last 14 days starting on March 9, 2020, are banned from entering Qatar.
All flights to and from the Philippines and six countries—Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt—are suspended. The arrival of non-Kuwaiti citizens who had been to those countries in the last two weeks will be banned as well, while Kuwaiti citizens will be allowed to enter and subject to necessary quarantine procedures by health authorities.
Travelers who have been to the Philippines, China, administrative regions in Hong Kong and Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Italy, and Iran within the last 14 days will be prohibited from entering the borders of the Cook Islands.
On March 9, Riyadh suspended travel to the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, South Korea, Egypt, Italy, and Iraq. Land and sea travel to and from Oman, France, Germany, Turkey, and Spain are temporarily suspended as well. Even Umrah pilgrims are banned from visiting the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina. Umrah visa holders and tourist visa holders from the said countries, including the Philippines, are covered by the temporary travel ban. Filipinos who are holding employment, work visit, business visit, or family visit types of visas will still be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia.
Passengers from the Philippines and other countries are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine or isolation period.
Passengers and airline crews who have been to the Philippines and other countries in the past 30 days must secure a medical certificate at most five days before arrival at the island.
Always keep yourself—and your families or friends—aware and updated on the latest travel restriction announcements from reliable sources. As much as possible, try to rebook and set aside your travel plans for now to prevent the spread of the virus. Be a cooperative and responsible traveler; follow the safety measures ordered by the officials. Safe travels everyone!
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