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Travel Advisory

REMINDER – CHECK TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

27 Jul 2020

Advisory No. 97

Updated as of July 27, 2020


We wish to remind our domestic and international passengers to check the latest travel requirements applicable to your destination city/country, as well as at your point of origin, as you prepare for your travel.


Travel requirements change from time to time. Here are some new regulations that took effect recently:


TRAVEL TO DAVAO - (Domestic Travel)

Passengers traveling to Davao City are recommended to submit, prior to check in, a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours from date of departure. This is to avoid any inconvenience of having to undergo the required COVID test upon arrival at Davao airport, and waiting for the test result at the airport. (Passengers will not be allowed to leave the airport holding area until the results are released, which may usually take from 8 to 12 hours.) Children under the age of 12 are exempted from the requirement provided that the accompanying adult presents a negative RT-PCR result.


TRAVEL TO CLARK - (Domestic Travel)

Clark-bound domestic passengers who plan to enter Angeles City must present negative COVID-19 test result (RT-PCR test) at the Angeles City boundary checkpoint, to comply with requirements of the city authorities. 


TRAVEL TO ZAMBOANGA - (Domestic Travel)

Passengers traveling to Zamboanga are required to undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test upon arrival in Zamboanga, and to quarantine for 14 days after arrival, to comply with requirements of  local authorities.  (Locally stranded individuals are now allowed by local authorities to board Zamboanga-bound flights regardless of their final destination.)


TRAVEL TO DUBAI - (International flights from the Philippines)

The Dubai authorities now require travelers to obtain a COVID-19 negative certificate (PCR test results) no more than 96 hours before departure. Presenting the COVID negative certificate is a pre-requisite for boarding a flight bound for Dubai. This new requirement is already in effect.


TRAVEL TO HONG KONG - (International flights from the Philippines

Hong Kong authorities now require travelers to obtain the following:

-       Original copy of the COVID-19 negative certificate (nucleic acid test results) taken no more than 72 hours or 3 days before departure. The certificate, either in English or Chinese, must include the name and identity card or passport.

-       A letter certificate in English or Chinese, certifying that the laboratory is authorized by the government to perform the test.

-       Booking confirmation in a hotel for no less than 14 days from date of arrival.


TRAVEL GUIDELINES OF THE PHILIPPINES’ BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION

 

Inbound Travel to the Philippines – (International flights from other countries)

Only the following are allowed to travel to the Philippines at present:

-       Filipino citizens, including their spouses and children who may be foreign citizens (If the foreign citizen spouse is traveling alone, proof of marriage must be presented.)

-       Accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents

-       Foreign airline crew members on duty

-       Seafarers holding 9C visa

-       Effective August 1, 2020: Foreign nationals with long-term visas, valid and existing at time of entry, provided they have pre-booked an accredited quarantine facility and a COVID-19 testing provider.


All passengers arriving into the Philippines will be required to undergo an RT-PCR test and to stay in a designated quarantine hotel or facility until the results are released. Please note that the cost for the COVID tests and the quarantine hotel will be borne by the traveler (except that, for Overseas Filipino Workers - OFWs, the government will shoulder the cost of tests and accommodation).


Outbound Travel from the Philippines - (International flights bound for other countries)

Only the following are allowed to exit from the Philippines at present:

- Foreign Nationals

- Overseas Filipino Workers

- Permanent Visa Holders

- Students enrolled abroad and participants accepted in exchange visitor programs

Note: Exit will be allowed for the above only if there are no travel restrictions disallowing their entry into their destination or transit countries.


As a general rule:

For international travelers: Please check the government website of your destination country, as well as your country of departure, for the latest updates. These governmental regulations may have an impact on the status of your flight or your acceptance for boarding.


For domestic travelers: Please check with the local government offices of both your origin and final destination points for travel requirements, such as mandated documents or health certifications. These requirements differ from province to province, and are revised constantly in line with the anti-COVID-19 arrangements of each locality.


For more information, please see here: https://www.facebook.com/117387315866/posts/10158075967145867 and https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/ph/home/covid-19/newnormalexperience.


Your health and safety will always be our top concern, and we wish you safe travels.


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