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Travel Advisory

SPECIAL ADVISORY ON CHECK-IN FOR PASSENGERS BOUND FOR THE UNITED STATES

03 Feb 2020

If you are traveling to points in the United States, we strongly recommend that you allot extra time (up to four hours before flight departure time) to check-in for your flights.  

Each passenger will need to undergo extra screening that includes an interview on recent travel history. This is a mandatory procedure in view of new rules imposed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

Here are the latest protocols PAL is implementing in line with acceptance of passengers for US-bound flights: 

1). A passenger will not be accepted to board a flight to the United States if the passenger has been present in the People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the past 14 days preceding the date of departure from the Philippines.

Exempted from this rule are: Passengers who are U.S. Citizens, flight crew members, lawful residents in the U.S., holders of Permanent Resident Card or Letter of Parole, any alien (defined by A to J below) seeking entry into or transiting the U.S. or who have originated in, transferred from, or transited through the People's Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) and are entering the U.S. thru the following airports ONLY: LAX, SFO, HNL, JFK. 

A.  Any alien who is the spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Examples of documentation: Passport or other information identifying individual as related to minor child with a U.S. passport; IR-visa package.


B. Any alien who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of twenty-one. Examples of documentation: Passport or other information identifying individual as related to minor child with a U.S. passport; IR-visa package.


C. Any alien who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of twenty-one. Examples of documentation: Passport or other information identifying individual as related to minor child with a US. passport; IR-visa package.

D. Any alien who is the child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee who is seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications. Example of documentation: Passport or other information identifying individual as related to minor child with a U.S. passport; IR-visa package.


E.  Any alien traveling at the invitation of the United States Government for the purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus. Example of documentation: Letter of invitation on letterhead from the CDC.

F. Any alien traveling as a nonimmigrant under section 101(a)(15)(C) or (D) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(C) or (D), as a crew member or any alien otherwise traveling to the United States as air or sea crew. Example of documentation: Visa documentation contained in passport.


G. Any alien seeking entry into or transiting the United States pursuant to an A-1, A-2, C2, C-3 (as a foreign government official or immediate family member of an official), G1, G-2, G3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 visa. Example of documentation: Visa documentation contained in passport.

H.  Any alien whose entry would not pose a significant risk of introducing, transmitting, or spreading the virus, as documented by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or his designee. Example of documentation: Written documentation from CDC.
 
I.  Any alien whose entry would further important United States law enforcement objectives, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees based on a recommendation of the Attorney General or his designee. Example of documentation: Designated point of contact to verify basis of travel.

J. Any alien whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their designees. Example of documentation: Standard process for verifying the admissibility of a passengers regarding status for entry into the United States.

2). PAL will accept for boarding any passenger who has not been present in the PROC within 14 days preceding date of travel to the United States.

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