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MORE COUNTRIES COVERED BY TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS FOR PH-BOUND TRAVEL

12 1月 2021

12Jan2021


5 MORE COUNTRIES NOW COVERED BY TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS FOR PH-BOUND TRAVEL


Foreign passengers from China, Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, and Oman are now covered by travel restrictions for inbound  travel to the Philippines, effective 12:01 PM January 13 up to January 15, 2021.


The inclusion of the 5 countries brings to 33 the total number of countries covered by travel restrictions to the Philippines. The 33 countries have cases of infections from the covid-19 variant.


Philippine Airlines will thus be unable to accept, on our flights to the Philippines, foreign passengers who originate from the above countries or who have travelled to any of these countries 14days prior to their scheduled arrival in Manila.


Filipino citizens originating from or who had traveled to any of the specified countries within 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival in the Philippines, and who are arriving within the period of January 13 to 15, shall be accepted on PAL flights to the Philippines.


The updated restrictions is covered by a Resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF) restricting travel into the Philippines from specified countries, as a protection measure against the new variant of the SARS-COV 2 Virus.


Covered by passenger restrictions on flights to the Philippines since December 29, 2020 are:

Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, The Netherlands, Hong Kong - SAR, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, United Kingdom and Austria.

 

The United States has been covered by passenger restrictions on flights to the Philippines since January 3, 2021.


Covered by passenger restrictions on flights to the Philippines since January 8, 2021 are: Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, and Brazil.


For all arrivals in the Philippines:


RT-PCR TESTING


All arriving passengers will be subjected to the mandatory RT-PCR testing-on-arrival.


For OFWs, RT-PCR testing will be carried out by the government One Stop Shop, free of charge. For non- OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos, RT-PCR testing will be carried out by the PAL One Stop Shop for a fee of PHP 4,000. (Discounts for Sr.Citizens and PWDs apply)


14-DAY STRINGENT QUARANTINE


For OFWs, please proceed to OWWA Desk. You will be assigned a quarantine facility designated by the Philippine government, free of charge.


For non-OFWs and eligible non-Filipinos, please proceed to the DOT desk. You will be assigned a quarantine facility designated by the Philippine government, subject to availability of accommodation.


In cases where hotels designated by the Philippine government are at full capacity,  travelers must prepare to shoulder their accommodation in one of the hotels suitable for the 14-day stringent quarantine.


PAL shall not be liable for the unavailability of government-provided hotel accommodation or for any and all hotel accommodation costs incurred or to be incurred by travelers in compliance with the 14-day mandatory quarantine.


If you do not wish to stay at your assigned hotel, you must choose your own accredited hotel suitable for stringent quarantine and arrange your transportation from the airport to the hotel. Hotel stay and transfer costs will be on passenger's account.


You may also book your 14-day quarantine stay in advance. For the list of accredited hotels suitable for stringent quarantine, click https://bit.ly/MNLHotels-SQF. After arranging your hotel and transportation, fill out the Affidavit of Undertaking and ensure that this has been signed or stamped by the hotel verifier.


Note: Hotels suitable for stringent quarantine are designated facilities to those travelers coming from high-risk areas or vessels as identified by WHO, and those who exhibit flu-like symptoms as identified by the health officer at the airport. These are different from hotels suitable only for mandatory quarantine.


Unaccompanied Minors:


Effective until January 15, 2021, all unaccompanied minor Filipino citizens - from any of the 33 countries covered by the above travel restrictions - shall not be allowed to enter the Philippines, unless they are part of the government's repatriation program. In the latter case, repatriated minors shall be turned over to the OWWA house parent, who will coordinate with the DSWD to ensure the minor's safety and observance of health protocols.


However, unaccompanied minor Filipino citizens from countries other than those covered by the new restrictions shall be allowed to enter the Philippines. Diplomats and dignitaries are exempted from the new travel restrictions, provided they comply with arrival and quarantine protocols.


Options for Passengers:


Passengers who cannot take their flight to the Philippines because of these temporary bans may: rebook their flights with rebooking service fees waived, convert their ticket to a travel voucher, or avail of a refund.


Passengers who are still eligible to enter the country but choose not to push through with their flight may voluntarily change their bookings subject to the rules of their ticket and following the "No-Worry Flight Fare Brand". Passenger options can be viewed at https://bit.ly/PALPassengerOptions. For updates, please visit our PAL Facebook Page and PAL Website.



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