UPDATE: The 72-hour window for departing overseas has been lifted for OFWs, balikbayans and foreign nationals. They will be allowed to leave anytime during the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon, provided they travel only to the airport within 24 hours of the date and time of their departure. Outgoing passengers must provide documents of their departure, such as an electronic ticket or flight itinerary.
The Embassy informs the public that beginning 12:00 a.m. of 17 March 2020 until 12:00 a.m. of 13 April 2020, Enhanced Community Quarantine and Stringent Social Distancing Measures will be implemented over the entire Luzon.
On international travel restrictions, the guidelines mandate the following:
- Outbound passengers intending to depart the Philippines from any of the international airports in Luzon shall be allowed to travel for a period of seventy-two (72) hours from effectivity of the Enhanced Community Quarantine.
- Inbound international passengers, in transit upon effectivity of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, shall be allowed entry, subject to applicable quarantine procedures if coming from countries with existing travel restrictions imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
- All inbound Filipino citizens including their foreign spouse and children, if any, holders of Permanent Resident Visa, and holders of 9(e) Diplomat Visas issued by the Philippine Government shall be allowed entry, subject to applicable quarantine procedures if coming from countries with existing travel restrictions imposed by the IATF.
To avoid the further spread of COVID-19, the Embassy reiterates its advice for all persons to avoid non-essential travel, to the Philippines and elsewhere.
These measures are in addition to the community quarantine in place in Metro Manila – please refer to COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 7: https://www.philembassy.no/newsroom/covid-19-public-advisory-no-7-on-the-announcement-of-community-quarantine-in-metro-manila
Please refer to the guidelines from the Office of the Executive Secretary regarding the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon for more details.