COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 46: PROHIBITION ON FOREIGN TRAVELERS FROM ENTERING THE PHILIPPINES FROM 30 DECEMBER 2020 TO 15 JANUARY 2021 DUE TO NEW COVID-19 STRAIN (UPDATED 12 JANUARY 2021)

COVID-19 PUBLIC ADVISORY NO. 46: PROHIBITION ON FOREIGN TRAVELERS FROM ENTERING THE PHILIPPINES FROM 30 DECEMBER 2020 TO 15 JANUARY 2021 DUE TO NEW COVID-19 STRAIN (UPDATED 11 JANUARY 2021)

UPDATE 5: Beginning 0001H of 13 January 2021 until 15 January 2021, below restrictions are extended to Jamaica, Luxembourg, Oman, Pakistan, and People’s Republic of China. Please be guided accordingly.
 

UPDATE 4:  Following are exemptions from the restrictions outlined in this advisory: (1) Local/accredited foreign diplomats and international organizations such as the World Health Organization and United Nations [9(e) visa holders or diplomatic/official/regular passport holders with valid 9(a) visa and valid authorization from the Department of Foreign Affairs]; (2) Foreign dignitaries [with valid authorization from the Department of Foreign Affairs]; and (3) Those for medical and emergency cases, including their medical escorts, if any [with valid 9(a) visa and authorization from the Department of Foreign Affairs].

UPDATE 3: Beginning 0001H of 10 January 2021 until 15 January 2021, below restrictions are extended to Austria. Please be guided accordingly.

UPDATE 2: Beginning 0001H of 08 January 2021 until 15 January 2021, below restrictions are extended to Norway, as well the following countries: Brazil, Finland, India, Jordan, and Portugal. In view of the temporary travel ban, visa issuances at the Embassy are suspended until further notice. Please be guided accordingly.

UPDATE 1: Beginning 0001H of 03 January 2021 until 15 January 2021, foreign pasengers coming from the United States or who have been to the U.S. within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, will also be prohibited from entering the Philippines. Effective immediately, foreign pasengers coming from the U.S. or who have been to the U.S. within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, arriving before 0001H of 03 January 2021 shall not be prohibited from entering the Philippines, but shall be required to undergo an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period notwithstanding a negative Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) result.

In addition, passengers transiting through any of the countries mentioned in this advisory, who did not leave the airport and did not pass through immigration in transit country, will be allowed entry into the Philippines and need NOT complete a full 14-day facility-based quarantine, and may be allowed home quarantine upon testing negative on RT-PCR at point of entry, pursuant to existing protocols of the national government.

The Embassy hereby informs the public that pursuant to Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Resolution No. 91 (s. 2020), all foreign travelers coming from, or transiting through, the countries/jurisdictions listed hereunder, or who have been to the same within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, shall be prohibited from entering the country effective 0001H of 30 December 2020, until 15 January 2021:

  1. Denmark
  2. Ireland
  3. Japan
  4. Australia
  5. Israel
  6. The Netherlands
  7. Hong Kong SAR
  8. Switzerland
  9. France
  10. Germany
  11. Iceland
  12. Italy
  13. Lebanon
  14. Singapore
  15. Sweden
  16. South Korea
  17. South Africa
  18. Canada
  19. Spain

This follows a suspension of flights from, and prohibition of entry on all travelers coming from, or transiting through, the United Kingdom, imposed pursuant to IATF Resolution No. 90 issued on 23 December 2020, extended until 15 January 2021.

Effective immediately, passengers who are already in transit and arrive before 0001H of 30 December 2020 from the countries/jurisdictions listed above, including whose who have been to the same countries/jurisdictions within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, shall not be prohibited from entering the Philippines, but shall be required to undergo an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period notwithstanding a negative Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) result.

Likewise, effective immediately, Filipino citizens coming from the countries/jurisdictions mentioned above, or who have been to the same within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, shall NOT be prohibited from entering the country, but shall be required to undergo an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period notwithstanding a negative Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) result.

Restrictions on travelers coming from other countries that report the presence of the new variant of SARS-CoV-2, including Norway, may be imposed by the Office of the President upon the joint recommendation of the Department of Health and Department of Foreign Affairs.

This is an update to the Embassy’s COVID-19 Public Advisory No. 43. All other travel restrictions in said advisory remain in place until further notice.

 

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