An returning overseas Filipino worker in the Philippines shared in a Facebook the procedures being taken at the Clark International Airport upon arrival.
Nichole Manalo posted her experience in the Stranded OFWs in Dubai Facebook page her experience, being one of the passengers of the first Emirates flights from Dubai to Clark on June 5, 2020.
At the Dubai airport
She said that passengers need to be in the airport four hours before the scheduled flight as there is no online check-in available.
“Paki-make sure na din po mga kilo ng bagahe niyodahil na-dedelay ang flights sa mga over baggage,” she wrote.
Inside the plane
As per her experience, all passengers in window-side seats are observing social distancing, however, the middle-aisle seats are still seated by four passengers. In her flight, passengers were given pop corn, orange juice and water.
“Baon po kayo ng maraming food dahil after six hours na naman sila mag-serve ng food at hindi gaano mabigat sa tiyan dahil mga tinapay lang,” Manalo added, noting that crew are also letting them sign a form.
“Make sure to bring your own pen,” she added.
At the Clark International Airport
Upon arrival, all passengers will be briefed and ‘water and skyflakes’ will be given.
All OFWs will queue in the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and then will get swab test.
According to earlier reports, swab test is free of charge for returning OFWs.
Next will be in the immigration for clearing, and will go after at the luggage counter to get the baggage.
In the airport’s exit area, there will be a representative that will ask passenger about their hotel. The representative will inform them which bus number they will use to transport to the hotel.
Jollibee meals are also served on the buses. Only 24 OFWs are allowed to use the bus.
“Kung ikaw po ay visit visa pero dati nang OFW check niyo po kung OWWA member kayo or kung expired na kasi kung hindi, pwede mo mapakiusapan para libre na ang lahat,” she added.
Manalo said quarantined is mandatory for three to five days.
“Sobrang gaganda ng mga hotel dito sa loob ng Clark na malapit lang din sa airport,” she added.
Senior citizens and parents with small kids are prioritized by the agencies.