Philippines has finally lifted the travel ban imposed in UAE, and nine other countries starting September 6.
The other nine countries are India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
“International travelers coming from the abovementioned countries shall, however, comply with the appropriate entry, testing, and quarantine protocols,” Malacanang said in a statement.
Filipinos overseas welcomed Malacanang’s approval on the Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) recommendation to lift the current travel restrictions in the mentioned countries.
It added that the IATF approved the adoption of Yellow and Red classifications, in addition to the ‘Green List’ countries or territories.
Under Yellow List are countries or territories with ‘Moderate Risk’ based on the following metrics: for populations greater than 100,000, the incidence rate shall be 50 to 500; and for populations less than 100,000, the COVID-19 case counts shall be 50 to 500; and testing rate of tests over the past 28 days per 100,000 population.
“Inbound international travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, coming from or with travel history within the last 14 days prior to their arrival in the Philippines from “Yellow List” countries/jurisdictions/territories shall be governed by entry, testing, and quarantine protocols,” the Palace further added.
Though the travel restrictions are lifted, returning Filipinos are still required to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. The first 10 days shall be spent in a quarantine facility while the remaining four days must be spent under home quarantine.
Below is the guide on arrival and quarantine procedure for returning OFWs:
In compliance with Philippine government regulations, travelers arriving in the Philippines starting May 8, 2021 and onwards shall undergo 14 days of quarantine, 10 of which shall be observed at an accredited hotel or facility, and the remaining 4 to be completed at home under the monitoring of their respective Local Government Units. Travelers shall also undergo an RT-PCR test on the seventh day of their quarantine stay.
OFWs must stay at a hotel accredited by Tourism and Health Agencies while they wait for their scheduled test and the release of results. They can only check out from their hotel on the tenth day of their quarantine stay. Day 1 starts on their arrival date.
If an OFW is fully vaccinated, whether in the Philippines or abroad, and are coming from ‘Green’ countries, they are required to hold only a 7-day booking.
Before flying and during check-in
1. All travelers should register to the Bureau of Quarantine e-Health Declaration Card (e-HDC) including children. They need to declare their personal information, health status, and travel history. Registration is needed as early as 24 hours before the flight through https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC. Click ‘Yes’ when asked ‘Are your currently at the Airport of Departure or are you Departing today for the Philippines?’
Fill out the form accurately. Upon completion, ensure to save a copy of the unique transaction number and the QR code which will be required upon check-in. Failure to present the OHP QR code may result to non-acceptance to the flight.
Land-based OFWs are required to create or update their profile on the OFW Assistance Information System (OASIS) at http://oasis.owwa.gov.ph/.
2. Upon checking-in, sign the Declaration and Waiver Form presented by the airline’s check-in agent, indicating that the passenger is healthy and fit to travel.
During the flight
3. Accomplish the Bureau of Customs Form, OWWA Care Slip, and Arrival Card.
4. Ensure that the copy of One Health Pass QR code is available for presentation upon arrival.
5. Upon arrival, listen to the briefing conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
6. Undergo a temperature check, present the BOQ One Health Pass QR Code upon deplaning, and proceed to the designated waiting area.
7. Claim the baggage at the designated carousel and clear with Customs Check.
8. Exit the terminal and wait for the shuttle/bus that will travel to hotels.
At the quarantine hotel
9. Check-in in the hotels and wait for the schedule on the test on day 7.
If an OFW develops Covid-19 symptoms, including dry cough, shortness of breathing, loss of taste and/or smell at any time before the scheduled test, he or she needs to inform the hotel they are staying so a medical or BOQ officer can assess and check up on immediately.
10. The accommodation and food during the OFWs stay will be shouldered by the Philippine government. Any additional hotel fees due to required extensions will be shouldered by their governing agency.
11. If an OFW tests positive, the BOQ will transfer him or her to a designated hospital for further medical management.
However, if an OFW tests negative, the test result and quarantine certificate will be released on day 9 of their quarantine stay.
12. Once cleared, OFWs may contact their relatives to pick-up and bring them home. For land-based OFWs, they may coordinate with OWWA or use the OWWA Uwian Na portal for further transportation needs after their final point of arrival.
With texts from the Philippine Airlines’ website