ADDITIONAL COUNTRIES / JURISDICTIONS SUBJECT TO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS RELATIVE TO THE
SARS-CoV-2 VARIANT FIRST DETECTED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
13 January 2021 – Further to Public Advisory No. 43-2020 and Public Advisory No. 01-2021, No. 02-2021, and No. 03-2021 on the inbound travel from countries, including Switzerland, with new variants of COVID-19, and pursuant to the Resolution no. 92 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) dated 05 January 2021, the concerned public is informed of the addition of Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Oman, and the People’s Republic of China in the list countries / jurisdictions subject to travel restrictions effective 12:01 PM of 13 January 2021 (MNL time) until 15 January 2021, without prejudice to the extension of such period upon the approval of the IATF.
The concerned public is advised to refer to the Advisory of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) dated 12 January 2020 on the Revised Travel Restriction Guidelines to be observed relative to the SARS-COV-2 United Kingdom Variant (B.1.1.7 OR VUI 2020/12/01) and the South African Variant (501.V2) for the updated Summary of Travel-restricted Countries, which can be viewed from: http://www.immigration.gov.ph/images/Advisory/2021/01_Jan/2021Jan13_advisory.pdf
The Embassy also wishes to reiterate the following:
For Filipino Nationals:
Filipino nationals, who are coming from or who have been to the said countries / jurisdictions within 14 days preceding arrival in the Philippines, are required to undergo and complete a strict mandatory 14-day stringent quarantine at a DOH-approved facility, regardless of a negative RT-PCR result. The list of facilities suitable for stringent quarantine may be accessed at the following link: https://bernepe.dfa.gov.ph/images/Facilities_Suitable_for_Stringent_Quarantine.pdf.
For Foreign Nationals
Foreign nationals, who are coming from or who have been to the said countries / jurisdictions within 14 days preceding arrival in the Philippines and are covered by the exemptions contained in the IATF Resolution No. 92 dated 05 January 2021, will be subject to the same measures stated in Public Advisory No. 02-2021 (https://bernepe.dfa.gov.ph/advisories/1107-public-advisory-no-02-2021-exemptions-from-travel-restrictions-relative-to-the-sars-cov-2-variant-detected-in-the-united-kingdom).
Foreign nationals not covered by the above exemptions shall still not be permitted entry into the Philippines, notwithstanding any previous IATF resolutions or exemptions.
Incoming unaccompanied minor Filipino passengers
Based on the Memorandum from the Executive Secretary dated 12 January 2021 (https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/2021/01/12/memorandum-from-the-executive-secretary-on-additional-countries-jurisdictions-subject-to-travel-restrictions-relative-to-the-sars-cov-2-variant-first-detected-in-the-united-kingdom/), the rules on incoming unaccompanied minor Filipino passengers, as provided in paragraph II of the Memorandum from the Executive Secretary dated 05 January 2021 (https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/12dec/20210105-Memorandum-from-the-Executive-Secretary.pdf), shall also apply to passengers coming from or who have been to the aforesaid countries / jurisdictions, with the prohibition on entry taking effect on 12:01 PM of 13 January 2021 (MNL time).
An Advisory on this may be viewed from: https://bernepe.dfa.gov.ph/advisories/1108-public-advisory-no-03-2021-on-the-one-stop-shop-oss-operational-guidelines-for-returning-overseas-filipinos-with-new-covid-19-variant-and-rules-on-incoming-unaccompanied-minor-filipino-passengers.
To view the IATF Resolutions, including Resolution No. 92, please visit: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/section/laws/other-issuances/inter-agency-task-force-for-the-management-of-emerging-infectious-diseases-resolutions/.
Call to carefully reconsider travel plans to the Philippines
Embassy calls on the public to carefully reconsider their travel plans, including postponing their trips until after the end of the travel restrictions considering the limited quarantine facilities, to avoid personal inconvenience and possible additional expenses, as well as help prevent the incidence of the new COVID-19 variant in the country.
The Embassy again reminds travellers to always check ahead of travel dates with their airlines before their scheduled departure date or before booking a ticket as the information published could change at any time.
The following are some additional important weblinks for the reference of the concerned public:
- Bureau of Immigration: http://www.immigration.gov.ph/#advisory
- Bureau of Quarantine, Department of Health: https://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/
- Red Cross E-CIF: https://e-cif.redcross.org.ph/
- COVID-19 Laging Handa: https://covid19.gov.ph/
- Department of Foreign Affairs (Advisories on COVID-19): https://dfa.gov.ph/covid-19-advisories
Please be guided accordingly.