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Ban extends to UAE and Hungary

United Arab Emirates and Hungary, added to the list of restricted countries


MANILA – The Office of the President included the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Hungary into the list of countries subjected to travel restrictions until January 31st.


In a statement, the Office of the Executive Secretary said foreign passengers coming from or who have been to the UAE and Hungary within fourteen (14) days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines shall be prevented from entering the country effective January 17,2021 at 12:01 A.M. (Manila time) until January 31,2021.


Foreign passengers coming from, or who have been to these two countries within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, arriving before January 17,2021, 12:01 A.M. (Manila time), shall be allowed to enter the Philippines. However, they shall be required to undergo an absolute facility0based 14-day quarantine period, evenif they obtain a negative RT-PCR test result.


It was also learned Filipino citizens coming from, or who have been to these two countries, within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, including those arriving after January 17,2021, 12:01 A.M. (Manila time), shall be allowed to enter the Philippines. The will be required to unde4rgo an absolute facility-based quarantine period, even if they obtain a negative RT-PCR rest result.


Filipino and foreign passengers transiting through this two countries shall be covered by the rules included in the Memorandum from the Executive Secretary dated December 31,2020.


The rules about incoming unaccompanied minor Filipino passengers as provided in the Memorandum from the Executive Secretary dated January 5,2021, have been amended.


Unaccompanied Filipino citizens coming from countries or jurisdiction where travel restrictions are in place on account of the new variant of COVID-19, shall be prevented by boarding by the airlines until January 31,2021, except minors returning through the repatriation program of the national government. These repatriated minors shall be turned over to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration house parent who, in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), shall ensure the minors’ safety and their observance of quarantine protocols.


Unaccompanied minor Filipino citizens who land on Philippine airports despite the prohibition against boarding, shall not be sent back to their port of departure. They will be turned over to an authorized DSWD officer who can ensure the minors’ safety and their observance of quarantine protocols. (Melo M. Acuña)





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