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NEW YORK – The Philippine Consulate General of New York has issued a travel advisory restricting entry of U.S. nationals from entering the Philippines effective Sunday, Jan. 3 until Jan. 15, 2021. It includes foreign passengers coming from the U.S. or have been to the U.S. within 14 days before their arrival.
This came as the U.S. was included in the list of countries covered by Manila’s temporary travel restrictions due to the threat of a new COVID-19 variant.
The consulate’s advisory said “Filipino citizens, including dual citizens, will be allowed to enter the Philippines at any time but they shall be required to undergo an absolute-facility-based 14-day quarantine period, notwithstanding a negative RT-PCT test result.”
Besides the U.S., the travel-restricted countries include the U.K., Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, The Netherlands, Hong Kong SAR, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, and Spain.
Foreigners not coming from the list of travel-restricted countries are subject to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) guidelines for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has also advised all overseas Filipinos of the “limited quarantine facilities in place and are thus strongly urged to reconsider travel plans to the Philippines for the duration of the travel restrictions, which is set to end on Jan. 15 2021.”
Further, the DFA said that “those entering the country from affected countries and jurisdiction are also reminded that they will be required to undergo and complete a strict mandatory 14-day quarantine at a DOH-approved facility, regardless of negative RT-PCR result.” The temporary restriction is in effect regardless of previous visa status, exemptions granted, or relationship to a citizen.