[TRAVEL ADVISORY] Manila, Philippines, Travel Ban: PAL, Air Asia, Cebu Pacific, Cathay & China Southern Flight Updates from/to Mainland China, Hong Kong & Macao as of Feb. 04, 2020 - Rakso Travel

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

[TRAVEL ADVISORY] Manila, Philippines, Travel Ban: PAL, Air Asia, Cebu Pacific, Cathay & China Southern Flight Updates from/to Mainland China, Hong Kong & Macao as of Feb. 04, 2020

Check-in counters at NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) Terminal 3 in Pasay City Metro Manila

As the cases of 2019 novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV continue to increase, last Feb 2, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the coverage of the travel ban on travelers to include all parts of the mainland China and it's two Special Administrative Region (SAR), Hong Kong & Macao with immediate effect until further notice.

In line with the Philippine Government-issued travel restriction, the following airlines released their affected flights and cancellations for public safety and interest.  

1.) PHILIPPINE AIRLINES

Philippine Airlines started to reduce flights between Manila – Greater China by over 50% last February 01, 2020. Below are the following Flight Cancellations:



DATE
FLIGHT NO.
ROUTE
FREQUENCY
FEB 04 - MAR 31
PR 318
Manila - Hong Kong
Daily
PR 312
FEB 05 - APR 1
PR 319
Hong Kong - Manila
PR 313

DATE
FLIGHT NO.
ROUTE
FREQUENCY
FEB 05 - FEB 29
PR 352
Manila - Macau
(M/W/F/Sa)
PR 353
Macau - Manila
MAR 2 - MAR 30
PR 352
Manila - Macau
(Mon/ Fri)


DATE
FLIGHT NO.
ROUTE
FREQUENCY
FEB 04 - FEB 28
PR 382
Manila - Guangzhou
(Tu/Th/F/Su)
PR 383
Guangzhou - Manila
MAR 3 - MAR 31
PR 382
Manila - Guangzhou
(Tu/Su)
PR 383
Macau - Manila


DATE
FLIGHT NO.
ROUTE
FREQUENCY
FEB 10 - FEB 15
PR 334
Manila - Xiamen
(Mon /Sa)
PR 335
Xiamen - Manila
FEB 13 - FEB 27
PR 334
Manila - Xiamen
(Thur)
PR 335
Xiamen - Manila
FEB 18 - FEB 25
PR 330
Manila - Xiamen
(Tues)
PR 331
Xiamen - Manila
FEB 23
PR 330
Manila - Xiamen
(Sun)
PR 331
Xiamen - Manila

DATE
FLIGHT NO.
ROUTE
FREQUENCY
FEB 8 - FEB 11
PR 356
Manila - Jinjiang
(Tues / Sat)
PR 357
Jinjiang - Manila
FEB 16 - FEB 22
PR 356
Manila - Jinjiang
(W/F/Sa/Su)
PR 357
Jinjiang - Manila
FEB 24 - FEB 29
PR 356
Manila - Jinjiang
(M/W/F/Sa)
PR 357
Jinjiang - Manila
MAR 4 - MAR 25
PR 356
Manila - Jinjiang
(Wed)
PR 357
Jinjiang - Manila

DATE
FLIGHT NO.
ROUTE
FREQUENCY
FEB 5 - FEB 29
PR 336
Manila - Shanghai Pudong
(M/W/Sa)
PR 337
Shanghai Pudong - Manila
FEB 7 - FEB 28
PR 338
Manila - Shanghai Pudong
(Fr)
PR 339
Shanghai Pudong - Manila


DATE
FLIGHT NO.
ROUTE
FREQUENCY
FEB 4 - FEB 28
PR 358
Manila - Beijing
(Tues/ Fri)
PR 359
Beijing - Manila
FEB 4 - FEB
PR 360
Manila - Beijing
(Tues / Sun)
FEB 5 - FEB 26
PR 361
Beijing - Manila
(Mon / Wed)
MAR 3 - MAR 31
PR 360
Manila - Beijing
(Tues)
MAR 4 - APR 1
PR 361
Beijing - Manila
(Wed)


All other Manila – China and China – Manila flights by Philippine Airlines are still operational. Nonetheless, if there were to be any further notice regarding flight reductions, an update will be given.
     REF: ADV20-030 DATED 24 JAN 2020

2.) AIR ASIA

Air Asia canceled its flights between the Philippines and China starting February 2, 2020. These include all flights to/from Manila, Kalibo, and Cebu to/from mainland China cities (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Shanghai), Hong Kong SAR, and Macao SAR. 
Resumption of flights will be released once available. 
  
All affected guests will be promptly notified via email or SMS. AirAsia strongly encourages guests to update their contact details using the “My Bookings” a feature on airasia.com to ensure that passengers receive timely notifications. Guests can also check on their flights via the “Flight Status” function on airasia.com website and mobile app.

3.) CEBU PACIFIC

No official announcement yet regarding flight cancellations or reductions by Cebu Pacific. However you have any questions, you may contact Cebu Pacific for more information. 

4.) CATHAY PACIFIC  & CATHAY PACIFIC DRAGON  
Guidelines on acceptance of passengers on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights.

ROUTE
PASSENGERS CATHAY PACIFIC/CATHAY DRAGON MAY ACCEPT:
Philippines - Hong Kong
(Outbound)
Foreign Nationals
Hong Kong - Philippines
(Inbound)
PH Nationals
Foreign Nationals who are PH Permanent Status Holders
·         Sec 13 ( Permanent indicated in ICARD)
·         EO 324
·         RA 7919 (Alien Social Integration Act)
·         NB (Native Born)
·         MCL-07-021
·         MCL-08-003 (by reason of marriage, allowed)

*Subject to 14-day quarantine as per Presidential directive


For further inquiries on allowed foreign nationals to enter the Philippines, please directly contact the Philippine Bureau of Immigration.

Currently, there are no flight cancellations. Any changes on flight status shall be disseminated through an updated advisory.

Rebooking and rerouting (within CX/KA network) charges will be waived for all tickets issued worldwide (irrespective of fare type) on/before 1 February 2020 for travel with Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon confirmed arriving to, departing from or transit through Hong Kong on 1 – 29 February 2020. More details in the Cathay Pacific website.  

5.) CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES  

Since February 2, 2020, China Southern has announced of their flight cancellations with flight numbers: CZ397; CZ398; CZ3077& CZ3078 all routing to/from Guangzhou – Manila v.v.

China Southern will release further updates regarding the status of their online operations once available. 

What is 2019-nCov?
Photo by CDC on Unsplash
2019-nCoV  or 2019 Novel Coronavirus is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).   

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, an infection that can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death. 

Here is the latest update on the 2019 nCoV case in the Philippines, as of  February 03, 2020:
Photo Source from the Philippine Department of Health Facebook Page

As of 03 February, 2020, according to ECDC or European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, there are 17,383 confirmed cases and 362 confirmed deaths around the world. 

See below chart of the confirmed areas affected with the disease:


Screen capture from ECDC’s website


Prevention is the key to avoid getting infected. Here are some good practices to do according to the World Health Organization:






Stay safe everyone and practice proper hand hygiene.

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