[MANILA, PHILIPPINES TRAVEL ADVISORY] Philippine Airlines Strict Implementation of Quarantine to All Passengers Arriving in the Philippines - Rakso Travel

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

[MANILA, PHILIPPINES TRAVEL ADVISORY] Philippine Airlines Strict Implementation of Quarantine to All Passengers Arriving in the Philippines

To All International Passengers Arriving in the Philippines:


The Philippine government is implementing stricter quarantine and testing procedures for all arriving passengers, effective immediately, under a new directive from the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19.


All passengers will be required to undergo quarantine for at least 14 days after arrival in the Philippines.


Upon arrival, passengers will need to undergo special screening procedures at the airport to be conducted by government health professionals. The screening will determine the type of quarantine that will be required, whether "stringent" or "mandatory":



Required for all passengers coming from a 'high-risk' area (identified by the WHO as an area with high level of COVID-19 community transmission), or from a high-risk vessel in the case of sea-based overseas Filipinos; or any passenger with flu-like symptoms as assessed by a health officer at the airport.

- Must undergo RT PCR COVID-19 testing at the port of entry or designated quarantine facility; and

- Must stay in a government-designated stringent quarantine facility until their test results are released.

- If test results are positive, will be transferred to a designated hospital for further medical management.

- If test results are negative, will be allowed to move out to undergo a 14-day quarantine at home or an appropriate local monitoring facility



- Required for all other passengers (those not assigned to undergo stringent quarantine)

- Must undergo Rapid Antibody COVID-19 testing; and

- Must stay at a government-designated 14-day mandatory quarantine facility. Passenger will have the option to stay at a hotel designated as an approved quarantine facility, at his or her choice and own expense.

Reference: Philippine Airlines


How to protect yourself from the coronavirus or COVID-19?

With the continual spread of the coronavirus or COVID19, it is better to stay vigilant and follow these simple ways to prevent yourself from getting the disease.

  • Wash your hands with soap or use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol with at least 70% solution.
  • Sneeze and cough into tissues or the crook of your elbow. If you get mucus or spit on your skin, clean it off right away. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially people exhibiting respiratory symptoms and fever.
  • Stay home when you're sick.
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean surfaces, such as countertops and doorknobs, with a disinfectant. 
  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and practice distancing yourself.  
  • For healthy people wear a mask only if you are caring for someone who is sick or a person with suspected COVID-19 infection. Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for the caregivers.
  • If you choose to wear a facemask make sure it is covering your mouth and nose and leave no gaps between your face and the mask. 

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP)


Take care and stay safe, everyone.


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