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India travelers barred from PH from April 29 to May 14

  • All travelers from India are prohibited from entering the Philippines starting April 29 to May 14, 2021 to slow down the surge in COVID-19 cases and stop the further spread of other variants of the virus
  • India has been recording the highest daily cases globally, with around 300,000 cases reported in the past days and hospitals said to have inadequate oxygen supplies and beds and forced to turn away numerous patients
  • Also prohibited are those who have a travel history to India within the last 14 days preceding arrival
  • Passengers already in transit from India arriving before 1 a.m. of April 29 will not be subject to the restriction, but will be required to undergo stricter quarantine and testing protocols
  • Airlines are directed not to allow the boarding of passengers entering the country pursuant to travel restrictions, except if the passengers are part of the repatriation efforts of the national government

All travelers coming from India are prohibited from entering the Philippines starting April 29 up to May 14, 2021 to slow down the surge in COVID-19 cases and stop the further spread of other variants of the virus in the Philippines.

Also prohibited are those who have a travel history to India within the last 14 days preceding arrival, according to Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Resolution No. 112 dated April 27.

Passengers already in transit from India and all those who have been to the South Asian country within 14 days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines who will arrive before 1 a.m. of April 29 will not be subject to the restriction.

However, they are required to undergo stricter quarantine and testing protocols such as observing an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period despite a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) result.

The Department of Transportation is directed to ensure that airlines do not allow the boarding of passengers entering the country pursuant to travel restrictions, except if the passengers are part of the repatriation efforts of the national government.

The resolution noted that restrictions as to travelers coming from other countries that report the new COVID-19 strain may be imposed by the Office of the President upon the joint recommendation of the Department of Health and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

India has been recording the highest daily cases globally, with around 300,000 cases reported in the past days and hospitals said to have inadequate oxygen supplies and beds and forced to turn away numerous patients.

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