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PH adopts ban on travellers from Malaysia, Thailand

  • The Philippines is applying a ban on travelers from Malaysia and Thailand from July 25 to 31, 2021 to prevent further spread of COVID-19 variants, particularly the highly infectious Delta, in the country
  • Also covered by the ban are those with travel history from the two Southeast Asian countries within the last 14 days preceding arrival in the Philippines
  • Passengers already in transit may still be allowed to enter the country but must undergo a full 14-day facility quarantine
  • Filipinos on repatriation and special commercial flights are excluded from the travel restrictions

The Philippines has imposed a ban on travelers from Malaysia and Thailand from July 25 to July 31, 2021 to prevent the further spread and community transmission of COVID-19 variants, including the highly infectious Delta, in the country.

Also covered by the ban are those with a travel history from the two Southeast Asian countries within the last 14 days preceding arrival in the Philippines.

Passengers already in transit from Malaysia and Thailand, and those who have been to the two countries within 14 days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines and who arrive before 12:01 a.m. of July 25, 2021 may still be allowed to enter the country. They will be required to undergo a 14-day facility quarantine, notwithstanding a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) result.

Filipinos on repatriation and special commercial flights are exempt from the travel restrictions but will still have to follow the prescribed testing and quarantine protocols.

Aside from Malaysia and Thailand, travel bans are in place until end of July on Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, and Oman.

READ: PH temporarily bans travelers from Indonesia

The Department of Health on July 22 confirmed local transmission of the Delta variant. As of July 22, there are a total of 47 local cases of the Delta variant, which first emerged in India.

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