Metro Manila — The Philippines has exempted all Filipinos from the temporary entry restrictions it imposed on travelers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, subject to conditions.
Previously, the country’s travel ban, which is in effect until June 15, covered travelers who have been to any of the seven countries in the 14 days from the date of arrival in the Philippines. Exempted from the ban are those repatriated by the national government. The restrictions are aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus variant Delta (B.1.617.2).
“Liban sa repatriation program ng Philippine government, inexempt ng inyong IATF ang non-Philippine government repatriation efforts sa entry restrictions sa mga manggagaling ng India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates,” Roque said in a briefing.
[Translation: Aside from the repatriation program of the Philippine government, the IATF exempted non-Philippine government repatriation efforts from entry restrictions for those coming from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.]
Filipinos who are repatriated by non-Philippine government entities should present a negative RT-PCR test result, Roque said. The COVID-19 test must be taken 48 hours before departing the country of origin.
The IATF likewise required all Filipino repatriates from countries covered by the travel restrictions to undergo a strict 14-day facility-based quarantine from the date of arrival in the Philippines.