Update on PH Travel Ban on Foreign Travelers amid COVID-19 Pandemic
PH TRAVEL BAN – The Philippines is lifting its ban on foreign travelers except those from India starting today, May 1, 2021.
The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over. Unfortunately, the disease continues to spread breaching the 1-million mark on the total cases in the Philippines.
The total cases in the country surpassed the 1-million mark after several days of recording at least 7,000 new cases of the disease daily. The spike in the cases alarmed a lot of people most especially the healthcare workers.
Many hospitals in Metro Manila now have reached their full capacities for COVID-19 patients. Some even went beyond their capacities as there is a surge of patients. The authorities remind everyone to stay at home if not for very essential purposes.
Amid the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, Metro Manila and four nearby provinces such as Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, and Quezon were placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). It has been downgraded to Modified ECQ which was recently extended until May 14.
Travel restrictions were also implemented. For an update, based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the PH travel ban set on foreign travelers is lifted starting today, May 1, 2021. Travelers from India are exempted from the lifting of the travel restrictions due to the worsening case in the country.
According to the report, while foreigners may be allowed of entry following the lifting of the PH travel ban, there are several requirements they must accomplish. They need to secure a pre-booked accommodation for at least a week in an accredited quarantine facility or hotel in the Philippines.
Furthermore, they are subject to undergo a COVID-19 test on the 6th day since their arrival to the country. According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, the foreign travelers to be allowed of entry are subject under a maximum capacity on the date of entry and at the port.
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