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Hong Kong Government Bans PAL Flights for 2 Weeks

PAL FLIGHTS – The Hong Kong government temporarily bans Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights amid the fight against the COVID-19 spread.

For most countries, the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over now because of the increasing cases and the existence of the new variants of the virus. Thus, most nations have intensified their fight against the pandemic.

For more than a year now, travel restrictions are up in several countries. Community quarantine measures are also implemented in specific areas. In the Philippines, the whole country remains under community quarantine measures most especially amid the recent spike in the cases.

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Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Philippine Airlines flights are currently banned in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government made the decision after three (3) of its imported cases of COVID-19 are from the Philippines who boarded PAL flights to Hong Kong.

PAL flights are banned in Hong Kong for two weeks until September 11. According to the report, the airlines expressed that the three (3) passengers, two (2) Filipinos and a Chinese, presented negative COVID-19 results. PAL also assured that they are strictly implementing the health and safety protocols.

The decision of the Hong Kong government came a day before the country opened its borders for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19. Many Filipinos working in Hong Kong are greatly affected by the restriction.

BAYAN group in Hong Kong and Macau expressed that the restriction greatly affects the bringing of Pinoys to Hong Kong and work opportunities are on the line. It is hoping that the Philippine government can do something or make a representation in Hong Kong about the problem.

For the passengers of the affected PAL flights, you have options to rebook, refund, or convert your tickets into travel vouchers without penalties.

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