Philippines Temporarily Bans Travelers from France

Updates on Philippines Existing Temporary Travel Ban

PHILIPPINES – The Philippine government added France to the temporary travel ban amid the threat of the Omicron variant.

Currently, countries are on a more tightened tone over travelers from other nations amid the threat of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. It was identified as a heavily mutated variant of the virus.

The Omicron variant was first recorded in South Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned nations to boost efforts to prevent the entry of the said variant of concern. There is a possibility that it is more transmissible compared to the other variants of the virus previously identified.

At least 17 countries across the globe have recorded cases of the Omicron variant. Several nations are currently implementing travel restrictions.

Philippines Airport
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The Philippines is one of the nations that are tightening its borders on travelers from several other countries that recorded cases of the Omicron variant. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the PH government decided to add the travelers from France to the travel ban amid the threat of the variant of concern.

According to presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles, the inclusion of France on the travel bans of the Philippines will start from 12:01 a.m. of December 10 until December 15. The restrictions include other travelers who have a history of travel to France within the last 14 days.

Based on the report, those travelers who arrived in the country on or after 12:01 a.m. of December 10 but before 12:01 a.m. of December 13 are required to be under a facility-based quarantine for two (2) weeks. Furthermore, an RT-PCR test will be conducted on the 7th day.

Furthermore, Nograles expressed that only the returning Filipinos from France who are traveling through the flights initiated by the government and non-government agencies and the Bayanihan Flights will be allowed entry to the country. The travelers are subject to quarantine and testing protocols.

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