What airline passengers arriving in Philippines need to know amid COVID-19 pandemic


Posted at May 12 2020 06:04 AM | Updated as of May 12 2020 06:22 AM

What airline passengers arriving in Philippines need to know amid COVID-19 pandemic 1
Filipino repatriates from United Kingdom arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Chartered flights carrying Filipino repatriates are allowed to land at NAIA after securing clearance from the Foreign Department and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. Commercial international flights remain restricted as NAIA will only accommodate 400 passengers per day. Czar Dancel, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA -- The Philippine Embassy in the US on Monday said the Philippine government has updated its measures for passengers arriving in Manila amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The embassy said that under the directive of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, all passengers arriving in the Philippines are subject to quarantine and testing procedures listed below:

1) Upon arrival at the port of entry, all passengers will receive an orientation from the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ).

2) Passengers will be directed to go to a "one-stop shop" to fill out pertinent documents.

3) Swabs for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test will be taken.

4) Passengers will be brought to a facility for quarantine for about 2 to 5 days, where they will be monitored while waiting for tests results.

5) Individuals who tested positive will be referred to hospitals for treatment. Individuals who tested negative will be issued BOQ Certificate stating that they tested negative in the RT-PCR test. Individuals who tested negative and issued a certificate will be allowed to leave the quarantine facility and proceed to their places of residence, where they can complete their 14-day quarantine.

"The cost of quarantine accommodations shall be shouldered by the Oversease Workers Welfare Administration for land-based OFWs, and by the local manning agency and/or Maritime Industry Authority for sea-based OFWs," the embassy said.

"Non-OFWs who are returning to the Philippines will undergo quarantine in a government-approved facility of their choice and at their own expense," it added.

As of Monday, the Philippines has recorded 11,086 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 726 deaths and 1,999 recoveries.

Globally, more than 4.1 million people were infected by the virus of which more than 1.4 million recovered and more than 280,000 died.