MANILA –Hong Kong and South Korea are instituting new measures for Filipino travelers to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease in their territories.
Starting July 25, Hong Kong will be requiring all arriving passengers from the Philippines and 6 other countries to present a negative COVID-19 result through a polymerase chain reaction test.
The traveler must also present a document or certificate written in English or Chinese that is issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution bearing his name or passport number and showing that the nucleic acid test was done within 72 hours prior to departure and that the result is negative.
The said document must also be accompanied by the original test result issued by the laboratory and another letter in English or Chinese issued by the local government where the facility is located certifying that it is recognized by government.
They must also show proof of hotel booking not less than 14 days for mandatory quarantine.
Transit passengers in Hong Kong are excluded from the new measure.
Meanwhile, starting Monday, July 20, South Korea will require arriving passengers from the Philippines to also present a negative PCR-test but only those done in hospitals or healthcare facilities accredited by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines.
The COVID-19 PCR test must be issued within 48 hours before the passenger’s scheduled flight and presented at the check-in counter at the airport and upon arrival at the quarantine authority in Korea.
The embassy reminded that the measure is not related to visa issuance. Those who already received a visa must still take additional COVID-19 test before their flight.
New-visa applications at the Korean embassy in the Philippines will temporarily stop until further notice. Likewise, visa applications received prior to this announcement will also stop except for visa for diplomats, officials, seafarers, and the spouse and the child of a Korean citizen.
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