The Philippines will bar foreigners and limit arrivals in its Manila airport to 1,500 passengers a day for a month starting this week due to a surge in coronavirus infections.
In an advisory on Tuesday, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) announced the reduced international inbound passenger capacity at the country’s main gateway.
“Please be advised that the international inbound arrivals at (NAIA) shall be limited to a maximum of 1,500 passengers per day,” the advisory read.
The cap will be enforced beginning Thursday, 18 March, at 8 am. It will be lifted on 19 April at 8 am.
Foreigners and returning citizens who are not migrant workers can’t enter the Southeast Asian nation till 19 April.
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines said on Tuesday it will continue to operate its full international schedule on Thursday, but will announce flight cancellations in the coming days.
Who can travel during ban?
During the temporary travel ban, only travellers that fit the following criteria can fly to the Philippines:
- Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)
- Holders of 9(e) visas
- Passengers on medical repatriation and their approved escorts
- Distressed Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) approved by the Department of Foreign Affairs
- Emergency, humanitarian and other cases approved by the National Task Force for Covid-19
Travellers who do not belong to one of these groups and were due to fly to the Philippines between this Saturday and Monday, 19 April, will need to change their travel plans.
The Philippines, which has Southeast Asia’s second-worst outbreak, reported daily cases above 4,000 for the fifth day on Tuesday.
Source: Civil Aviation Authority-Qatar