For the information of the Filipino Community in Germany and the general public, in line with the announcement today by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of the Enhanced Community Quarantine for the Entire Luzon area, following are the latest travel-related guidelines for the Philippines:
• Outbound passengers intending to depart the Philippines from any of the international airports in Luzon shall be allowed to travel for a period of seventy-two (72) hours from effectivity of the Enhanced community quarantine;
• Inbound international passengers, in transit upon effectivity of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, shall be allowed entry, subject to applicable quarantine procedures if coming from countries with existing travel restrictions imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
• All inbound Filipino citizens including their foreign spouse and children, if any, holders of Permanent Resident Visa, and holders of 9(e) Diplomat Visas issued by the Philippine Government shall be allowed entry, subject to applicable quarantine procedures if coming from countries with existing travel restrictions imposed by the IATF.
• The movement of cargoes within, to and from the entire Luzon shall be unhampered. For this purpose, guidelines for the accompanying crew or personnel of transiting cargoes shall be formulated by the Department of Transportation; and
• Land, air and sea travel of uniformed personnel for official business, especially those transporting medical supplies, laboratory specimens related to the COVID-19, and other humanitarian assistance, shall be allowed.
Further, upon arrival at the ports of entry, triage will be conducted for travelers who are coming from countries with high risk of COVID-19 importation to the Philippines:
• Based on the Philippines’ Department of Health guidelines, these countries include South Korea, Singapore, Australia, China, Malaysia, Japan, Spain, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and the United States of America. Please refer to the triage procedure in the image below. Please note this list is subject to change.
• The Philippine Bureau of Immigration also implemented expanded travel restrictions for travelers coming from, or who have transited through Iran and Italy in the last fourteen days. They shall be required to present a medical certificate by competent medical authorities within the last 48 hours prior to arrival in country certifying that they are COVID-2019 free. Exempted from these restrictions (medical certificate requirement) are Filipino citizens including their foreign spouse and children, holders of permanent resident visas, and members of the diplomatic corps.
For information. Thank you.
Berlin, 16 March 2020