Malaysia and Thailand have been added to the travel ban list of the Philippines to curb the spread of the more infectious Delta variant of COVID-19 and other variants of concern, according to the Malacañang.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said at the Laging Handa briefing on Friday, the travel ban on arrivals from Malaysia and Thailand will start at 12:01 a.m. on July 25 and will last until 11:59 p.m. on July 31.
The Philippines included Malaysia and Thailand in its travel ban following reports of a surge in Delta variant cases in those countries.
"This action is undertaken to prevent the further spread and community transmission of COVID-19 variants in the Philippines," he said.
The restriction will cover "those with travel history to Malaysia and Thailand within the last fourteen (14) days preceding arrival in the Philippines," he said in a statement.
Passengers who may still enter the Philippines are those in transit from Malaysia and Thailand or who have visited those countries within 14 days before their arrival in the Philippines at any date before July 25, Roque said.
However, these passengers would have to undergo a full 14-day facility quarantine even if they get a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test result, he said.
The following is a list of countries included in the Philippines' travel ban, which will remain hoisted until July 31:
United Arab Emirates
Repatriation flights and special commercial flights for Filipinos are exempted from the travel restrictions. However, Roque said passengers in these flights must still follow the prescribed testing and quarantine protocols.
On July 16, a travel ban was also imposed on Indonesia, which is the new coronavirus epicenter in Asia, with tens of thousands being infected daily.
Before that, the Philippines imposed restrictions on arrivals from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman.
Source: Inquirer.Net, ABSCBN