Starting April 9, travelers coming from the Philippines are not allowed to enter the United Kingdom after the country was included on the "red list" travel ban, British Ambassador to Manila Daniel Pruce announced.
The new restrictions will come into effect next Friday by 4 a.m. (UK time) and will include visitors who have been in or have transited through the Philippines during the last 10 days.
"This means you cannot enter the UK from the Philippines unless you are a British or Irish national, or if you are a third-country national, including Filipino, who has residence rights in the UK," Pruce said.
Those allowed to enter would be required to undergo hotel quarantine upon arrival.
Meanwhile, the Embassy is still awaiting confirmation from the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland if they will also adopt the same measure.
The travel ban is meant to reduce the risk of new variants entering the UK and to protect its public health, Pruce said.
There are over 30 countries on the said list, the Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya, and Bangladesh as new inclusions as of Friday, yesterday.
"All of these decisions have been taken after careful assessment. These are temporary measures that will be kept under review and will only be maintained in place while the level of risk justifies them," Pruce said.
Those who may be affected are encouraged to visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/philippines.
Source: Philippine News Agency (PNA)