Many balikbayans, having been immunization against COVID-19 and confident to visit their homeland to see family and friends, are starting to seek refunds on plane tickets.
Their eagerness is turning to irritation the moment their plane touches down on Philippine soil.
According to one balikbayan, upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport from the US, they were made to wait inside the airplane for a doctor and his staff to check everyone’s temperature and vaccination records.
This would not be a problem if the plane carried just a few passengers. But if there are over 300 onboard, going through every passenger inside the plane is guaranteed to add another hour of waiting to an already long trans-Atlantic flight.
Topping their frustration was having to be told that they had to undergo a 10-day quarantine because only vaccinations received in the Philippines allow them a shorter seven-day quarantine period.