PH suspends flights from UK over new COVID-19 strain

The Philippines joined other nations that have imposed restrictions on the UK amid concerns over a new and more contagious strain of COVID-19.

Malacañang announced President Duterte approved a temporary suspension of flights from the UK from December 24 to 31 as proposed by the Inter-agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The travel ban will cover “all passengers who have been in the [UK] within 14 days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines, including those merely transiting the same.”

People who are already in transit and will arrive in the Philippines before the start of travel ban are exempted from entry restrictions but they are required to go through more stringent quarantine and testing protocols. They will undergo 14-day quarantine at the Athlete’s Village in New Clark City regardless of their RT-PCR test results.

Outbound travel to the UK is subject to existing exit protocols of the Philippines.

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