Philippine ban on travelers from UK extended

President Duterte has extended the travel ban on flights coming from the United Kingdom for another two weeks from December 31, in an effort to keep out the new coronavirus strain.

The Philippines initially suspended flights from the UK, where the first case of the new variant was found, from December 24 to 31.

Duterte approved the recommendation of experts for the strict mandatory quarantine of travelers from countries that report the new variant.

The President approved recommendations to extend by another two weeks the travel ban on flights coming from the UK.

The body also agreed that “only (polymerase chain reaction) positive samples will be sent to the Philippine Genome Center or Research Institute for Tropical Medicine or the UP-National Institutes of Health for genomic sequencing.”

As a result, the Bureau of Immigration said they would not allow passengers from the UK to enter the country until January 14.

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