Philippines includes Austria in travel ban due to new COVID-19 variant

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The Philippines bans the entry of foreign travelers from Austria starting Jan. 10 to 15 due to the outbreak there of the new South African COVID-19 variant.

Foreign passengers arriving directly from Austria, as well as those who have been there within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, will be restricted from entering the country starting 12 midnight of Jan. 10, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement Friday.

Those who will arrive before Jan. 10 will be allowed to enter the country but they will be required to undergo an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period, even if they obtain a negative RT-PCR test result. Filipino travelers from the said country will be allowed to enter the country but they also need to undergo 14-day quarantine and RT-PCR testing.

The Department of Health (DOH) will keep updating the list of countries whose residents will be banned from entry into the Philippines to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus variant.

The DOH said it will make recommendations, along with the Department of Foreign Affairs, on which countries to include in the ban.

A country may be covered by travel restrictions if its government reports the detection of the variant in its official channels or makes an official notification to the International Health Regulations.

  • hp, Source: Department of Health, Philipines and Bureau of Immigration
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