Austria now in PH’s red list until Dec. 15 due to COVID-19

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The Philippines has imposed travel restrictions on seven more countries as it updated its “red list” effective November 28, Malacañang announced Sunday.

Acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles announced that those added to the “red list” or the list of areas considered as high-risk for COVID-19 are Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy.

Travel restrictions in these seven countries will be until December 15.

In a statement, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the following countries are now under the red list:

  1. South Africa
  2. Botswana
  3. Namibia
  4. Zimbabwe
  5. Lesotho
  6. Eswatini
  7. Mozambique
  8. Austria
  9. Czech Republic
  10. Hungary
  11. The Netherlands
  12. Switzerland
  13. Belgium
  14. Italy

Passengers already in transit and all those who have been to red list countries within 14 days prior to their arrival to the Philippines and will arrive before 12:01 a.m. of November 30, 2021, shall not be subject to this restriction from entry. They, however, will be required to undergo facility-based quarantine for 14 days with testing on the seventh day regardless of their RT-PCR result.

Only Filipinos returning to the country through government-initiated or non-government-initiated repatriation and Bayanihan flights may be allowed entry subject to the prevailing entry, testing, and quarantine protocols for countries under the red list.

Passengers who have already arrived prior to Nov. 28 are then required to complete their respective testing and quarantine protocols.

Passengers, whether Filipinos or foreigners, merely transiting through the said countries shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to the said country if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry into such country by its immigration authorities.

Passengers merely transiting through red list countries shall not be deemed as having been to the said country if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry by its immigration authorities. They shall comply with existing testing and quarantine protocols.

In addition, passengers from green list territories will have to comply with the testing and quarantine protocols for yellow list countries. This will be the case until December 15, 2021.

— sources: Bureau of Immigration, Republic of the Philippines/mb.com.ph/ picture: screenshot Bureau of Immigration, Philippines

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