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Philippine Government sets travel ban to foreigners arriving from Malaysia, Thailand

The Philippine government imposed a travel ban to foreigners with a travel history for the last 14 days in Thailand and Malaysia — as a part of the precautionary measures in the threat of highly contagious Delta Variant in the country.

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President Rodrigo Duterte and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea issued two-page memorandum order that starting from Sunday, July 25, all of the foreigners from the said countries are ban to enter the Philippines.

“All passengers coming from or who have been to Malaysia and Thailand within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, except Filipinos returning pursuant to government-initiated repatriation programs, or as part of non-government repatriation programs and special commercial flights allowed under existing IATF resolution, shall be prohibited from entering the country effective 0001H of 25 July 2021 Manila time until 2359H of 31 July 2021,” as stated in the memo.

However, all passengers that arrived before 12:01 a.m., Saturday are still allowed to enter the country. But they must undergo a 14-day facility-based quarantine with a negative result.

Aside from Malaysia and Thailand, other countries like Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, and United Arab Emirates are also covered in the temporary ban.

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