The Philippines has included the Czech Republic in the coverage of the temporary travel ban on foreign travelers from countries where the new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) variant was detected, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said foreign passengers arriving directly from Czech Republic 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 Jan. 28 until Jan. 31.
“Filipino citizens coming from, or who have been to the Czech Republic, within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, including those arriving after January 28, 2021, 12:01AM, Manila time, shall be allowed to enter the Philippines,” Roque said in a statement.
Filipino citizens coming from, or who have been to the Czech Republic, allowed to enter the Philippines need to undergo quarantine until the result of a subsequent reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test, which is administered on the fifth day of the quarantine is released.
“Those who tested negative from both RT-PCR tests will be endorsed to their respective local government units, which will strictly monitor the remainder of their 14-day quarantine,” Roque said.
Currently, foreign travelers from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, the United States, Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, Brazil, Austria, Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, and Oman are prohibited from going to the Philippines.Studies found that the new variant that emerged from UK is nearly 70 percent more transmissible than the original Covid-19 variant. However, there is no evidence yet that it is deadlier than the previous variant. SOVEREIGNPH