MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to restrict the entry of travelers from Indonesia, Malacañang announced Wednesday.
The entry ban also includes those with travel history to Indonesia in the last 14 days, IATF and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
“The Palace confirms that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has approved the travel restrictions for all travelers coming from Indonesia or those with travel history to Indonesia within the last fourteen (14) days preceding arrival in the Philippines,” Roque said in a statement.
The travel restriction will take effect from 12:01 a.m. of July 16 until 11:59 p.m. of July 31, he added.
Passengers already in transit from the abovementioned country and all those who have been to the same within 14 days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines, who arrive before 12:01 AM of July 16 may still be allowed to enter the country.
However, they will be required to undergo full 14-day facility quarantine, notwithstanding a negative Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) result.
“This action is undertaken to prevent the further spread and community transmission of COVID-19 variants in the Philippines,” Roque said.
The travel ban comes after Indonesia reported an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases, which has led to a severe shortage of oxygen supplies to treat critical patients.
Aside from Indonesia, the Philippines is also implementing a ban on the entry of travelers from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates until July 31.
The travel ban excludes Filipinos who are being repatriated by the government and private sector.