Date: 21 July 2020 (UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 19, 2020)
The following countries require all passengers coming from the Philippines to present a Negative Result/Certificate for Covid-19 RT-PCR Test upon check-in for their flights. Failure to do so will result denial of boarding to their flight even if the passengers have confirmed bookings.
– China (starting August 20)
– United Arab Emirates (including Abu Dhabi and Dubai)
– Hong Kong (starting July 25)
– South Korea
– Taiwan (starting July 26 for entry and July 29 for transits)
Please refer below for further details of the conditions per country.
Affected passengers may email your Marsman Travel Consultant for clarification and assistance.
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In accordance with the joint announcement of the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, starting from 20 August 2020, Chinese and foreign travelers who are to fly from the Philippines to China are required to take nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 within five days before boarding and only those who test negative will be allowed to board the plane.
The following procedures are for foreign travelers to follow:
1.All foreign passengers inbound China by flights from Philippine airports shall be required to take nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 conducted by designated institutions (Please see http://ph.china-embassy.org/chn/lsfw/t1802803.htm ) and get Nucleic Acid Test Certificates with negative result within 120 hours prior to boarding flights.
2. Passengers shall fill in and sign the Health Declaration Form (please
download from the website:
) and are required to send scanned copy of the signed Forms, together with
the Nucleic Acid Test Certificates and the photocopies of the front-page of
passports to the Chinese Embassy or Consulates (according to the location
of the testing institutions) by email:
Chinese Embassy : email@example.com
Consulate-General in Cebu: firstname.lastname@example.org
Consulate in Laoag: email@example.com
Consulate-General in Davao: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Certified Health Declaration Forms with a validity period of 5 days (starting from the issuing date of the Nucleic Acid Test Certificates from the designated institutions) shall be issued by the Chinese Embassy or the Consulates and sent back to the applicants by email. Please be noted that it shall take at least 1 working day for the verification by the Chinese Embassy or the Consulates.
4.Passengers shall be required to present the print-out certified Health Declaration Form within the validity period during check-in or before boarding flight and cooperate with airlines for further checking. Please be noted that passengers with expired Health Declaration Forms won’t be allowed to board and are required to conduct new Nucleic Acid Tests as well as applying for new Health Declaration Forms.
5. All passengers inbound China from Philippine airports shall follow relative laws and regulations and provide genuine and effective Nucleic Acid Test Certificates. Passengers who provide false certificates or information shall bear corresponding legal liabilities.
6. For foreign passengers ultimately bound for China who transfer via other countries that require valid Health Declaration Forms for boarding (please see https://hr.cs.mfa.gov.cn/help_two/help-two/gj.html , select ENGLISH version on top right of the page) will also be required to show Health Declaration Forms during transfer. Please make sure that the Forms will be still valid when boarding the connecting flights.
7. Please be noted that a certified Health Declaration Form is NOT a Chinese visa. For visa service, please refer to the Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and National Immigration Administration on the Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits on March 26, 2020. For queries, please contact email@example.com.
1. On July 29, Japanese embassies, consulates-general and consular offices (hereinafter refer to as“Japanese overseas establishments”) in the relevant country/region have started procedures for the re-entry of foreign nationals who have left Japan with re-entry permit before the country/region where such foreign nationals are currently staying was designated as an area subject to denial of permission to enter into Japan.
2. Considering various factors such as number and rate of recent COVID-19 positive cases detected at the airport quarantine, the Government of Japan has decided that from the perspective of preventing the spread of COVID-19, the foreign nationals with re-entry permit who have stayed in Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines or Peru within last 14 days prior to landing in Japan, will be required to present a Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan and a certificate of negative test result conducted within 72 hours before their departure to Japan upon re-entering Japan from August 7 2020. This measure will also be applied to the holders of the status of “Permanent Resident,” “Long Term Resident,” “Spouse or Child of Japanese National,” and “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” (and the spouse or child of Japanese nationals and permanent residents who do not possess these statuses of residence). Diplomats and foreign government officials will be exempted from this measure.
(Note) Regarding all other countries/regions other than these four countires mentioned above, holders of re-entry permit and the status of “Permanent Resident,” “Long Term Resident,” “Spouse or Child of Japanese National,” and “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” (and the spouse or child of Japanese nationals and permanent residents who do not possess these statuses of residence), who previously could re-enter Japan as being deemed to have special exceptional circumstances will be required to present a Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan and a certificate of negative test result conducted within 72 hours before their departure to Japan, re-entering into Japan after 1st September.
As part of the gradual lifting of restrictions imposed in the State of Qatar as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and based on Qatar’s travel policy announced previously, the travel policies effective on, Saturday 1st August, have been reviewed based on public health indicators in the State of Qatar and around the world.
First – the quarantine policy has been reviewed and the following has
a. Arrivals to the State of Qatar from low-risk countries are required to take a Coronavirus test upon arrival at the airport, and to sign a formal pledge to adhere to quarantine at home for a week, noting that the traveller’s status on the Ehteraz application will be yellow, which means that they are required to quarantine. After the week has elapsed, the traveller must go to one of the dedicated health centres to get another Coronavirus test. If the result is positive, the traveller will be transferred to isolation, and if it is negative, the quarantine period ends at the end of that week and the traveller’s status on the Ehteraz application will change to green. It should be noted that the list of low-risk countries will be published on the Ministry of Public Health’s website and announced by the Civil Aviation Authority. The list of low-risk countries will be reviewed every two weeks. If there are accredited COVID-19 testing centres in one of these low-risk countries, obtaining a COVID-free certificate from one of these centres exempts the traveller from taking the test at the airport upon arrival in the country, provided that the date of obtaining the certificate does not exceed 48 hours before traveling.
b. Arrivals from countries that are not included in the list of low-risk countries and in which COVID-19 testing centres have been accredited are required to obtain a virus-free certificate from there no more than 48 hours before travelling. The arrivals must also adhere to the home quarantine for a week upon arrival in Doha while also following the policy and conditions applied to arrivals from the low-risk countries mentioned above.
c. Arrivals from other countries that are not included in the list of low-risk countries and in which there are no accredited COVID-19 testing centres will be required to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for one week, provided that hotel accommodation is booked through the “Discover Qatar” website before arriving in the State of Qatar. After the week has elapsed, the ending of the quarantine period will depend on the result of a COVID-19 test. If the result is positive, the traveller will be transferred to isolation, and if it is negative, the person will commit to home quarantine for another week, in which case the status on the Ehteraz application will be yellow and will then change to green after the week has passed.
Second – Qatari citizens and their spouses and children, and permanent
a. They can travel outside the country and return at any time, while adhering to all the aforementioned procedures and according to the countries of arrival.
b. Patients receiving treatment abroad at the expense of the state of Qatar and their registered companions, and employees who are dispatched for work assignments, will be exempt from bearing the cost of the hotel, as the relevant body will cover the costs of the hotel quarantine if the traveller meets the conditions of the hotel quarantine, as explained in the statement.
Third – residents:
a. They will be allowed to return to the State of Qatar starting the first of August 2020. Residents’ entry will be organised based on a series of priorities, including public health indicators, the nature of the needs of the various government and semi-government sectors and humanitarian cases, and through submitting return requests for permits via the “Qatar Portal” website based on the above-mentioned priorities.
b. The employer shall bear the costs of the quarantine in the dedicated facilities for blue collar workers in the private sector and domestic workers at a nominal cost after obtaining the entry permit.
Fourth – categories eligible for home quarantine:
The Ministry of Public Health has identified the following categories eligible for home quarantine for a week, regardless of the country from which they arrived:
- Those over 55
- Those who have had an organ or spinal cord transplant
- Those who receive immunosuppressive therapy
- Those who suffer from heart disease
- Those who suffer from moderate to severe asthma
- Those who receive cancer treatment
- Pregnant women
- Babysitting mothers with children up to five years-old
- Those who suffer from kidney failure
- Those with chronic liver disease
- Those with lower limb amputation
- Those with disabilities who require support to carry out activities
- Disabled children and their mothers
- Those who suffer from epilepsy and receive treatment
- Those with diabetic foot
- Those with immediate relatives who have died in the 10 days prior to their arrival
- Those receiving treatment for mental and psychiatric illnesses, and people suffering from claustrophobia
- Those who suffer from diabetes and receive treatment
- Those who have high blood pressure
Workers in the various sectors are required to coordinate the dates of travel and return with their employers. Families and workers in the education sector must take the quarantine period into account when planning their return to the State of Qatar in order to avoid absence during the mandatory quarantine period, whether in the designated facilities or at home.
It should also be noted that the process of issuing return permits for residents will be through the “Qatar Portal” website until the need to organise the entry process ends, based on relevant public health indicators.
For more information regarding the process of issuing return permits to the State of Qatar, you can visit the Ministry of Public Health page on COVID-19 or contact the Government Contact Centre via the hotline (109).
Starting from July 26, travelers arriving in Taiwan from Philippines must undergo COVID-19 testing at airports and observe quarantine measures
On July 24, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to rage in the Philippines. Furthermore, of 11 imported cases confirmed in Taiwan from June, six are linked to the Philippines. To protect public health, the CECC announced that starting from July 26, travelers arriving in Taiwan from the Philippines must follow related quarantine measures which are listed below.
1. Taiwanese nationals and certain foreign nationals (foreign nationals
with an Alien Resident Certificate or a resident visa, migrant workers,
foreign students, and foreign diplomats) must, whether they have symptoms
or not, have their specimens collected at the airport upon entry into the
country. Those who have symptoms shall be transported to a group quarantine
facility to await test results; asymptomatic individuals shall undergo a
14-day period of home quarantine at home or at a quarantine hotel.
2. Foreign nationals without an Alien Resident Certificate must provide a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result issued within three days of boarding before they are allowed to board their flight or their transit flight, or to enter Taiwan. Those who wish to enter Taiwan must also undergo home quarantine for 14 days after entry into the country.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Emirates would like to inform you on the updated requirements for passengers transiting/travelling to Dubai.
Passengers must carry a negative PCR test certificate if:
– Your point of origin is one of the countries or airports listed below.
– You traveled from the points listed below to another destination and took a connecting Emirates flight to Dubai.
Without a test certificate, passenger will not be accepted on the flight.
The certificate must be issued by a local government approved laboratory.
Certificates must be issued no more than 96 hours before departure. This
applies to the following points of origin:
– Russian Federation
– USA – Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO), including passengers originating from California, Florida and Texas connecting to an Emirates flight to Dubai.
Click this link for the Licensed Covid-19 Testing Laboratories in the Philippines.
> ETIHAD AIRWAYS
Guests travelling to Abu Dhabi as their final destination from Azerbaijan, Egypt, India, Lebanon, Philippines, Russia or Sri Lanka, are required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result received within 72 hours prior to departure from an approved clinic . If a guest does not have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, they will not be permitted to board.
This will be effective July 22 for the succeeding flights (MNL-AUH) until further notice.
Please take note that this “does not apply” to passengers “transiting” in Abu Dhabi to onward destinations within our network or
those originating from EY’s “Online Destinations” Inbound to Manila”.
Beginning July 25, passengers flying from Philippines to Hong Kong will be required to present a negative Covid-19 Nucleic Acid Test result for 72 hours before flight as well as a confirmed booking for 14 days at a hotel for the mandatory quarantine.
Airlines are tasked to check/collect the following documents as check-in
requirements for passengers bound to Hong Kong:
1. Certificate issued by a laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the HKID or passport number of the traveller showing that the traveller undergoes a SARS-CoV-2 Nucleic Acid Test and tested negative. The test should be done within 72 hours before their scheduled departure for Hong Kong. Form A
2. Certificate issued by the government certifying the laboratory or institution is recognized and approved by the government. Form B
3. Original report of the test issued by the laboratory or healthcare institution bearing the name and passport number of the traveller
4. Confirmed hotel booking with stay of not less than 14 days from the date of arrival in Hong Kong.
The above requirements do not apply to transiting passengers.
Effective July 20, 2020, all passengers departing from Manila arriving and transferring at Incheon International Airport must present a valid COVID-19 PCR negative certificate issued within 48-hours prior departure by an accredited hospital designated by the South Korean Embassy in the Philippines, due to the increasing number of positive cases in the country. Exempted to this requirement are passengers holding Korean passports.
Here are the accredited hospitals designated by the Korean Embassy in the Philippines:
Passengers are required to present the certificate upon check-in at the airport. Failure to do so will result to denial of entry in the airport.