PH imposes travel restrictions on nine countries, territories under 'red list'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 10) – The Philippines will impose travel restrictions on nine countries and territories after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the "red list" on Friday.

The countries covered are Azerbaijan, Guadeloupe, Guam, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Saint Lucia, and Switzerland.

The travel restrictions for persons going and coming from these countries and territories will start noon of Sunday, Sept. 12.

All passengers coming from or who have been to the "red list" areas within 14 days before their arrival in the Philippines will be barred from entering from noon of Sept. 12 to 11:59 p.m. of Sept. 18.

Returning Filipinos from government-initiated or non-government repatriation programs are exempted.

Those who will arrive from the nine countries and territories before noon of Sept. 12 will be allowed to enter the Philippines - subject to a 14-day quarantine period. The first 10 days will be at a quarantine facility and the last four days will be under home quarantine supervised by their respective local government units.

COVID-19 swab tests will also be conducted on the seventh day of their quarantine.

Transiting passengers are exempted from the latest government directive, provided they stayed only in the airport.

The Philippine government has yet to give a reason for the travel restrictions imposed on these nine countries and territories.