MANILA — The Philippines will ban entry of travelers from six countries in the first two weeks of 2022 in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases, the government said Thursday.
Cabinet Secretary Carlo Nograles said Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Spain would be placed on a “red list” between Jan. 1 and 15, banning travel from those countries. Passengers entering the Philippines.
Authorities earlier said the restriction exempted Filipinos returning through repatriation efforts and “Bayanihan” flights.
Meanwhile, the following low-risk areas will be part of the so-called “green list” from Jan. 1 to 15, Nograles said.
- The British Virgin Islands
- Chinese mainland)
- Côte d’Ivoire (Côte d’Ivoire)
- Equatorial Guinea
- Falkland Islands (Malvinas Islands)
- Saba (special municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
- saint barthelemy
- sao tome
- Sierra Leone
- St. Eustatius
- East Timor (East Timor)
- united arab emirates
Travelers from these areas are required to complete a shorter quarantine upon arrival in the Philippines compared to travelers from yellow-listed areas.
Areas that do not fall into the first two categories are yellow-listed, Nograles said.