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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 3, 2020)
April 3, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 3, 2020)

Location:  The Philippines


Face Masks Required in Enhanced Community Quarantine Areas:

  • On April 2, the Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases announced the mandatory wearing of face masks in areas placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
  • Anyone in the ECQ leaving their home is required to wear a face mask.
  • According to the IATF, face masks may be store-bought or improvised, such as a handkerchief or small towel covering the nose and mouth.

Consider your plan to shelter in place:  

While the U.S. Embassy is exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions, we strongly encourage U.S. citizens to make necessary preparations if staying in the Philippines during the quarantine period.  Please comply with local quarantine requirements and strictly follow local authorities.

Actions to Take:


  • U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
    1201 Roxas Boulevard
    +63(2) 5301-2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
    After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(63)(2) 5301-2000
  • State Department–Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444.
  • State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories, Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
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