Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 6, 2020)

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila (April 6, 2020)

Location:  The Philippines

Event: 

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) lists the following community quarantine areas:

Luzon

Baguio – starting March 16 until April 15
Cagbalete Island – starting March 10 until March 23
Cainta, Rizal – starting March 15 until April 14
Catanduanes – starting March 15 until April 14
Cavite – starting March 17, effective indefinitely
Ilocos Norte – executive order signed on March 14
Ilocos Sur – March 15 until April 14
La Union – starting March 16 until April 12
Metro Manila – starting March 15, effective indefinitely
Pangasinan – starting March 16 until April 12

Visayas

Antique – starting March 17 until March 31
Bacolod City – starting March 15, effective indefinitely
Bohol – starting March 16 until March 20 (dry run)
Biliran – starting March 17 until March 31 (limited border closure)
Capiz – starting March 15, effective indefinitely
Cebu City – starting March 16 until April 14
Iloilo – starting March 15 to April 14
Leyte – starting March 18 to April 17
Negros Occidental – starting March 15 until April 14
Southern Leyte – starting March 17 until March 31
Tacloban City – starting March 21 until April 12

Mindanao

Cotabato – starting March 17
Davao de Oro – local government imposed a “partial lockdown”
Davao City – Executive order signed on March 15
Iligan City – starting March 16, effective indefinitely
Lanao del Sur – starting March 17 until April 14
South Cotabato – Executive order signed on March 16
Southern Leyte – starting March 17 until March 31
Valencia City, Bukidnon – starting March 16 until March 29
Zamboanga City – starting March 20
Zamboanga del Norte – starting March 17 until April 14

Zamboanga Sibugay – starting March 17, effective indefinitely

Please monitor the DOT website for updates: https://philippines.travel/safeph

According to the Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF): 

  • The wearing of face masks is mandatory 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.

For information on Philippine visas and  the Bureau of Immigration, hotels, and car rentals, please visit this page:  https://ph.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

Actions to Take:

Assistance:

  • 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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