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Health Alert
December 2, 2021

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines
United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines

December 2, 2021

Health Alert

Location:  Philippines

Event:  On November 26, the White House announced a travel restriction for certain travelers physically present within the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Zimbabwe due to the detection of a variant of the SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The policy does not apply to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and certain other categories of travelers. See the text of the announcement here. The new restrictions and requirements took effect on November 29.

U.S. citizens wishing to depart the Philippines currently have multiple options via commercial air.  As always, U.S. citizens are reminded that transportation schedules can change without notice. Please check with airlines/carriers regarding flight cancellations and/or restrictions and keep apprised of the testing and vaccine requirements for any country you are transiting. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to have a departure plan that does not depend on U.S. government assistance. U.S. citizens are also encouraged to read our webpage on What the Department of State Can and Can’t do in a Crisis.

Please visit the website of below airlines operating from Manila International Airport with direct flights to United States:

  1. Philippine Airlines
  2. United Airlines

For more information on airport operations, please visit Manila International Airport Authority website.

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