31 countries lift inbound border restrictions on Filipino travelers — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 8, 2020   •   1023

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced that 31 countries have already lifted the inbound border restrictions on Filipino travelers subject to medical protocols.

The latest additions to the list of countries that have recently opened their borders include Bahamas, Egypt, Ethiopia, and UAE.

This is out of 177 nations and territories that declared travel bans due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

However, the DFA said a total of 68 countries and territories still do not allow entry into their borders such as Cuba, Haiti, Palau, Timor Leste, France, and most countries in the Middle East/Africa, among others.

About 78 countries/territories, despite inbound border closures, give entry exemptions to Filipinos who are citizens of the destination country and returning residents, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with work visas and contracts, diplomatic or UN passport holders going to post or on official travel.

The new update under this category is Macau SAR, with imposed medical protocols.

Likewise, the DFA said the updated list confirms that 138 countries now allow Filipinos to return to the Philippines, subject to flight availability and other special arrangements.

New countries which have allowed departures for the Philippines include the mentioned countries which also recently opened their inbound restrictions.

Meanwhile, with the recent announcement of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on the resumption of international flight operations at NAIA Terminal 3 beginning 12:01 a.m. of July 8, the DFA reiterated that travel restrictions can change without prior public notice.

The DFA advises all travelers to always check ahead of travel dates with the airlines that will be used as well as with relevant embassies or consulates before departure or before booking a ticket.

COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos spike with 322 new infections

Marje Pelayo   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Wednesday (January 13) a spike in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases among Filipinos abroad.

Based on the agency’s latest tally, 322 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Asia and the Pacific and Europe bringing the total number of confirmed cases among Filipinos abroad to 13, 378.

Meanwhile, 97 Filipinos have recovered from the disease bringing the overall tally of recovered cases to 8,585.

The reported spike is due to another surge in COVID-19 cases in one country in Europe, the DFA said.

No new fatality has been reported among overseas Filipinos so far, keeping the death toll at 935.

The DFA, together with its foreign service posts, remains fully committed to monitoring and assisting our nationals abroad amidst this ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DFA reports latest spike in COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday (January 13) reported a spike in cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among overseas Filipinos.

In the agency’s latest advisory, 34 Filipinos abroad were added to the overall tally of positive cases, bringing the total to 13,056.

On the other hand, 27 overseas Filipinos have recovered from the disease.

Most of the new cases were reported in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe. 

Meanwhile, no new COVID-19 fatality was reported.

To date, the Middle East and Africa remains to be the region with the most number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, recoveries, under treatment, and fatalities among our nationals. 

The Americas has the least numbers in all categories compared to other geographic regions, except in the total number of deaths wherein Asia and the Pacific ranks lowest with a total of only 21.

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4 new cases, 1 death from COVID-19 reported among Filipinos abroad — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday (January 11) reported four Filipinos from abroad who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This brings the total number of Filipinos abroad currently positive for COVID-19 to 13,022.

Meanwhile, one succumbed to the disease, the latest addition to the overall tally of COVID-19 deaths among overseas Filipinos which is now at 935.

Nevertheless, one recovery has been reported which means the number of Filipinos abroad who triumphed their battle against the disease is now at 8,461.

The additional cases were recorded among Filipinos in the Middle East and Africa. 

To date, the total number of countries and territories with confirmed cases among Filipinos remains at 84.

The DFA vows to work closely with its Foreign Service Posts to partner with host governments to ensure the safety and well-being of Filipino nationals abroad amidst the pandemic.

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