5 of 8 injured Pinoys in Abu Dhabi blasts recover — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 3, 2020   •   274

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday (September 2), through the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi, confirmed that five of the eight Filipinos injured from the gas explosion from a restaurant in Abu Dhabi have recovered.

They have been discharged from the hospital while the other three are still recovering in two separate hospitals in the city.

A twin explosion rocked the busy city in the United Arab Emirates on August 31 which killed two Filipinos in the area.

The DFA, through the embassy, vows to continue monitoring the situation of Filipinos in the UAE and remains ready to extend assistance.

5 more countries lift inbound travel restrictions on Filipinos amid COVID-19 pandemic — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday (August 23) announced five more countries that have lifted inbound restrictions on Filipino travelers.

These countries include Brazil, Kiribati, the United Kingdom, Benin, and Chad. 

The lifting of restrictions is subject to medical protocols such as proof of purchase of health insurance, institutional or home quarantine, presentation of negative COVID-19 test results, among others. 

However, the DFA added that even though Canada, Armenia, Slovak Republic, and Kuwait still do not allow general entry, these countries have imposed stricter medical protocols for those who are exempted from the entry restrictions.

Chad, meanwhile, has opened its outbound borders, subject to flight availability and other special arrangements. 

Previous information on travel restrictions for other countries and regions remain the same. 

In view of these updates, the DFA reminds the public that information contained in the infographics is subject to change without prior and sufficient public notice. 

Therefore, it is always best to check ahead of travel dates with airlines, as well as with relevant embassies or consulates before booking a ticket and before departure.

25 overseas Filipinos add to PH tally of COVID-19 cases — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday (August 18) reported 25 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among Filipino nationals abroad.

However, the agency was pleased to announce that no new COVID-19 fatalities were reported and 16 new recoveries were recorded among overseas Filipinos specifically in the Middle East, Africa and the Asia and the Pacific.

To date, the DFA said, the Middle East remains to be the region with the most number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad, including daily new cases, recoveries, under treatment, and fatalities.

In comparison, the Asia-Pacific region records the lowest numbers in all categories, except in the total number of recoveries, where the Americas rank last with only 454 recoveries, the agency said.

DFA Consular Office – Robinsons Novaliches will be closed on August 19

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced that operations in its Office of Consular Affairs (OCA) in NCR-North (Robinsons Novaliches) will be suspended on Wednesday (August 19).

The temporary closure is in observance of Quezon City Day pursuant to Republic Act No. 6741 of 1989. 

The DFA said the consular office’s regular operations and services will resume on Thursday (August 20).

Applicants who have emergencies or urgent need for consular service may email CO NCR-North at ncrnovaliches.so@dfa.gov.ph on their concerns.

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Posted by Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines on Friday, 14 August 2020

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