DFA ready to repatriate Filipinos in Iraq if tension escalates

Marje Pelayo   •   January 6, 2020   •   581

(FILE PHOTO) OFW IRAQ -Filipino overseas workers with a headband “Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Iraq” rally near the gates of presidential palace in Manila, Philippines on Friday, 20 August 2004. There are already some 4,000 Filipino civilians working for various foreign companies in Iraq. More workers have pending applications for jobs there, but the government has yet to lift a ban imposed due to last month’s hostage crisis. EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is appealing to all Filipinos to cancel or defer, until further notice, any travel to Iraq in view of the current tension in the country.

Filipinos in Iraq are likewise strongly advised to coordinate closely with the Philippine Embassy and their respective employers in the event that mandatory evacuation will be necessary.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin said the government is ready to repatriate Filipinos in the Middle East who are willing to return home in case conflict in the region further escalates.

In another tweet, he assured that President Rodrigo Duterte is aware and ready to deal with the crisis in the Middle East.

Filipinos in Iraq are advised to contact the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad through (+964) 781-606-6822; (+964) 751-616-7838; and (+964) 751-876-4665 or via email: baghdad.pe@dfa.gov.ph; and/or via facebook page: Philippine Embassy in Iraq for updates and assistance.

DFA NCR East closes for disinfection Sept. 28

Marje Pelayo   •   September 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that its National Capital Region-East (NCR-East) consular office located at SM Megamall will be closed on Monday (September 28).

This is to give way to disinfection of office premises and implementation of other preventive measures to manage and prevent risks against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The DFA NCR-East will resume its regular operations on Tuesday (September 29), the advisory said.

Affected applicants with confirmed appointments who are unable to avail of consular services due to the suspension of operations must secure another appointment by emailing ncreast.so@dfa.gov.ph with the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Original appointment date and time
  • Preferred date and time of new appointment

The preferred new appointment may be on any working day (Monday to Friday) from September 29 to October 29 during the Consular Office’s regular operation hours 10:00AM to 5:00PM.

Applicants who need emergency or urgent consular services may contact Consular Office NCR-East by email at ncreast.so@dfa.gov.ph.

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

Marje Pelayo   •   September 3, 2020

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.

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