The following guidelines will be implemented for cruise vessels:
- Vessels with passengers who were in Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau, regardless of nationality, will not be allowed to dock.
- Vessels who did not call Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau must undergo a health screening, submit a Maritime Declaration of Health and other pertinent documents related to COVID.
- If allowed to dock, all travel excursions in the Philippines must be submitted. The master of the vessel must immediately report to a Quarantine Medical Officer any occurrence of flu like symptoms.
The following guidelines will be implemented for cargo vessels.
- Vessels that called Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau 14 days prior will be boarded at anchorage. A yellow flag must be hoisted at the foremast upon arrival at anchorage then quarantine boarding formalities will begin.
- This procedure will be repeated at any local port called after.
- Ship agents of vessel with PUI at a non-competent port must arrange the immediate diversion of the vessel to either Manila or Cebu (whichever is nearer).
Temporary ban on entry into the Philippines of any person regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of permanent resident visas, directly coming or within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines has been to China, Hong Kong, Macau.
Effective February 14, 2020, Taiwan was removed from the Philippines’ temporary travel ban list.
Effective February 28, Filipinos and Permanent Resident Visa Holders from North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea including Daegu City and Cheongdo County are free to enter the Philippines provided they will be under strict fourteen (14) day home quarantine. All foreigners from South Korea will be screened by the Bureau of Immigration to determine that they are not from areas or have traveled from areas with travel restriction.
All disembarkation of foreign passengers and crew from cargo and cruise vessels are temporarily deferred until further notice. Only foreign on-signer crew will be allowed for crew change. Filipino crew who are joining/off-signing will still be allowed for crew changes.
Province of Luzon is under enhanced community quarantine, as announced on March 16.
- Outbound passengers intending to depart the Philippines from any of the international airports in Luzon shall be allowed to travel for a period of seventy-two (72) hours from effectivity of the Enhanced Community Quarantine.
- Inbound international passengers, in transit upon effectivity, shall be allowed entry, subject to applicable quarantine procedures if coming from countries with existing travel restrictions imposed by the IATF.
- All inbound Filipino citizens including their foreign spouse and children, if any, holders of Permanent Resident Visa, and holders of 9(e) Diplomat Visas issued by the Philippine Government shall be allowed entry, subject to applicable quarantine procedures if coming from countries with existing travel restrictions imposed by the IATF.
- The movement of cargoes within, to and from the entire Luzon shall be unhampered. Guidelines for the accompanying crew or personnel of transiting cargoes shall be formulated by the Department of Transportation.
- Land, air and sea travel of uniformed personnel for official business, especially those transporting medical supplies, laboratory specimens related to the COVID-19, and other humanitarian assistance, shall be allowed.
Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) – released an advisory in view of the declaration of the “Enhanced Community Quarantine” in Luzon. These guidelines are as below:
- Passenger shipping operations in all ports in the whole Luzon shall be suspended during the period of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
- Cargo transport via sea shall continue to facilitate the movement of basic goods and commodities.
- Sea travel in areas outside of Luzon shall be subject to quarantine measures and/or travel restrictions issued by Local Government Unit (LGUs).
- All applications pertaining to the Shipyards Regulation Service (SRS), Domestic Shipping Service (DSS), and Maritime Safety Service (MSS) shall be filed with the nearest available MARINA Regional Office (MRO) or processed through electronic mail.
- All applications filed with the Overseas Shipping Service (OSS) shall be processed through electronic mail.
- All applications for issuance and amendment of Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) or issuance of Special Permit (SP) or Provisional Authority (PA), petition for approval and confirmation of the sale and transfer of ships shall be filed by the applicants/petitioners with the MRO where the ship is homeported. However, for ships homeported in MARINA Central Office (MCO), applications may be filed with the nearest MRO where the shipping company/operator is having a branch office.
Effective March 24, suspension of the 7-day period to lodge goods declaration during the “enhanced community quarantine” (ECQ). Lodgment and filing of goods declaration may be made within fifteen (15) days from the date of discharge of last package. The period to file goods declaration may be extended for another fifteen days on valid grounds upon request. The order shall cover shipments with date of discharge of last package starting March 10, 2020.
Effective March 28, Department of Labor and Employment accommodation assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers residing outside National Capital Region, to ensure smooth repatriation upon their arrival at different ports.
All NOA of maritime vessels shall be submitted by local shipping agencies to the SOS office thru email. NOA should be electronically sent withing twenty-four (24) hours for Manila ports and within forty-eight (48) hours for sub-ports, prior to vessel’s actual arrival.
The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on operations of accommodation establishments during the enhanced community quarantine issued on 18 March 2020 states that no hotels, resorts, tourist inns, motels, and the like can operate, except those with the following. Only new bookings of these guests are allowed.
- Foreign guests with existing bookings under any accommodation establishment in the Philippines as of 17 March 2020.
- Long staying guests with existing bookings as of 17 March 2020; and
- Guests who are employees of neighboring basic establishments (e.g. supermarkets, hospitals, medical facilities, utility companies, BPOs, and the like).
Bureau of Immigration scales down Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) operations.
Basilan, Cotabato City
Effective March 22, the island province is under a “state of public health emergency” and not a lockdown.
Transport and Security: Public transport (land and sea) within the Batangas Province is still operational and shall serve passengers going to and from neighboring provinces for work, provided that:
- For Sea, public transport: passengers are cleared from triage by Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).
- For Sea, private transport: passengers are cleared from triage by Philippine Port Authority.
- For Sea and Land public transport, passengers shall provide proper identification and work ID as pre-requisite for issuance of ticket.
- Bureau of Immigration shall submit the list of incoming individuals from other countries daily to the Provincial Health Office.
- Transport of basic and lifeline commodities such as, but not limited to food, medicines, medical supplies, gas, fuel and like shall be hampered.
Suspension of all domestic air travel to and from the city. It shall exempt the cargo flights, medical evacuations (air ambulance), weather mitigation flights, maintenance flights, government and military flights and for emergency landing (all crews and passengers will not disembark as much as possible; if disembarkation is needed – crews and passengers will be contained in an isolation room in the airport) and recovery flights for expatriates.
City is under the enhanced community quarantine. Vehicles carrying cargoes such as maritime and agricultural products, grocery, supplies, medicines and medical supplies, LPG, hardware materials, and those similarly situated, may be allowed to enter
Effective March 15, 2020 (12 midnight) to April 14, 2020 domestic air, sea and land transport are suspended.
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will be allowed to travel to mainland China, except to Hubei Province, upon execution of a declaration signifying their knowledge and understanding of the risks involved.
Travel restrictions will be imposed on those traveling from countries with localized Covid-19 transmissions, except for Filipino citizens including their foreign spouse and children, holders of Permanent Resident Visa, and holders of 9(e) Diplomat Visas issued by the government.
Land, domestic air and domestic sea travel to and from the NCR shall be restricted. All workers, whether employed or self-employed, will be provisionally allowed to travel to and from the NCR, subject to review by the IATF if public health considerations warrants.
- All departing passengers shall be allowed transit through the NCR. Provided, that proof of confirmed international travel itinerary scheduled withing 12 hours from entry.
- The movement of cargoes to and from the NCR, or in such other places which may be the subject of a community quarantine, shall be unhampered.
- Inbound travelers from Iran and Italy are required to present a medical certificate issued by competent medical authorities within 48 hours, signifying that the traveler has tested negative to COVID-19.
Foreign vessels are banned from docking at any port in the Province of Siquijor until further notice.
Surigao Del Norte
- Travel ban to all incoming and outgoing domestic vessels.
- All incoming foreign vessels (regardless of nationality and the country of origin) will be banned to enter the province.
- An executive order no. 22 series of 2020, restricting the movement of people and goods in order to prevent the entry and spread of the COVID-19 in the province.
- All persons, regardless of their origin and mode of travel, are prohibited from entering the province of Oriental Mindoro.
- Delivery trucks, their drivers and helpers, shall only be allowed inside the port of Calapan City or Roxas while unloading the cargo.
- Fuel haulers can travel to their point of destination provided that drivers and helpers shall remain inside their vehicles.