PHL suspends flights from UK over new variant of virus causing Covid-19


Flights from the United Kingdom (UK) will be suspended starting December 24, 12:01 am until December 31. This is after a new variant of SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), was detected in UK.

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved on Tuesday night, December 22, 2020, the temporary suspension of all flights from the United Kingdom (UK) starting December 24, 2020, 12:01AM until December 31, 2020,” Malacañang said in a statement.

It said that all passengers who have been in the UK within fourteen (14) days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines, including those merely in transit, are also temporarily restricted from entering the country for the same period.


“On the other hand, passengers already in transit from the UK and all those who have been to the UK within 14 days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines, who arrive before 12:01AM of December 24, 2020, shall not be subject to entry restriction but they would be required to undergo stricter quarantine and testing protocols,” it added.

“Such protocols include the observation of an absolute fourteen (14)-day quarantine period at the Athlete’s Village in the New Clark City, notwithstanding a negative RT-PCT test result,” the Palace said. “Outbound travel to the UK shall likewise be subject to the existing exit protocols of the Philippines and the UK. “