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DFA urged Filipinos to avoid HK airport due to protests

Protest in HongKong. Reuters

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday advised Filipinos traveling or stopping over the territory to avoid the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

In an advisory, the DFA, through the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong, said it is monitoring the developments related to the ongoing protest actions there.

Filipino travelers who have no urgent business in Hong Kong should avoid HKIA as a destination or transit airport in the meantime.

On the other hand, Filipino travelers departing from Hong Kong are requested to contact their airlines at least five hours before their scheduled flights to check if their flights will push through.

The following are the air lines’ hotlines in Hong Kong:

Philippine Airlines: (+852) 2769.7123
Cebu Pacific: (+852) 3973.3800
Cathay Pacific: (+852) 2747.3333

The consulate also relayed the upcoming schedule of protests in Hong Kong:

August 17
Chater Garden, Central to Central
Government Offices, Admiralty
Hung Hom Pier to Sung Wong Toi Garden, Kowloon

August 18
Victora Park, Causeway Bay to Chater Road, Central

August 19
“Clean up MTR carriages”

August 25
Kwai Tiang Theatre, Kwai Chung to Tsuen Wan Park

“Filipinos are asked to avoid these areas during protests, and refrain from wearing clothing and/or carrying anything that could mistakenly identify them as part of the protest action,” the DFA said.

The consulate general said it is ready to provide assistance to Filipinos who may need it. The office can be contacted on its hotline at (+852) 9155-4023.

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