By J. Jala | 08:57 AM December 23, 2020
United Kingdom. Photo: Heathrow Airport

All flights from the United Kingdom to the Philippines are suspended starting Dec. 24 amid reports of a new coronavirus strain, Malacañang announced Wednesday morning.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said President Duterte approved the proposal by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on Tuesday night.

The temporary travel ban will last until Dec. 31, Roque said.

“All passengers who have been in the UK within 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,” the Palace official said.

Passengers already in transit from the UK and all those who have been to the European country within 14 days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines, who arrive before 12:01 a. m. of December 24, 2020, will not be subject to entry restriction but they would be required to undergo stricter quarantine and testing protocols.

“Outbound travel to the UK shall likewise be subject to the existing exit protocols of the Philippines and the UK,” Roque said.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced stricter restrictions in his country after experts found a more infectious strain of coronavirus, believed to be a more infectious strain of the coronavirus disease.

Almost immediately, several countries imposed a travel ban on the United Kingdom, including Canada, Italy, Turkey, Switzerland, and Germany.

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