By J. Jala | 10:50 PM April 02, 2021
Travelers from the Philippines will no longer be allowed to enter the United Kingdom starting next week.
UK envoy to the Philippines Daniel Pruce in a video posted to social media said the new restrictions will take effect at 4:00 UK time —11:00 a.m. Philippine time — on April 9, Friday.
Pruce said only British nationals, Irish nationals, or third-country nationals, including Filipinos, with residence rights in the UK will be exempt from the ban.
Travelers from the Philippines, or who transited through the Philippines in the preceding 10 days, but are exempt from the ban will have to undergo hotel quarantine.
Pruce added that the British embassy is still awaiting confirmation from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on whether they will also adopt the same measures.
On its website, the UK government said the Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh were added to England’s red list “to protect the country against new variants of coronavirus.”
Earlier Friday, Ireland added the Philippines, along with 25 other countries, to the list of states subject to mandatory hotel quarantine on arrival due to Covid-19.