INBOUND international flights will remain suspended at all Philippine airports until May 9.
This means that no passenger will be allowed to enter the Philippines from abroad except for emergency situations, cargo flights, air ambulance and medical supplies flights, weather mitigation flights, maintenance flights, and sweeper flights for foreign nationals back home.
The directive is from the National Task Force Against COVID-19 which was implemented beginning yesterday, May 3.
This is to prevent the addition of arriving passengers who need to be quarantined in Metro Manila.
Currently, about 20, 000 repatriates are quarantined in Metro Manila or approximately 2, 000 daily arriving at the airport.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has also issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) suspending inbound international passenger / commercial flights to the Philippines for one week beginning yesterday morning.
Nine airports are covered by such NOTAM issued by CAAP including the Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Davao International Airport, Clark International Airport, Iloilo International Airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Zamboanga International Airport, Kalibo International Airport, Laoag International Airport, and Puerto Princesa International Airport.