Philippine Consulate to arrange direct flights for stranded Filipino nationals

The Philippine Consulate General announced today that a special direct Philippine Airlines flights will be arranged starting from next week to help Filipino residents stranded in Macau to return to the country.

‘The Philippine Consulate General received requests for repatriation from members of the community in Macau SAR. A special direct PAL flight could be arranged a week from now Macau-Manila on a regular commercial rate,’ the Consulate noted.

The Philippines residents were asked to complete a survey so as to assist the Consulate to decide how many flights will be arranged.

Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Philippines authorities have imposed several travel restrictions, with passengers who have been in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter the country.

However, this does not apply to nationals of the Philippines, who are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their arrival into the Philippines.

Nevertheless, the measure has impacted tourists and workers from the country, with about 300 Philippines nationals estimated to be stranded in Macau.