Philippines Gov’t allows overseas workers to return to Macau and HK

The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has today announced that overseas Filipino workers will be exempted from its Covid-19 related travel restrictions and be allowed to return to Macau and Hong Kong, CNN Philippines reported.

The exemption was revealed in a tweet by the DFA Undersectary Bridigo Dulay, with thousands of Filipino overseas workers were left stranded after President Rodrigo Duterte imposed a travel ban to Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau on February 2.

As of the end of last year, there were 33,781 workers from the Philippines employed in Macau.

The epidemic has also led the Philippines to bar passengers who have been in mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 14 days from entering the country.

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 country.