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What does travel from Philippines to Hong Kong look like during times of COVID-19

Flying from the Philippines to Hong Kong

The Manila International airport is the only international airport currently operating in the Philippines. Domestic travel and local transportation are also limited and travel between provinces may be restricted.

  • Philippine Airlines (PAL) the flag carrier of the Philippines has issued an appeal for all travellers to be aware of changing restrictions from the local and international governments: HERE. There are different regulations between local government units (LGUs) in the Philippines that are affecting travel as well.

Flights are much more expensive than usual and may have changes with short notice. Please check directly with your airline for updated information.

Testing in the Philippines for COVID-19

  • Read more on this and quarantine requirements in Hong Kong: HERE

Declaration form before travel out of the Philippines

To travel to HK, domestic helpers will need to fill up a declaration letter. This form says that the helper understands the situation and the risks involved with the coronavirus in Hong Kong, and wishes to travel to Hong Kong voluntarily.

The Declaration Form is available at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the POEA counter at the Airport, and at Agencies. The POEA recommends having 3 copies of the appropriate form.

See copy of the form: HERE

This Form has a notary sign-off at the bottom which can be done by:

  • A POEA administrator at the POEA counter at the airport, for free.
  • Or a public notary. Google map results for Public Notaries in Manila: here

Arrival at Hong Kong Airport

All travellers will go through a health declaration, testing, and set up for quarantine. Read more: HERE


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Last updated on July 21st, 2020