The Philippine Airlines (PAL) sets entry restrictions as Covid-19 cases in the country continue to climb. (Grahame Hutchison | COMMONS)

The Philippine Airlines (PAL) has re-routed or cancelled flights arriving in Manila to either Clark or Cebu amid a surge in Covid-19 cases. 

According to PAL’a advisory, flights from Dammam and Doha will be re-routed to Cebu on March 26 to avoid flight cancellation. 

The Philippines has barred foreigners and limited travel arrivals from Mach 18 to April 19, 2021. 

In compliance with the regulations issued by the Philippine government, only the following travelers will be allowed to enter the country from March 22 to April 21, 2021:

  • Filipino citizens
  • dual citizens
  • non-Filipino spouses and children of Filipino nationals travelling with them
  • diplomats and members of international organizations, including dependents;
  • non-Filipino seafarers under “Green Lanes” program; and
  • emergency, humanitarian, and other cases

Those affected by the cancellation of flights have the option to convert to a travel voucher valid for two years, rebook with no rebooking fee, or refund with no penalty. 

“We have so far refunded more than 90% of the more than US$370 million (PHP17.8 billion) Covid-related refund requests,” PAL said in its Travel Advisory No. 158.

The option to land in Cebu, according to Philippine Airlines, is another solution being worked out to serve travelers who have urgent reasons to travel home to the Philippines.

Just 25% of PAL’s flights, both domestic and international, have been restored since the pandemic began. Hannah Beatrisse Oledan