Stranded Chinese fly home to China

February 03, 2020

FINALLY, Chinese nationals stranded at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were able to return to their country on a China Southern Airlines flight back to Guangzhou, China yesterday.

The Chinese visitors were unable to return home after Philippine Airlines (PAL) Cebu Pacific (CEB) and Air Asia Zest canceled their flights to and from China, Hong Kong and Macau due to the new coronavirus (2010-nCov ARD).

China Southern flight CZ 3091 using Airbus 787 arrived at the NAIA terminal 1 around 10:30 a.m. with Filipino passengers and picked up Chinese passengers who were stranded due to flight cancelations.

Cebu Pacific Chinese passengers were brought to NAIA terminal 1 to board the CZ flight back to Guangzhou.

Thousands of incoming passengers mostly Chinese and several French, Dutch, Canadian and other foreign nationals were not allowed to enter the country after Malacanang issued Sunday a directive preventing the arrival of foreign passengers who came from China, Hong Kong and Macau.

PAL and CEB flights to and from mainland China (Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzen) remain cancelled until March 29, 2020. 

All foreign nationals [except those with valid Permanent Resident Visas to the Philippines] who have visited mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau 14 days before traveling to the Philippines will not be allowed to check-in for their return flight.

Passengers traveling from the Philippines to mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau until March 31, 2020, have the option of rebooking their flights to a new travel date within 30 days of original travel date, refunding their tickets in full or storing the value of the ticket in a Travel Fund for future use.  

All Filipinos and Permanent Residents of the Philippines, arriving from international flights who have been to mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau in the last 14 days prior to arrival in the Philippines will be required to undergo a home quarantine process upon arrival and will be monitored by BOQ personnel.