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Health Alert: Philippines, Enhanced Community Quarantine Extended Until May 15

Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Manila (April 24, 2020)

Location:  The Philippines


Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) Extended Until May 15, 2020:  


Based on the Inter-Agency Task Force's recommendation, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced the ECQ extension for the following high-risk administrative regions, provinces, or areas until May 15, 2020: 

  • The National Capital Region,
  • Region III (Central Luzon),
  • Region IV-A (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon - CALARBAZON),
  • The province of Pangasinan,
  • The province of Benguet,
  • The island of Mindoro,
  • The province of Albay, and
  • The island of Catanduanes.


The ECQ is also now effective until May 15 in the following, which are also considered high-risk areas:

  • The island of Panay (Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, and Capiz),
  • The island of Cebu (Cebu Province and Cebu City), and
  • The provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro, and Davao City.

Provinces or areas which are considered moderate- and low-risk in the spread of COVID-19 will be placed under a general community quarantine starting on May 1, 2020.

Please continue to monitor the Embassy's COVID-19 Information page, which also includes information on operational hotels, Philippine visas and the Bureau of Immigration, the Philippine Retirement Authority, and car rentals.

Actions to Take:

  • Contact the airlines and contacts directly for reservations and updated information.
  • Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Monitor local news for updates.
  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 here for information on conditions in the Philippines.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
  • Consult resources below as necessary:

·                    Philippine Department of Health (DOH)

·                    Philippine Department of Health (FAQs)

·                    Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI)

·                    Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA)

·                    Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

·                    Philippine Department Of Interior and Local Government

·                    Philippine Department of Tourism 

·                    COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov

·                    CDC page on COVID-19

·                    Philippines Travel Advisory

·                    Philippines Country Information Page


U.S. Embassy in the Philippines

1201 Roxas Boulevard

+63(2) 5301-2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(63)(2) 5301-2000. 



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