Philippine Airlines (PAL) is determined to offer help to overseas Filipino workers, mounting a series of flights to help bring them home. 

The flag carrier has organized new return-home flights for Filipinos stranded in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which will be undertaken in the next two weeks. 

These trips are scheduled on the following dates: 

  • Kuala Lumpur to Davao (August 16); 
  • Bangkok to Manila (August 17); 
  • Dubai to Manila (August 18); 
  • Kuala Lumpur to Manila (August 21); 
  • Jakarta to Manila (August 22); and 
  • Dubai to Manila (August 22).

PAL SVP and Chief Strategy and Planning Officer Dexter Lee thanked the government for allowing them to help OFWs stuck in foreign countries and for cooperating with their initiative. 

“We thank the Philippine government for giving the national carrier another avenue to assist our stranded countrymen. We will be mounting several more special commercial flights or ‘Bayanihan flights’ in the coming day,” Lee said

Before this new batch of Bayanihan flights, PAL also organized six similar trips back in late in July and early August. 

Apart from the mentioned Bayanihan flights, PAL is also conducting repatriation flights in the Middle East and Asia, special flights from London, Australia, New Zealand, and regular scheduled services from Japan, Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taipei, Indonesia, Guam, the United States, and Canada.

According to PAL, only Philippine passport holders are allowed to board the Bayanihan flights. They’re also required to present a valid negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure from the concerned foreign city, and must undergo a second RT-PCR test after the first 7 days of quarantine in the Philippines.

Passengers must present the One Health Pass QR code before aircraft boarding. All travelers should register with the Bureau of Quarantine e-Health declaration card including children.

All passengers will be subjected to a 14-day stringent facility-based quarantine upon arrival in the Philippines—in line with the Philippine government’s current health protocols for Bayanihan flights. 

The cost of the quarantine hotel stay and the RT-PCR tests on the 7th day of OFWs will be shouldered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration or the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) while returning overseas Filipinos will cover their hotel and RT-PCR test costs.

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