Since March 15, 2020, All land, domestic air, and sea travel have been suspended to and from Manila.
Therefore, special flights will be established for those tourists whose flights were suspended in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to the Department of Tourism (DOT), they will be transported to Manila or Clark International Airports before the outbound for international flights.
An estimated 3000 recovery flights for stranded foreign tourists are already mounted.
In addition to that, a scheduled flight starting March 19, 2020, has been initiated by the DOT for the tourists who are currently stranded on the island of Boracay.
Boncato stressed that “The airlines have ceased operations and Local Government Unit (LGU) have imposed quarantine measures, we have to go through these in order for us to safely bring them out”. He stated that the DOT, at its earliest time possible, is working on the special flights through the commercial planes.
Moreover, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, said that they will not allow any tourist to be stranded here in the Philippines.
The DOT, LGU, local airport staffs and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will assist on the recovery of flights, transportation, meals and accommodation for the tourist whose flights that is either domestic or international were suspended.
In case of the airlines that are not able to establish recovery flights on time, the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) will have the C- 130 planes on standby to assist the stranded passengers.