November 10, 2021

AirAsia PH to resume HK, SG flights for OFWs this Dec

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  • AirAsia Philippines will resume flights in Singapore and Hong Kong to bring home returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) this December.

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    “Hong Kong and Singapore have always been key markets for AirAsia primarily because of the number of OFWs present in these economic hubs. This is why we are very much excited to kickstart the return of our international flights with these routes,” said AirAsia Philippines spokesperson Steve Dailisan.

    Starting Dec 4, its weekly Manila-Singapore flight will depart Manila every Saturday at 8:00 a.m. while a return flight will depart Changi Airport at 12:25 p.m.

    On the other hand, a bi-weekly Manila-Hong Kong flight is scheduled on Sundays starting Dec 5 at 8:35 a.m. The return flight will leave Hong Kong at 11:55 a.m. and is expected to land in Manila at 2 p.m.

    Passengers bound for Hong Kong must present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the flight schedule. They must also present a vaccination record recognized by the government of Hong Kong; a confirmation of room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel (DQH) or designated quarantine facility (DQF) for not less than 21 nights.

    Further, they are required to undergo testing for COVID-19 upon arrival in Hong Kong.

    On the other hand, passengers going to Singapore must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to flight schedule and are required to undergo RT-PCR test upon arrival in the city-state. They are also required to observe a 10-day stay-home notice (SHN) and take an antigen rapid test on Days 3 and 7 of SHN. An RT-PCR test must be taken on the 10th day of the quarantine.

    Effective Nov. 1, all Work Pass holders, Student’s Pass holders, their dependents, and holders of an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter must be fully vaccinated upon entering Singapore. They are also required to submit the Singapore Arrival Card (SGAC) with Electronic Health Declaration (eHDC) before arrival.

    Since Hong Kong is categorized under the green list countries, fully vaccinated passengers bound for the Philippines will no longer be required to undergo quarantine but they must present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to their departure.

    Fully vaccinated travelers from Singapore which is under the yellow list will be required to undergo a five-day quarantine until the release of their RT-PCR test. They will then be allowed to finish their quarantine at home.

    All passengers arriving in the Philippines should download the Traze Contact Tracing App. Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated, and those vaccinated but failed to comply with the test-before-travel requirements, shall undergo 14 days of quarantine, six of which shall be observed at an accredited hotel or facility, and the remaining days to be completed at their home.

    The labor department reported that as of June 2021, there are 165,000 and 30,00 OFWs in Hong Kong and Singapore, respectively.

    Source: AirAsia

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