November 9, 2021

AirAsia PH will resume flights to Hong Kong and Singapore for OFWs and business travelers

In December, AirAsia Philippines will resume flights to and from Singapore and Hong Kong, but solely for OFWs and business visitors.

“The restart of these flights is still restricted to emergency travel only. We hope that as Covid-19 instances decline and the vaccination campaign continues to improve, leisure travel will be permitted and border restrictions for Filipinos will be abolished in the first quarter of 2022 “Steve Dailisan, a spokeswoman for AirAsia Philippines, told the Philippine News Agency.

Beginning December 4, its weekly Manila-Singapore route will leave Manila at 8:00 a.m. every Saturday, with a return flight departing Changi Airport at 12:25 p.m.

On the other hand, starting December 5 at 8:35 a.m., a bi-weekly Manila-Hong Kong flight will be available. The return flight is scheduled to depart Hong Kong at 11:55 a.m. and arrive in Manila at 2 p.m.

Passengers flying to Hong Kong must show documentation of a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test performed within 72 hours of the scheduled trip (including documentary proofs that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO 15189 accredited or government-recognized).

They must also show proof of vaccination authorized by the Hong Kong government, as well as confirmation of a room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel (DQH) or designated quarantine facility (DQF) for at least 21 nights.

In addition, upon arrival in Hong Kong, they must undertake Covid-19 testing.

Those going for Singapore, on the other hand, must provide a negative RT-PCR test result obtained within 48 hours of the flight schedule and must undergo an RT-PCR test upon arrival in Singapore.

They must also comply with a 10-day stay-at-home notice (SHN) and submit to an antigen fast test on Days 3 and 7 of the SHN. On day 10 of SHN, an RT-PCR test is required.

All Work Pass holders, Student Pass holders, their families, and holders of an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter must be fully vaccinated before entering Singapore from November 1. They must also submit the Singapore Arrival Card (SGAC) together with the Electronic Health Declaration (eHDC) prior to arrival.

In the meanwhile, because Hong Kong is on the green list, fully vaccinated individuals flying to the Philippines will no longer be subjected to quarantine, but will be required to provide a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight.

Fully vaccinated travelers arriving from Singapore on the yellow list will be subjected to a five-day quarantine until their RT-PCR test results are available. They’ll be able to finish their quarantine at home after that.

The Traze Contact Tracing App should be downloaded by all passengers arriving in the Philippines. Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated, as well as those who have been vaccinated but have failed to comply with the test-before-travel requirements, must be quarantined for 14 days, six of which must be spent in an accredited hotel or facility and the remaining days completed at home.

While AirAsia Philippines remains cautiously optimistic about the resumption of foreign flights, Dailisan stated the airline is totally committed to post-pandemic recovery.

He stated that serving Hong Kong and Singapore routes is critical to opening other significant markets in the Asean region.

“We believe that by this point, AirAsia passengers have absorbed the safety culture. This is critical as we transition to a “better normal.” We can’t let our guard down, but we can put our travel worries to rest now that multi-layered approaches to safety have been implemented and will be strictly enforced across all touchpoints “Dailisan remarked.

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