‘No vax, no entry’ rule set in Cagayan Valley airports
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines — Unvaccinated passengers and visitors are barred from entering airports in Cagayan Valley following a spike in COVID-19 cases in the region, an official of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) said on Monday.
In an advisory, Mary Sulyn Sagorsor, Caap-Tuguegarao area manager, said the “no vaccination card, no entry” policy had been enforced in airports in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela and Batanes this week as precaution against the rapid spread of COVID-19.The move was in compliance with a memorandum issued by the Department of Transportation on Jan. 11, which was adopted by Caap, restricting the movement of people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19.
Sagorsor said passengers with medical conditions that prevent them from getting vaccinated were exempted from the restriction as long as they could provide proof.
Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated guests would only be allowed inside the airports if they could submit negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results, which should be taken 48 hours before entering the airports, Sagorsor added.
She said all airport workers, including security personnel, in Cagayan Valley had been fully vaccinated.
Flights in the region have been limited to interisland trips after Caap suspended flights to Metro Manila, which is also experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
—VILLAMOR VISAYA JR.
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