DOTr Releases Guidelines for Air Travel in Areas under GCQ

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) has released all guidelines for all the areas under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ). The GCQ is a more "relaxed" version of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) or a lockdown, in order to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

The following are the guidelines are rules as posted by the DOTr on its Facebook page:

Summary of the IATF/DOTr Guidelines for the Aviation transport sector in areas under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

The following flights are allowed to operate for areas under GCQ:
1) Government and military flights;
2) International flights subject to existing IATF-EID/BOQ protocols;
3) Air ambulance and medical supplies;
4) Flight check and weather mitigation flights;
5) Maintenance and utility flights;
6) Emergency flights; domestic flights coming to and from provinces and cities under GCQ, subject to required airport clearances and flight plan approvals, as maybe applicable; and
7) Other flights ( as approved by IATF-EID).
Wearing of face mask, face shield or other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), is compulsory for ALL individuals, and ONLY passengers with VALID travel documents shall be allowed entering the airport premises. Also, checking of body temperature is mandatory upon entry.

SOCIAL DISTANCING measures shall be strictly observed inside the airport premises.

Security procedures shall be done through "no contact means" but not limited to the use of walk through x-ray machines, portable scanners, handheld metal detectors, and the likes, effectively limiting close contact security screening by means of pat down/manual frisking to exceptional instances/situations.

The regulation covering the maximum allowable hand carried bags/items shall be strictly implemented.

In addition, COVID-19 Rapid Testing facilities shall be installed in all airports, and will be managed by qualified healthcare providers.

Disinfecting facilities shall be established in terminals and equipped with alcohol and/or soap. Foot baths shall also be installed in all entry and exit points of passengers and airport personnel, including boarding bridges and/or similar areas for passenger embarkation/disembarkation to and from the aircraft. Moreover, all airport facilities and equipment, including lavatories, frequently touched surfaces, wheelchairs, trolleys, countertops, etc., shall be regularly disinfected and sanitized.

Safety precaution posters and other health guidelines shall be displayed at the noticeable places in airports. Also, alert bulletins shall be made through airport flight information display systems, and through public announcements.
Digital enablers (websites/Mob Apps/On-ground Kiosk) and communication, as well as education programs through social media, shall be maximized to inform and engage with passengers.

All passengers that are departing and arriving shall be required to electronically fill-out Health Declaration and Passenger Locator Forms.

Summary of the IATF/DOTr Guidelines for the Aviation transport sector in areas under the General Community Quarantine...
Posted by Ninoy Aquino International Airport MIAA on Saturday, May 2, 2020

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