No air travel if lacks documentation: IATF

The Negros Oriental Inter-Agency Task Force for the management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (NOIATF-EID) has reiterated its request to airlines not to sell tickets to passengers if they lack documents that local governments require as precaution against the coronavirus pandemic.

Most local government units (LGUs) in the province require the locally stranded individuals (LSIs) or returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) other documents like a letter of acceptance or coordination from the LGU and RT-PCR negative result.

With that, Dumaguete City’s IATF again reminded passengers whose ultimate destination is Dumaguete City to comply with the requirements before purchasing a plane ticket, namely: Medical Clearance Certificate issued by the City/Municipal Health Office of the place of origin, Travel Authority issued by the JTF CV Shield (Philippine National Police), Negative RT-PCR test result (valid 72 hours after test result release date), Certificate of Acceptance from the city, and to undergo 14-day quarantine upon arrival in a facility designated for the purpose.

For now, only four flights a week are currently allowed to land at the Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport as a means to effectively monitor the entry of LSIs, OFWs, ROFs and Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR).

Provincial Tourism Officer Myla Mae Abellana disclosed the schedule as follows:

  • Every Tuesday and Friday (Philippine Airlines)
  • Every Wednesday and Thursday (Cebu Pacific)

Abellana also reminded that it should be the family member or relative of the LSI who should purchase the ticket here so that it will be easier for coordination and be in the priority list of the LGU.