The following are the official omnibus guidelines to be followed in areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and General Community Quarantine (GCQ) regarding interzonal travel, as released by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IAT-EID) and announced in a live press briefing by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque today, April 30, 2020.
This shall apply to the transit of people and goods from
- an ECQ area to a GCQ area, and vice versa, and
- an area not under community quarantine to a GCQ or ECQ area, and vice versa. In the case of transit across localities in the same community quarantine setup, such as transits will be treated as movements within a single GCQ or ECQ zone.
- The non-essential entry and exit of people to and from the ECQ zone shall be prohibited, except:
- health workers,
- government officials and government frontline personnel,
- those traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons,
- persons transiting to the airport for travel abroad,
- workers in permitted establishments and persons providing essential goods and services and public utilities,
- essential skeletal workforce,
- repatriated OFWs and non-OFWs returning to their residences, and
- other persons transported through the efforts of the national government upon conduct of the necessary quarantine protocols and in concurrence with the receiving LGUs;
- The movement of all types of cargoes by land, air, or sea within and across areas placed under ECQ or GCQ shall be unhampered. Workers in the logistics sector, such as cargo, trucking, and port operations shall likewise be allowed to transit across areas placed under ECQ or GCQ. All LGUs are directed to strictly abide by this national policy. Provided, that only a maximum of five (5) personnel may operate per cargo and delivery vehicles by land, with or without load.LGUs and local health units (LHUs) are hereby enjoined not to issue orders not contrary to or inconsistent with the said directive, such as but not limited to requiring asymptomatic drivers and crew of cargo or service delivery vehicles to undergo mandatory fourteen (14)-day home quarantine. Provided, further, that strict social distancing measures must be strictly observed, which may include, if necessary, the putting up of additional safe and humane seats or space in the vehicles. Provided, finally, that the PNP retains its authority to conduct inspection procedures in checkpoints for the purpose of ensuring that protocols on strict home quarantine are observed.
- Land, air, or sea travel by uniformed personnel and government officials and employees for official business, with the corresponding travel authority, especially those transporting medical supplies and laboratory specimens related to COVID-19, and other relief and humanitarian assistance, shall be allowed.
- OFWs, permanent residents of foreign jurisdictions, and stranded foreign nationals may leave for abroad through any of the airports or seaports in areas placed under ECQ or GCQ without any impediment. Provided that this provision shall not be interpreted to allow outbound travel by Filipinos to countries where travel restrictions are in place. Provided, further, that departing passengers may be accompanied by not more than one (1) person when traveling to any international port, who shall be allowed to return to his/her point of origin.
- Repatriated OFWs or returning non-OFWs who have been issued a DOH or LGU certificate of completion of fourteen (14)-day facility-based quarantine, or those who may be required to undergo a mandatory fourteen (14)-day home quarantine shall be granted unhampered transit across zones en route to their final destination in the Philippines. For this purpose, LGUs are enjoined to allow maritime vessels or aircraft transporting the aforementioned OFWs and non-OFWs to dock or land at their ports of destination.