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    Quote Originally Posted by walkup
    BKK is the easiest and most straightforward option.
    Well clearly the Philippines outside of Manila is the easiest and most straightforward option if the purpose is to allow being in the Philippines. But it seems this would require a divorce.
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    so, the current plan is to go to Singapore / Malaysia for the 14 days preceeding my next trip to Manila, and Busan for the subsequent one (should there still be a need). I already had meetings planned for Singapore so Busan this trip was infeasible. Here's hoping nothing else changes in the next few weeks on the travel front......

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    Philippines has no intention of lifting the quarantine anytime soon, correct? I still might have to stay in HK this week, but I'm seriously thinking of having a quick staycation somewhere too. I'd need pretty good connection for my remote work though. BKK in lieu of Philippines would be my second option, albeit a bit pricier.


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    Quote Originally Posted by timonoj
    Philippines has no intention of lifting the quarantine anytime soon, correct? I still might have to stay in HK this week, but I'm seriously thinking of having a quick staycation somewhere too. I'd need pretty good connection for my remote work though. BKK in lieu of Philippines would be my second option, albeit a bit pricier.
    I haven't heard anything. I am picking up that the Foreign Affairs Dept wants to drop the ban partly to appease China. The Health Dept does not partly to appease public opinion. The interagency task force is more behind the DoH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hullexile
    I haven't heard anything. I am picking up that the Foreign Affairs Dept wants to drop the ban partly to appease China. The Health Dept does not partly to appease public opinion. The interagency task force is more behind the DoH.
    I struggle to understand the logic of continuing to ban Filipinos with work/residence permits from leaving to go back to China/Macau/HK. At least this element of the restrictions should be lifted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merchantms
    I struggle to understand the logic of continuing to ban Filipinos with work/residence permits from leaving to go back to China/Macau/HK. At least this element of the restrictions should be lifted.
    Because then do you ban them from coming home? That is my understanding. Or do you let them go then the public have to pay for their quarantine and possible treatment? What is the point of having an ongoing repatriation exercise while at the same time allowing them to go there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hullexile
    Because then do you ban them from coming home? That is my understanding. Or do you let them go then the public have to pay for their quarantine and possible treatment? What is the point of having an ongoing repatriation exercise while at the same time allowing them to go there?
    I thought Filipinos who return have to go into quarantine. Are they banned from returning completely?

    Philippines travel restrictions are excessive and I suspect the cost of quarantining people is less than the loss of income people are experiencing now. The policy is totally out of proportion to the number of cases and the general severity of the illness.
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    No, they're to be quarantined AFAIK. But in effect, that blocks most foreign workers to get back for their holidays, as they'd spent it all just staying quarantined...and then back to work. Unless they're allowed by their employers a full month holiday. But anyway the quarantine is effectively blocking them from going.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hullexile
    Because then do you ban them from coming home? That is my understanding. Or do you let them go then the public have to pay for their quarantine and possible treatment? What is the point of having an ongoing repatriation exercise while at the same time allowing them to go there?
    It would be easy to get anyone to sign a waiver if they come to HK. People should have choice; and accept any consequences that come with that choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HK_Katherine
    It would be easy to get anyone to sign a waiver if they come to HK. People should have choice; and accept any consequences that come with that choice.
    Not the way it has ever worked here. This is not a new system, way it has always been. There was until last week a ban on workers going to Kuwait. A collectivist culture not our individualistic culture.

    The payback is the care they get. Currently embassy staff are driving round Wuhan delivering food to Filipinos, they are always repatriated free, they are usually given funding if repatriated.

    I could work wherever I liked but I was told to sod off by the British Embassy when I needed help and when I was finally given help there was a hefty charge.

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