Governor wants assurances that incoming tourists have tested negative for COVID-19

(PNC photo by Allan Balbin)

If on July 1, as currently planned, the mandatory 14-day quarantine is lifted for tourists from South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero says she still wants assurances that travelers from those countries have tested negative for COVID-19 before they board flights here to Guam.

The Governor last week announced her intention to lift restrictions on visitors from those three Asian nations by July 1, provided that the low-to-no trend of positive cases on Guam continues. And once that happens, she said the plan is not to conduct any testing on arrival for visitors from those countries.

That raised concerns from some including Senator Pedo Terlaje, among others, who said we are opening ourselves up to a greater risk of a second wave without testing visitors before they arrive.

However, during an interview with K57’s Patti Arroyo yesterday, the governor said she is working with the airlines to require testing before boarding.

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“We are working with the airlines to require that they show some kind of testing. Which would be good also because if they had any positive testing then they can’t board the airline,” the governor said.

Philippine Airlines has announced plans to resume flights to Guam by June 14th. Jeju Air and Korean Airlines are contemplating a resumption of flights to Guam on July 1.