Quarantine for arriving passengers begins

Scanning at the Guam airport (PNC file photo)

The implementation of quarantine for all incoming passengers from the Philippines has begun.

The passengers on this morning’s United flight from Manila were the first to be subject to the quarantine ordered by the governor and put into effect today.

According to three sources familiar with operations at the airport, 111 people who arrived at the Guam International Airport this morning agreed to “self-quarantine.”

They were aboard United Flight 189 from Manila that arrived at 4:05 a.m.

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They were asked and voluntarily agreed to abide by the 14-day quarantine at their homes or hotels.

The governor today ordered the immediate implementation of the COVID-19 Mandatory Quarantine Protocol that requires all travelers from the Philippines to secure a COVID-19 test within 72 hours before they arrive on Guam.

The travelers must test negative and they must present proof of that negative test to Guam customs before they are allowed entry into Guam.

Any traveler who fails to produce a valid health document proving they are free of the virus will be asked to voluntarily comply with the quarantine. If they refuse they may be subjected to enforced mandatory compliance.

Guam Customs & Quarantine Agency and the Department of Public Health and Social Services are responsible for implementing the quarantine. They are authorized to call upon the assistance of local law enforcement if necessary, to enforce it.

Guam Customs and Quarantine has called in extra personnel tonight and Thursday night to handle the expected influx of passengers arriving from Manila following Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to order all foreigners to leave the Philippines by midnight Friday, March 20.

This order has since been canceled by the Philippine government which lifted the ban on international travel this afternoon.