February 15 ------ Even if you did not come from China, you will be required to fill up and submit a public health declaration form before you board a flight bound for the United States. This is according to a Philippine Airlines (PAL) advisory posted on Monday (Feb. 10) for its U.S.-bound passengers. PAL told its U.S.-bound passengers “to accomplish a Public Health Declaration Form which must be submitted to our airport personnel to complete the check-in process for your flight to the U.S.A.”
“These declaration forms are a new regulatory requirement of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” the airline explained. “All foreign carriers are required to collect and submit the forms along with certain data regarding passengers and crew to the U.S. authorities, as part of a public health reporting system. Rest assured that all information required will be used only in accordance with applicable laws,” PAL added. “We seek your kind understanding and cooperation as we carry out this new procedure, along with other required screening procedures prior to check-in, all of which are intended for your safety,” PAL told its passengers.