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OFWs to Undergo Rapid Testing Upon Arrival, the ‘New Normal’ in Travel Industry

Repatriated overseas Filipino workers will now have to undergo a thorough nine-step, 14-day process upon arrival.
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Travel is no longer what it once was. Repatriated overseas Filipino workers will now have to undergo a thorough nine-step, 14-day process upon arrival. Called the One Stop Shop (OSS), the process includes thermal scanning, health declaration forms, rapid testing, and a 14-day quarantine at one of the government’s numerous isolation facilities.

On April 25, returning OFWs from Milan and Maldives experience the OSS first-hand as hundreds were guided through the rigorous rapid testing process. They are currently being isolated at the World Trade Center for mandatory quarantine. This is the second batch of OFWs at the World Trade Center as the first were OFWs from Abu Dhabi that arrived on April 24.

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According to the Department of Transportation, returning OFWs must undergo the following steps before they can go home:

A multi-agency effort, OSS is the joint project of the Department of Transportation, Department of Tourism, Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime Industry Authority, Office of Transportation Security, Manila International Airport Authority, Department of Foreign Affairs, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine National Police, and Bureau of Quarantine. 

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