TRAVELERS who are not fully vaccinated against coronavirus will not be allowed to board flights to and from Metro Manila starting Jan. 17, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced Sunday. 

The policy is in line with the Transportation department’s order issued last week banning unvaccinated individuals from public transport services. 

It “will be applied to all individuals entering CAAP-operated facilities and to domestic passengers traveling to and from the National Capital Region (NCR) via any domestic or foreign air operator,” the agency said in a statement.

CAAP operates most airports nationwide except the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

The rule will be in effect until NCR is under Alert Level 3 or higher.

Full vaccination is defined as two weeks after receiving the 2nd jab for a two-dose vaccine or a single-dose brand.

“In a time as sensitive as a pandemic, prioritizing safety is a must. CAAP believes that the DoTr’s ‘No Vaccination, No Ride’ policy will reinforce the importance of ensuring that public spaces such as airport terminals and aircraft remain as safe spaces for everyone that utilizes them,” CAAP Director General Captain Jim C. Sydiongco said. — Marifi S. Jara