PH eases quarantine for vaccinated foreigners
No need for facility-based quarantine for fully-vaccinated foreigners and Filipinos upon arrival in the Philippines so long as they come from "green" countries, according to a report by Rappler.
This was announced by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) through Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a statement on Wednesday, October 13.
Starting Thursday, the following will be required of fully-vaccinated foreigners entering the Philippines from “green” countries and do not apply to tourists:
- A negative result in a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test within 72 hours prior to departure from their country of origin.
- Upon arrival in the Philippines, self-monitoring for any symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days.
The green countries as of October 8 are:
- American Samoa
- Burkina Faso
- Cayman Islands
- China (mainland)
- Republic of the Congo
- Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
- Federated States of Micronesia
- New Zealand
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Palau, Poland
- Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of Netherlands)
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Sierra Leone
- Sint Eustatius
- Cook Islands
- Marshall Islands
- North Korea
- Saint Helena
- Solomon Islands
Fully-vaccinated Filipinos can choose to take the same RT-PCR test as foreigners within 72 hours before departure and show a negative result, or choose to take the RT-PCR test at a quarantine facility upon their arrival in the Philippines and stay at the facility until they receive a negative result.
Facility-based quarantine is still required for the following Filipinos until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on their 5th day of quarantine:
- Partially vaccinated
- Individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified
- Those vaccinated but failed to comply with the test-before-travel requirements
Foreigners who fall into any of the above categories are required to secure hotel reservations for at least six days.
Unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated children traveling with their fully-vaccinated guardians must observe the quarantine protocols that correspond with their vaccination status. Their guardian will accompany them in the quarantine facility.
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