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Philippines No Longer Require Facility-based Quarantine To Certain Travelers Arriving In The Country

By: Lyle Whatchamacalit

Starting Thursday, October 14, 2021 the Philippines will no longer require fully-vaccinated individuals both foreigners and returning Filipinos from doing facility-based quarantine after arriving from abroad if they test negative in Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Test three days (72 hours) before arrival in the country.

Philippines No Longer Require Facility-based Quarantine To Certain Travelers
Facility-based Quarantine No Longer Required To Certain Travelers From "Green" Countries

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced in a statement on Wednesday, October 13 via the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

"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."

The following "Green" Countries as of October 8 listed includes:

American Samoa, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Chad, China (mainland), Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Hungary, Madagascar, Mali, Federated States of Micronesia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Poland, Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of Netherlands), Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Sierra Leone, Sint Eustatius, Taiwan, Algeria, Bhutan, Cook Islands, Eritrea, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Nicaragua, Niue, North Korea, Saint Helena, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tokelau, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, and Yemen.

For travelers failing to secure a Negative RT-PCR Test Result prior to their arrival in the Philippines, they may choose to take the RT-PCR Test at a Quarantine Facility upon their arrival in the Philippines and will be required to stay at the facility until they receive a negative result.

Filipino travelers who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or those individuals whose vaccination status/record cannot be independently verified, as well as those vaccinated but failed to comply with the test-before-travel requirements are still required for a Facility-based Quarantine until the release of a Negative RT-PCR Test taken on their 5th Day of quarantining.

Foreign travelers who fall into any of the above categories are required to secure hotel reservations for at least six (6) 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 their respective quarantine facility.

Upon arrival in the Philippines, all travelers are also required to self-monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days.

Vaccination status of Filipino travelers can be validated using the Digital Certificate, Bureau of Quarantine/World Health Organization-issued (WHO) International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV), or the National Digital Certificate issued by the government of the country where they were vaccinated.

Foreign nationals who are traveling to the Philippines can also validate their vaccination status through their WHO-issued ICV or their respective National Digital Certificate of the foreign government which has accepted the VaxCertPH under a reciprocal agreement.

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