The Department of Health (DOH) is not ardent on implementing travel restrictions on countries where the South African variant of COVID-19 has been detected.
Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said, “right now, we do not see the need to restrict (our borders) to any countries with new variant. We have just lifted out travel ban.”
Vergeire noted that the Philippines “cannot remain to be on lockdown or restricted or isolated… forever” as “the virus is inter-zonal, inter-country.”
She continued that the government has determined that imposing restrictions on the country’s borders is no longer rational.
According to Vergeire that what the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has decided, based on the recommendation of experts, is that "when it comes to quarintine, isolation and testing of travelers, more stringent protocols are needed."
She reassured that the government will not sit back and relax efforts to prevent the entry of new variants into the Philippines.