Malacañang announced that the government’s Covid-19 task force has approved the uniform travel protocols with Covid-19 testing and quarantine for travelers no longer mandatory for all local government units (LGUs).
Unless the LGU will make it a requirement, the Covid-19 testing for travelers is not mandatory. This is under Resolution No. 101 issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.
“Ang testing ay limitado lang po sa RT-PCR test,” Roque said. (Testing will be limited to RT-PCR test)
Travelers shall also no longer undergo quarantine unless they exhibit symptoms upon arrival at their destination as stated in the latest IATF resolution.
Roque said that when it comes to documentary requirements, the travel authority issued by the Joint Task Force Covid-19 Shield, and the health certificates, is no longer required.
“Authorized persons outside of residence (Apors) from national government agencies and their attached agencies, on the other hand, must provide their identification card, travel order, and travel itinerary. They must likewise pass symptom-screening at the ports of entry and exit,” Roque said.
Roque said that strict implementation of minimum health protocols will continue such as physical distancing and wearing of face masks as well as face shields.
“Clinical and exposure assessment shall be strictly implemented in all ports of entry and exit while health assessment of passengers, supervised by medical doctors, shall be mandatory upon entry in the port/terminal and exit at point of destination,” he added.
Roque furthermore said, when it comes to ports and terminals, they must have “sufficient quarantine/isolation facilities” and shall also have a referral system “wherein symptomatic travelers shall be transferred to quarantine/isolation facilities to enable the Bureau of Quarantine for airports, or local health officials for LGUs, to take over.”
“Further, all buses in Metro Manila bound for the provinces shall be required to use the Integrated Terminal Exchange as the central hub for transportation,” he continued.
“At the option of the LGUs, they may provide transportation for all travelers who are transiting from one LGU to another in cases of arrivals at air and seaports to their end-point destinations,” he added.