PH now permits rapid antigen testing as an entry requirement for travelers

PH now permits rapid antigen testing as an entry requirement for travelers

Rapid Antigen test results are now permitted to use as part of the entry requirements for travelers coming into the Philippines starting yesterday, April 6, the Malacañang said.

On Thursday, April 7, Presidential Spokesperson Martin Andanar said that the  Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) allowed the use of a negative result from a healthcare professional-supervised antigen test last night.

“The IATF on Wednesday night allowed the use of rapid antigen tests for entry requirements in the Philippines as long as they are administered and certified by a healthcare professional in a healthcare facility, laboratory, clinic, pharmacy, or other similar establishments from the country of origin of the traveler,” Andanar said, based on the report by Inquirer.

Previously, the IATF only approved the use of a negative result from RT-PCR testing taken 48 hours before departure for inbound fully vaccinated travelers as an entry requirement for those entering the country.

The government has also scrapped the quarantine mandate last February to spur tourism.

Andanar added that the vaccine certificates of Bangladesh, Mexico, Panama, and the Slovak Republic are now recognized by the Philippines.

On April 1, the country reopened its borders to tourists, regardless of nationality. However, immigration requirements still apply to travelers from non-visa-free countries.

(Inquirer)


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