New travel protocols for Filipino and Foreign Travelers entering the Philippines

New travel protocols for Filipino and Foreign Travelers entering the Philippines

The Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) updated its quarantine and testing protocols for Filipino and foreign travelers coming from green, yellow, and red list territories, effective on November 22, 2021.

According to the Malacañang, fully vaccinated travelers from the “yellow list” countries will now have a shorter quarantine period, from the previous five days of hotel quarantine to only three days.

However, Palace spokesman Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a press briefing that the IATF has yet to decide whether to open the Philippines for international tourists for leisure activities.

They said that only foreigners with certain types of business and diplomatic visas are permitted entry.

Below are the new rules that will apply to start November 22:

Travelers from Green List countries

Fully Vaccinated Filipinos

Fully vaccinated Filipinos have two options; they may choose to obtain a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours before they depart from their country of origin or undergo the RT-PCR testing here in the Philippines.

If travelers have a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours before departing from the country abroad, no facility-based quarantine nor on-arrival RT-PCR test is required.

If travelers don’t have a negative RT-PCR test result before departure, they must undergo an on-arrival RT-PCR test along with a facility-based quarantine until a negative test result is released. After leaving quarantine, individuals must self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms until the 14th day from the arrival date.

Fully Vaccinated Foreigners

The IATF requires fully vaccinated foreigners to prepare a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours from the country of origin.

  • Upon arrival, they are no longer required to undergo a facility-based quarantine nor take an RT-PCR test. But, individuals must self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms until the 14th day from the arrival date.

Unvaccinated, Partially Vaccinated

For the unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or those whose vaccination status cannot be verified or travelers who failed to comply with the test-before-travel requirements, they must:

  • Undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of a negative RT-PCR test result.
  • They must take the RT-PCR test on the fifth day after arrival, with the day of arrival counted as day one.
  • After leaving the quarantine facility, they must self-monitor until the 14th day from the arrival date.

Travelers from Yellow List countries

Fully Vaccinated Filipinos and Foreigners

Fully vaccinated travelers from yellow list territories will have to present a negative pre-departure test taken within 72 hours before departing from the country abroad.

If travelers have a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours, they will undergo a facility-based quarantine, with an RT-PCR test done on the 3rd day (date of arrival counted as day one). Once a negative result comes out, they’ll be released. They must then self-monitor for symptoms up to the 14th day after arrival.

If they fail to present a negative pre-departure RT-PCR test, they must undergo facility-based quarantine, with an RT-PCR test done on the fifth day (date of arrival counted as day one). Once a negative result comes out, they’ll be released. After that, they must do home quarantine until the 10th day from their arrival.

Unvaccinated, Partially Vaccinated

For the unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or those whose vaccination status cannot be verified or travelers who failed to comply with the test-before-travel requirements, they must:

  • Undergo a facility-based quarantine, with an RT-PCR test done on the seventh day (arrival day counts as day one). They’ll be released once a negative result comes out. They must then home quarantine until the 14th day after arrival.

Minors

Meanwhile, Minors will do the testing and quarantine protocols of the parent or guardian traveling with them regardless of the minor’s vaccination status and country of origin.

Travelers from Red List Countries

No passenger from red list territories shall be allowed to enter the Philippines unless they are Filipinos who will be returning via any of the following channels:

  • Government-initiated repatriation
  • Non-government-initiated repatriation
  • Bayanihan Flights

Passengers who will be allowed to return will have to undergo a 10-day facility-based quarantine.


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