The IATF released new guidelines for arriving passengers from green, yellow and red listed countries to block the Omicron variant

The IATF released new guidelines for arriving passengers from green, yellow and red listed countries to block the Omicron variant

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) updated the guidelines for international passengers from green and yellow listed countries coming to the Philippines in all ports of entry, which is effective today, December 3.

Acting Presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said the following approved testing and quarantine protocols for foreign travelers.

For Fully Vaccinated Individuals:

  • A negative RT-PCR test result conducted within 72 before departure from the country of origin.
  • Upon arrival, they'll have to undergo a facility-based quarantine with an RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day (date of arrival being the 1st day).
  • They must undergo a home quarantine up to the 14th day from the date of arrival regardless of a negative result.

For the unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated:

  • They are required to obtain a negative RT-PCR test result conducted within 72 hours before departure from the country of origin.
  • Undergo a facility-based quarantine with an RT-PCR test done on the 7th day (the date of arrival being the first day).
  • Must undergo a home quarantine up to the 14th day from the date of arrival, regardless of a negative result.

Meanwhile, minors traveling with their parents or guardians must follow the testing and quarantine protocol of their parent/guardian regardless of their vaccination status and country of origin.

As for international passengers who have already arrived and are currently undergoing quarantine, they must continue with the testing and quarantine protocols in place at the time of their arrival.

Officials have also ordered the Department of Transportation to make sure only passengers who comply with the negative RT-PCR test-before-travel requirement can board airlines.

The updated guidelines are parts of the government's effort to bar the entry of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant in the country.

Red list countries

Nograles said Filipinos returning to the Philippines via government-initiated or non-government repatriations and Bayanihan Flights from red-listed countries are only permitted to deplane via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport or Clark International Airport.

Officials also direct the Department of Transportation to ensure airlines' compliance with this directive. Upon arrival, the individual shall comply with the testing and quarantine protocols prescribed under IATF Resolution No. 149-A (s.2021).

(ABS-CBN News)


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