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Philippines OKs new quarantine protocols for travelers from 'green, yellow' countries

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Philippines OKs new quarantine protocols for travelers from 'green, yellow' countries
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MANILA, Philippines (Updated 2:27 p.m.) — The Philippines on Friday started the implementation of shorter quarantine protocols for international travelers coming from countries classified as low risk and moderate risk for COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated individuals coming from “green” (low risk) and “yellow” (moderate risk) nations and jurisdictions need to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test results taken on the fifth day, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.

They will then be required to undergo home quarantine until their 10th day. The day of their arrival will be considered their first day.

Meanwhile, unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified or confirmed as valid or authentic by local authorities coming from “green” or “yellow” countries will undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of the RT-PCR taken on the seventh day.

After that, they need to undergo home quarantine until their 14th day.

Foreign nationals are required to secure their own pre-booked accommodation of at least six days for the fully inoculated, and at least eight days for the unvaccinated, the partially vaccinated, and individuals who vaccination status cannot be independently confirmed as valid or authentic.

Here is a list of documents that will be accepted to verify or confirm a person’s vaccination status:

  • Certification from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in the country of origin for overseas Filipino workers and their spouses, parents and/or children traveling with them
     
  • VaxCert digital vaccination certificate or Bureau of Quarantine-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV) for Filipinos or foreigners fully vaccinated in the Philippines
     
  • National digital certificate of the foreign government which accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement or BOQ-issued ICV for non-OFWs and foreigners fully vaccinated abroad

Here is a list of “red,” “yellow” and “green” countries:

Red list

  • Bermuda

Green list

  • American Samoa
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chad
  • China (mainland)
  • Comoros
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Hungary
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Poland
  • Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of Netherlands)
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Taiwan
  • Algeria
  • Bhutan
  • Cook Islands
  • Eritrea
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • Nicaragua
  • Niue
  • North Korea
  • Saint Helena
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen

Yellow list

  • All other countries and territories

Shorter quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers

The business sector's call to relax the health protocols for travelers, especially for the fully vaccinated, was meant to help boost tourism and ramp up economic activity.

Joey Concepcion, presidential adviser for entrepreneurship, lauded the government's decision to grant shortened quarantine protocols for vaccinated travelers.

“This is a great Christmas gift for Filipino families. We have lost so much lives [in] this pandemic. Now, our balikbayans can spend time with their families. They can celebrate together with extra money to spend from the hotel quarantine savings,” Concepcion said.

Concepcion the sector is hoping that other areas, especially the tourist destinations, would also ease restrictions for travelers.

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The Department of Tourism says that 75.39% or 236,714 of the total active tourism workers in the Philippines are now inoculated against COVID-19.

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All non-Singaporeans and people without permanent residency in the city-state who have recent travel history to the seven countries will be barred from entering or transiting through Singapore, the health ministry says.

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