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Philippines sets new testing, quarantine rules for inbound travelers

The Philippines Embassy in Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman
The Philippines Embassy in Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman

Muscat: The Philippines has amended the testing and quarantine protocols for countries not classified under the Red List category, the country's embassy in Oman said on Saturday.


The Philippines recently added the Sultanate of Oman, UAE, Pakistan, and India to the travel green list.


The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) approved new testing and quarantine protocols for arriving international passengers from countries, territories, and jurisdictions in the green and yellow list from December 3.


The green list is composed of countries, territories, and jurisdictions with a low risk of Covid-19 infection while the yellow list is composed of destinations with a moderate risk of Covid-19 infection.


“For fully vaccinated individuals, they shall be required to have a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin,” Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles said in a press statement.


“Upon arrival in the Philippines, they shall undergo facility-based quarantine with an RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day, with the date of arrival being the first day,” he added.


Regardless of a negative result, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine up to the 14th day from the date of arrival.


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Not fully vaccinated


“Individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated shall be required a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin,” Nograles said.


Upon arrival in the Philippines, they shall undergo facility-based quarantine with an RT-PCR test done on the 7th day, with the date of arrival being the first day.


Regardless of a negative result, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine up to the 14th day from the date of arrival.


The Department of Transportation (DOTRr) must ensure that airlines board only passengers who comply with the negative RT-PCR test-before-travel requirement.


On the other hand, testing and quarantine protocols of minors shall follow the testing and quarantine protocol of the parent/guardian traveling with them, regardless of the minor’s vaccination status and country of origin.


International passengers who have already arrived and are currently undergoing quarantine shall continue with the testing and quarantine protocols in place at the time of their arrival.


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